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    Lolita is more than a simple tale of an aging intellectual's relentless and ultimately destructive fascination for a 12-year-old girl, and Jeremy Irons masterfully captures both the text and the meaning of Nabokov's legendary source material. It provides a searing glimpse of the collision of two worlds, of man and girl, and of Europe and America. At times funny and other times cryptic, the story is best heard many times to capture its full flavor and meaning.

    Irons, who played Humbert in a screen version, delivers the text knowingly and with great insight into both Humbert and Nabokov as he defends his behavior. More than simply listening to the audio, you quickly feel yourself stepping into someone's mind, a disturbingly compelling place that you just can't turn your ears away from.

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    When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause celebre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the 20th century's novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Awe and exhilaration, along with heartbreak and mordant wit, abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. But most of all, it is a meditation on love - as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

    (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

    Commentaires

    "Lolita is an authentic work of art which compels our immediate response and serious reflection, a revealing and indispensable comedy of horrors." (San Francisco Chronicle)

    "Language is essential to Lolita, and Mr. Irons captures Humbert's voice perfectly. In the Random House audiobook, he read the novel with a sensitivity to the language that conveys all of Nabokov's humor, passion, and lyricism." (The New York Times)

    "Jeremy Irons...commands the text with the grand sense of character and palpable eroticism it requires.... The combination of Nabokov’s prose and Irons’s performance carries listeners out of a seat of judgment into Humbert’s pure admiration for and desire to possess that archetypical fire-energy of a young girl. This horrifyingly beautiful story of wild obsession truly comes alive in this audiobook production." (AudioFile)

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    Lecture parfaite

    Jeremy Irons donne complètement vie aux personnages.

    Son français a un leger accent mais reste parfaitement compréhensible.

    Ce livre audio est peut-être la meilleure façon pour decouvrir Lolita

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    Oui!

    Oui, au choix de Jeremy Irons! Oui, à cette histoire qui ne cesse de m'impressionner, j'ai l'impression de l'aimer encore plus chaque fois que j'y suis confrontée. C'est la première fois que j'essaie l'audiobook, et je dois dire que je suis loin d'être déçue. Mais peut être que cela est du au fait que Lolita est, et reste malgré les années qui passent, mon livre préféré, écrit par mon auteur préféré.

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    Lolita

    Before embarking on that listen I'd recommend to look into Nabokov's background so as to better grasp his somewhat highbrow style. Anyway, what a villain that Humbert guy: a scheming stepfather, doting sugar daddy, possessive lover and finally a remorseful but vengeful man. Jeremy Irons's lively and apt narration for sure redeems some stuffy parts of the book.

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    True classic

    Ecouteriez-vous à nouveau ce titre ? Pourquoi ?

    So enthralling that I immediately read up on Nabokov and am now considering another of his novels.

    Avec quel autre livre pouvez-vous comparer Lolita ? Expliquez pourquoi.

    As gasp-inducing as Casanova's autobiography, and augmented by treacle-like prose worthy of (or perhaps superior to) Joyce.

    Qu'est-ce qu'a pu apporter Jeremy Irons de plus à l'histoire par rapport à si vous aviez lu le livre ?

    Irons hits the world-weary mid-Atlantic accent and mannerisms on the head. His delivery of the French passages is just a tad dodgy but nevertheless I give him 5 stars without hesitation. A virtuoso.

    Y-a-t-il eu un moment du livre qui vous a particulièrement touché ?

    The asides to the reader are particularly poignant.

    Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

    I can only wonder at the scale of the scandal this book must have caused when first published. If it weren't so beautifully written some would no doubt argue that it should be banned today.

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    • Yvette D Skinner
    • 28/05/2009

    Surprising good reading

    This book's subject matter is admitedly an unsavory one to most, however, it is considered in some circles to be a "classic" work and so I resigned myself to reading it. I am glad that I did. I was surprised at how completely I was drawn into the story. This book is very well written and deserving of the serious reader's consideration.

