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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781441873446
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Published two weeks after Vladimir Nabokov’s seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat.

This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.

“Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” —John Updike

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hala | 2/14/2014

    " All I can say is that as nymphets go, both Ada and Lucette leave that little Haze twit far, far behind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.K. | 2/9/2014

    " I need to re-visit this. It deserves much more of my time, as it is about time, space and place, concatenations of highly erotic and intellectual love, and Van's perfect bowel movements. Maybe it is not about his bowel movements, but he mentions having perfect bowel movements a bit much. The incest is less problematic than the bowel movements. Vlad lost me when he had Van Veen share his treatise on time, which is... not terribly obviously ordered. But I want to throw myself back into the arduous murk and musk of the book. It's pretty heady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 2/7/2014

    " Yes, V, you are smarter than I am. The Ardis portion was the best, easily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 2/7/2014

    " I really loved this book. Not an easy read, but fantastic writing and a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason McKinzie | 1/24/2014

    " This is my absolute favorite book. I hesitate to recommend it to others, however, because it is a hard book to work through. But I believe it is more than worth it in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. | 1/23/2014

    " jazz as prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/2/2014

    " this book read like a five course meal. it was like eating a delicously rich feast that took hours to complete. it takes time and patience to digest but in the end it was worth every minute. i know i'm corny but this was one of the most beautifuly written book i've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 12/16/2013

    " Dark, heart-breaking, and beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jessica | 12/16/2013

    " My second favorite Nabokov novel so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Coffeen | 12/12/2013

    " Language birthing language, forging time games and impossible palpability. Freakishly delicious, almost too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 10/30/2013

    " Just finished rereading this. While I love Nabokov's style, innumberable alliterations, this convoluted novel has too much French and Russian interspersed for me to really enjoy it. In the end, it just made me feel inadequate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianne P. | 5/2/2013

    " I loved this book. It is really beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Bailey | 11/15/2012

    " i read this and told my boyfriend he couldn't call me his girlfriend, he should only call me his lover. this is hot, and creepy, and dark like a russian castle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/11/2012

    " V.C. Andrews for intellectuals. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira Henehan | 6/19/2012

    " I pretty much think this is the best book of all time. Like a culmination of what Nabokov could do, what language could do, and what narrative could do. Just. Fucking. Fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicity | 5/24/2012

    " quite twisted "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jena | 2/7/2012

    " This book was a brilliant mockery of the large russian family novel, but it got a little too close, at times, to that which it mocked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/5/2012

    " Not as good as Lolita or Pale Fire but average Nabokov is still pretty wonderful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney Berry | 12/7/2011

    " Another one in the top ten favorite books list "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 7/27/2011

    " Meh. Maybe someone much more intellectually savvy than I would like this book. However, I can't get past the 12 & 14 year old cousins/brother-sister having sex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 7/27/2011

    " Enjoying immensely, it might easily become my favourite Nabokov. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 subterraneanhomesickalien | 7/27/2011

    " This is probably my favorite novel of all time. I have read it twice and will no doubt read it again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 4/11/2011

    " The best thing in it is the Texture of Time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/5/2011

    " I had a Nabokov reading jag in the late 70's. To tell you the truth, I remember brother and sister, so European, or Russian trying to pass as European..... have to take another shot at it, see if the intervening years change reactions. "

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About the Author
Author Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1889–1977) was one of the most prolific writers and literary critics of the twentieth century. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, he grew up in a trilingual household and later studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in 1922. For the next eighteen years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym “Sirin” and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian. Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in 1940 when he was forced to leave France for the United States. There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He died in Montreux, Switzerland.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.