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Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781441873071
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Glory is the wryly ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his life is about to be wasted and hoping to impress his love, he decides to embark upon a “perilous, daredevil project” — an illegal attempt to reenter the Soviet Union, from which he and his mother had fled in 1919. He succeeds — but at a terrible cost. “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” — John Updike Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DoctorM | 2/12/2014

    " A very early and rather romantic Nabokov. A young man's novel, but surprisingly powerful, and full of Russian romanticism and melancholy. "

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

    " Beautiful early Nabokov displaying all of his later concerns and framing playfulness in the form of a coming of age story. Contains one of the great goalkeeper scenes in literature, and one of the most vertiginous, breathtaking narrative gambits at its end, achieved with a sleight of hand that I suspect Conrad would have applauded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/22/2014

    " Really great novel by everyone's favorite Russian emigre. I liked it better than Pale Fire, most people would probably argue me on that one, but fuck you, I say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/16/2014

    " A mixture of Faulkner and Woolf in the Nabokovian style. An enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavina | 1/16/2014

    " What is up with the description of the book on the cover verso of the Vintage edition? It's like I read another book entirely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 12/23/2013

    " I love Nabokov but wasn't too fond of this one. I can only assume that is because its brilliance is way over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janarchy | 5/8/2013

    " Glory is slow and Russian for about 4/5 of the book - not bad, just Russian - but the ending is fucking brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riley | 5/3/2013

    " Vladimir Nabokov has, unfortunately, always disappointed me, though I've returned to him many times hoping it wouldn't be so. This book was an exception, and I enjoyed it a lot. Nabokov's descriptive powers are really on display here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 12/26/2012

    " What a snooze-fest. My least favorite Nabokov so far. Where's the magic? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bistra | 4/26/2012

    " not my favourite nabokov book, that's for sure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 5/9/2011

    " an early Russian novel of Nabokov that I had never read, shows the dangers of romanticism. As usual with Nabokov, I had to look up a few words, but well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/1/2011

    " This is one of Nabokov's happiest books, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lukas | 12/1/2010

    " read 12/00 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lila | 11/4/2010

    " Nabokov = fucking genius. I mean: "Amidst the twilight of the room, all in white, sat Irina, seeming to float int he dusk like a ghostly turtle.' GHOSTLY TURTLE?? Holy holy mackerel all holy. So good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexis | 7/5/2010

    " Nothing really happens, but I suppose Nabokov did warn me in his introduction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 4/10/2010

    " I love Nabokov but wasn't too fond of this one. I can only assume that is because its brilliance is way over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 12/7/2009

    " an early Russian novel of Nabokov that I had never read, shows the dangers of romanticism. As usual with Nabokov, I had to look up a few words, but well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/1/2009

    " Pierwsza z ksiazek Nabokova, która przeczytalem. Wspaniale dzielo, bylem pod wielkim wrazeniem po przeczytaniu jej. Nie moge nic wiecej napisac, bo byloby to zbyt nieobiektywne ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 bistra | 8/11/2009

    " not my favourite nabokov book, that's for sure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lila | 5/10/2009

    " Nabokov = fucking genius. I mean: "Amidst the twilight of the room, all in white, sat Irina, seeming to float int he dusk like a ghostly turtle.' GHOSTLY TURTLE?? Holy holy mackerel all holy. So good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 7/9/2008

    " This is one of Nabokov's happiest books, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavina | 12/6/2007

    " What is up with the description of the book on the cover verso of the Vintage edition? It's like I read another book entirely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 11/13/2007

    " Really great novel by everyone's favorite Russian emigre. I liked it better than Pale Fire, most people would probably argue me on that one, but fuck you, I say. "

About the Author

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

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.