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    • Jim
    • 26/10/2005

    An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience

    I have tried to read LOLITA on several occassions, but for whatever reason--probably the dull, midwest monotony of my internal reading voice--have put the book down. I purchased LOLITA (read by Jeremy Irons) with a sense of trepidation (had I just bought something I would never finish?) The book is as impressive as the critics will tell you. Nabokov's language, his ability to fully render a scene, his mind-boggling vocabularly, and his characters--those desperate and beautiful and horrible creatures--are like nothing else in the canon of fiction. Add to this the luxurious experience of Jeremy Irons' voice and you end up with a book--a reading--that will make you shake your head in awe.

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    • T. C. Pile
    • 07/12/2008

    Nabokov Narrated with Subtlety

    This audiobook is completely sustained by the superb and finely attuned narration of Jeremy Irons. While Lolita is and remains a classic of 20th Century literature, this production will allow you to see [hear] a completely new perspective. Irons takes you completely inside the mind of Humbert Humbert, and with skill and subtlety makes you loathe him and sympathize with him at the same time. His tremulous and unspeakable desire mixed with his engulfing shame, his cowardice and his bravery standing side by side, his disregard of social norms tempered by his utter need for secrecy -- all of these conflicts are roiling beneath the surface of the story as it unfolds. This is a performance that only the finest of actors could pull off.

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    • Erez
    • 29/05/2008

    A masterpiece

    It took me a long time to convince myself to "read" this disturbing book, and as soon as I finished the audiobook I went out and bought myself a print version. This book is written with a mastery of language and a chilling insight into the depths of the human soul that make it a true masterpiece. And the narration... If ever there was a perfect match between book and reader, this is it.

    All I can say is: Get this book. You won't regret it.

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    • Debra
    • 22/06/2006

    Disturbing but beautiful

    There is really nothing to add to all the wonderful reviews that have been written about this story and it's masterful narration. It is well worth the time to listen. My heart broke a million times over for little Dolores and I was shocked by how much sympathy I felt for the monster Humbert Humbert by the end of the story.
    Jeremy Irons is a masterful narrator. I loved every second of it. Even when I wanted to choke HH.

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    • Harold D. Doublename
    • 03/03/2008

    Perfection.

    I find it difficult to believe that any person could give Lolita less than five stars, and the audio performance by Jeremy Irons is beyond masterful. Yes, this is a disturbing book - it is meant to be. Is it pro-pedophilia? Emphatically not. Any person who sticks with the book to the very bitter end comes to realize the true theme of Lolita, and feels the sadness of a lost chance at redemption.

    In my opinion, there has never been a more beautiful, touching, shocking, and profound work of fiction than Lolita. Jeremy Irons as the narrator is just the icing on the cake.

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    • Victoria Wright
    • 12/07/2007

    Incandescent

    Nabokov's masterpiece, Lolita, is wistful, erotic, funny, sad, elegiac. Although it is about the passion of an adult male for a female child, it is, at its heart, a heartbreaking love story. With his glorious words (and wordplay), Nabokov paints portraits of his characters and their different longings and pain that are so real and so sympathetic, one is left breathless.

    Jeremy Irons, who was a brilliant Humbert in Adrian Lyne's movie, reads this book into your ear as if he is sitting beside you, wanting more than anything to make you understand how it all happened.

    Lolita is a work of art on the printed page, and also as an audiobook. But don't listen in traffic -- it deserves the listener's rapt, undivided attention.

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    • Reader
    • 15/02/2015

    A unique (hopefully) perspective

    I chose this book from a list of top 100 fiction books, laughingly thinking it might be a cross between Dr. Suess's "Oh, the Places You'll Go" and "Fifty Shades of Grey". Ha.

    The main character is a pedophile. I have never been a pedophile, and as an over 50 year old female, I am not likely to be one. He feels jealousy, lust, happiness, satisfaction, etc. like we all do. What is profoundly different is the cause of these emotions. He is personally insulted by the ravages of aging, but specifically the aging of girls from about 8 to about the mid-teens. He is annoyed, in a big and petulant way, by the details - plucked eyebrows, big hips, new ears (new ears? I never noticed that).

