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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781441872852
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From Vladimir Nabokov, the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and the 1950s, these sixty-eight tales — fourteen of which have been translated into English for the first time - display all the shades of Nabokov’s imagination. They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur’s samplings of the table of human folly. Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers an intoxicating draft of the master’s genius, his devious wit, and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy. This edition includes the newly discovered story “Natasha.” “Sumptuous . . . glorious.” — The New York Times “Some of the most nape-tingling prose and devilish inventions in twentieth-century letters. . . . An authentic literary event.” — Time 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 Rodney Welch | 2/12/2014

    " It wouldn't take all that much arm-twisting for me to make this a 5-star review, because some of these stories are masterpieces -- alas, the number of slight, precious, or just obscure tales does have an effect on the grandmaster's GPA. But there's so much in it that is spectacular: "Signs and Symbols," "The Vane Sisters," "Cloud, Castle, Lake," "Perfection," "Spring in Fialta," among many other glittering jewels. A must-buy for anyone interested in VN. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/4/2014

    " Bar none, the finest collection of short English prose I have ever read. Nabokov was impossibly good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.C. | 2/2/2014

    " the only reason I didn't finish was because there were like 1,000 stories in there and had no desire to read every single one. good stories though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rory | 1/31/2014

    " Ah Nabokov.. WHERE have you been all my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 1/31/2014

    " One critic had the perfect word: Luminous. Distinctly Nabokovian gems, arranged chronologically beginning with the collections self-translated from their original Russian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/9/2014

    " Nabokov was a master of the short form, and this collection is awe inspiring in its scope and beauty. Some of the stories ("A Letter that Never Reached Russia," "A Russian Beauty," "Signs and Symbols" to name a few) literally took my breath away, while I want to deconstruct others piece by piece to learn how he made them. The language of the stories, in translation or written originally in English, is always precise and delicate. As with any collection of this nature, not every story hit the mark for me, and every reader will have different ideas of what does hit the mark, but overall it is an amazing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/8/2014

    " With keen and lucid language Nabokov effectively grapples with his own and the world's socio-political diversity and drama. The metaphor of "The Wood Sprite" can bring to tears while "The Christmas Story" is simply compelling. An intriguing and fun read for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joaquin Lujan | 1/8/2014

    " When I need to feel the fullness of life- all encompassing- I read these stories again and then again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 1/5/2014

    " one thing i always go back to, most of the stories are really, really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stirling Mortlock | 12/31/2013

    " Awesome. I think he's a better short story writer than a novelist. Little packets of crisp, beautiful writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari Beighley | 12/21/2013

    " One of my favorite short story writers of all time. My favorite is and has always been "Music" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 12/5/2013

    " The story, "Symbols and Signs," sticks inside your brain and keeps popping up, like the hook of a really dark pop song. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaela.hayes | 11/24/2013

    " My bedside table book. The way he works language is astounding. Short, dreamy prose to send me off to dream. Not all the dreams are pretty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vel | 11/12/2013

    " Some are better than others, all are about Russian exiles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Foster | 11/11/2013

    " Brilliant. Forget about Lolita for a while and read some of his other stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miguelito | 9/6/2013

    " sucked me in and I could not turn away "

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

    " I haven't actually finished this yet. "

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

    " the best short stories ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 6/11/2013

    " Back up, everybody, give the man room - the short form can't contain him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 3/19/2013

    " I read these stories over and over again, and each time I find something new to love: a line, a character.. something that I hadn't noticed the first time. I love writing that seems new and fresh even when you've read it multiple times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nico | 9/1/2012

    " you know, I'm still reading this. Whatever happpened to it -shelved incorrectly by someone trying to help me unpack, I assume. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 8/31/2012

    " A stunning collection of works by a masterful writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hadrian | 12/17/2011

    " I love love love love love love these stories. Gems, each and every one. Praise be to Nabokov "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/20/2011

    " A little overwhelming ... so many stories! More of a dip-in and read one or two at a time kind of collection, but I always stand humbled in the face of his utter brilliance as a writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaworu | 4/7/2011

    " I love love love love love love these stories. Gems, each and every one. Praise be to Nabokov "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bennet | 2/21/2011

    "
    I like this edition best, with translations by Dmitri Nabokov. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/15/2010

    " he got better as he got older. hero.

    a better novelist than story writer. but there are patches of sheer brilliance. . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joaquin | 7/8/2010

    " When I need to feel the fullness of life- all encompassing- I read these stories again and then again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ej | 3/17/2010

    " Sixty something stories, over 600 pages. Library book. Even though I renewed it twice, I couldn't finish. Ace writing, as usual from Nabokov. When I get through the ten books on my nightstand, I'll check it out again and read the last stories. Always a pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myrna | 2/17/2010

    " Superb! I have this collection if you want to borrow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/17/2009

    " With keen and lucid language Nabokov effectively grapples with his own and the world's socio-political diversity and drama. The metaphor of "The Wood Sprite" can bring to tears while "The Christmas Story" is simply compelling. An intriguing and fun read for anyone. "

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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 multiple 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.