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3.7925 out of 53.7925 out of 53.7925 out of 53.7925 out of 53.7925 out of 5 3.79 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Jeremy Irons Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780739333211
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Awe and exhilaration—along with heartbreak and mordant wit—abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story 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. Most of all, it is a meditation on love—love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casie | 11/7/2013

    " The story is uncomfortable, the prose is incredible. Every time I sat down to read I felt the urge to jump up and take a shower, feeling so disgustingly violated, but the point of view draws you in despite making your skin crawl. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darlene | 11/7/2013

    " very strange and i only read it because so many had and i had heard talk about it all my life. it was different from any thing i ahd ever read and though it was well written i would not enjoy any more like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anca | 10/25/2013

    " Amazing. One of my favorite books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 10/4/2013

    " An extremely well-crafted and well-written book but so difficult to read due to its subject matter. Evansville, Indiana readers should recognize a reference to the monkey ship at Mesker Zoo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Onyango Makagutu | 9/4/2013

    " What a classic work by Nabokov "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 8/16/2013

    " Lolita is well-written. It creates empathy in ways that most rational people would imagine to be impossible. The character development, narrative, plot, and theme are all commendable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rose | 4/2/2013

    " I wouldn't read it again if I had to. It was really good in the writing, but the story was really boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mallory | 1/13/2013

    " Disturbing, funny, disturbing, heart wrenching, disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Deeb | 9/28/2012

    " Oh, Nabokov... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Vanstone | 3/28/2012

    " No dressing it up, Humbert Humbert is a paedophile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Swagata Kashyap | 11/14/2011

    " A very different story told in a very poetic manner but sometimes it becomes too much descriptive... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 5/25/2011

    " Actually, I never finished this. I'm sure it's great literature, just upset me too much to get very far, like in a slimy, skin-prickley way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/22/2011

    " I guess I wanted to confirm that this book was mostly just sick. I did find it interesting, and the author/character is exceptionally well read - lots of references I didn't get.

    Also: I need to work on my French. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 5/21/2011

    " I was trying hard to focus on the freedom of speech and rebellion of social acceptance because in the background my head was screaming “WHAT THE FUCK!!!” "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/21/2011

    " A classic, in my mind, that puts a unique spin on a controversial issue. This book opened up my eyes and mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 5/18/2011

    " One of my favourites. The writing is just so great you forget all about the perverted premise. I want to breathe Nabokov, the writing is so punny, clever, and humourous as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " This book will make you rethink your morals. "

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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

Jeremy Irons, winner of both an Oscar® and a Tony® has starred in such films as Dead Ringers, Reversal of Fortune, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and was the voice of Scar in The Lion King.