    The descriptions of the annoyances are vast and poetic and continual - brown leaves choking a brook, one last cricket in a crisp woods, conjuring death as simple as a bit dry wood, the faint leaf echo on the bank of a russet ravine, a nondescript air with a shaggy belly, eyes slit in a muddy void, ruined looks hopelessly worn out at 17, etc. His exasperations are as relentless as aging itself. The story has descriptions of his attractions, but I was more affected by the exacting details of what not only didn't attract him, but definitely and completely repulsed him, thus dooming his hopes (and his soul) eternally.

    Surely greater minds than mine know the source of this story, but suffice it to say I don't think you can make this stuff up. Someone was well and truly peeved by puberty. I didn't expect that. I expected horrors but, in what is probably true to the pedophile, the horrors are his, not the victims. That is horrible, but the book is not. The book belongs on the 100 top books, but I am not sure it is fiction.

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    • Parola138
    • 26/01/2011

    #1

    Some narrators read a book. However, this one is done with such great passion that I rank it as one of the top five, if not the top #1 for best narration. Though I feel that a book can do little to shock me, somewhat because of modern times and somewhat because I'm a morbid person... this book got under my skin and terrified me in ways that I don't think Stephen King could even touch on. Taking place some sixty years ago... I did not expect it to be as potent today as it might have been back then, but the writing is so good that this is a classic for a reason. Definitely a timeless book. The narrator is what makes it though.

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    • A. M.
    • 25/01/2020

    Glorified Evil Written by a Bourgeoisi Elitist

    This is not a work of psychology or educational material. It should not be studied for human behavior. The main character is like the writer, wealthy and privileged. He destroys a modest woman, and kidnaps and rapes her child as if they were worthless, for being working class people, and it was his right. The work deserves not to be honored for greatness, classified as great by the bourgeois elitists at literary institutions. The work is the evil imagination of a bourgeoisie elitist whose story seems to justify evils of educated individuals, just as long as they throws in long descriptive sentences with mixes of French to fool the reader into believing they can disregard their morals to accept the immoral and evil actions of the main character. The writers social status and family ties probably allowed it to be accepted and laughed off, but we can't all be class fools, we aren't blind, and we don't all follow the crowd.

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    • paul
    • 13/05/2016

    English language mastered at length

    It is a long book. And you need to be ready to listen to the elegantly put thoughts of a pedophile for hours. But that is the core of its artistic value and what makes this book so courageos and impressive. Wonderful: the very elaborate language which Irons masters geniously, bringing the character(s) to life.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 09/06/2020

    great and komplex feelings

    to keep it as short as possible: i listened this book because of a youtuber called "philosophie tube" and i guess many younger listeners will too. he made a great little assey on it, a video titled "beauty in ugly times". so instead of repeating his views, i advise you to check this video out. i found this book very komplex and intriguing and I am happy that i have read it. jeremy irons is, comme usual, a great actor and he really sells this one. from humberts twisted view and urges, to his artistic core and beauty of mind (how he describes even moundane things as vividly as it where directly in front of you) itvreally comes across that humbert is suffering from his obsession. great story, told like a true one.

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    • SQS
    • 20/10/2017

    Probably the best book ever written

    The low tone quality made me enjoy the good speaker and increadible story a little bit less. I most likely will never again encounter such a wonderfully written book

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    • Daniel Romero-Posada
    • 25/04/2021

    Exquisitely beautiful and disgusting

    Let's get matters straight: HH is an abhorent human being attempting to win the reader over to his side. He deserves nothing. Dolores almost never gets to exist in this book, HH's 'Lolita' is most of what we get...

    I can't say I could recommend this book, for although it is definitely one of the best-written books I have read, it has left me distraught. I both mourn Dolores and hate myself for falling for HH's beautiful narration. This is one of the great tragedies of literature. There is no love here. There is only lust and hate. Don't let yourself be fooled into believing this is a love story. It is not.

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    • Matthias Ruckenbauer
    • 08/07/2019

    Faszinierend und perfekt erzählt

    Nabokov's psychographic description of a man torn between his love to a young girl and the destructive lust that makes him abuse her told in a perfect mix of poetic melancholy and aggressive excitement by Jeremy Irons. A must have.

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    • Pauline
    • 31/03/2017

    A classic you have to read/listen

    It is a classic and a great book: beautiful and perverse... complicate relation between both main characters.