Extended Audio Sample

Download Vera Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Vera (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Stacy Schiff
3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacy Schiff Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

Hailed by critics as monumental (Boston Globe) and utterly romantic (New York magazine), Véra, the story of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov, brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, Pale Fire, and Speak, Memory, wrote his books first for himself and secondly for his wife.

Set in prewar Europe and postwar America and spanning much of the 20th century, this telling of the Nabokov's 52-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Véra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroine, a woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy. Stacy Schiff's Véra is a triumph of the biographical form. Download and start listening now!

BK_BLAK_003526

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kissmyshades | 2/18/2014

    " lovely & amazing couple. stacy schiff is also great, clearly knows her nabokov! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/11/2014

    " A thoroughly engaging biography. The author has created an entirely convincing world, obviously the world that she believes Vera Nabokov inhabited. We'll never know, of course, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief - for the moment at least - because Schiff is so skilled in marshalling, presenting and interpreting biograqphical detail in order to reveal her sense of Vera's personality, her beliefs, feelings, preferences, annoyances, and so on. Schiff suppresses any misgivings she may have felt at the sort of life Vera chose for herself - the extraordinarily capable and devoted assistant to a man whom Vera believed to be the most gifted writer of the 20th century. In her role as biographer Schiff is quite careful to portray her subject in the world her subject constructed and inhabited, and seems to avoid intruding into that world or judging a life she hasn't lived. I understand, of course, that objectivity in such endeavors can't and doesn't exist, but Schiff's gifts as a biographer include her ability to eliminate the traces and tracks of herself that other, less gifted biographers would have left to subvert the credibility of their work. I note that as far as I can tell after one reading there is nothing in Schiff's biography that controverts anything in Boyd's two-volume biography of Vladimir N. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle | 2/10/2014

    " LOVED this book....The author won a pulitzer prize - and deserves it! Stacy Schiff has an elegant touch in this biography of a difficult subject, the wife of Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita) She spent her life trying to stay in the shadows - She and Vladimir were happily married for over 50 years, and both left Russia (st. petersburg) during the pogroms, and then had to leave their newly adopted city, Berlin, when Hilter rose in power (Vera was jewish) This book is a wonderful look at part of the history of the early l900s in Russia and Germany, and the 50's in the USA where they lived for many years. It is a remarkable book about two brilliant, complicated people and their son....and of Russian emmigrants to the USA....and all that meant....She dedicated her life to his "genius" and she was an amazing translator and businesswoman, and spoke over 6 languages - in addition to taking complete care of him....They never owned a home, moved all the time, and caught butterflies in their spare time...:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 2/4/2014

    " Stacy Schiff is a good writer but ugh! I didn't care about either of these people. On and on and on about his writing and her editing. There was no love story here. I was glad when they died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette | 1/31/2014

    " Poignant biography on Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov supporting her husband through his progress as a writer and his personal foils. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whit | 1/28/2014

    " I came to dislike the Nabokovs rather a lot after reading this book. I don't read him anymore. It soured me. I think of their nasty portrait every time I try. The moral of the story is: don't read biographies of your favorite authors. These two reminded me of a number of miserable, cranky old intellectual (sometimes in their own minds)types I have known well and not-so-well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/19/2014

    " Admirable, extremely detailed, and well-documented biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Pieroni | 1/10/2014

    " Lots of great information. But what a bore to read. And I couldn't help thinking to myself: sure, it's called Vera, but it's really a biography of Vladimir. Couldn't quite finish this one. "

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

    " meticulous biography of Vera Nabokov, an outstanding woman. highly readable and many insight's into Vladimir Nabokov's world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 12/25/2013

    " I hate that the review above states that the author's prose "nearly matches Nabokov". This book is ok, but I think it would have been better if an editor had convinced the author to stop trying to write as cleverly as adorably as Nabokov. stop stop stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lisa | 12/18/2013

    " A wonderfully written account of the life of this brilliant woman, and her important supporting role in the work of her husband, Vladimir Nabokov. Long, but never dull!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nona | 11/14/2013

    " One of the most delicious, interesting and heart rendering love stories. Quotes and passages will stay with me forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 10/31/2013

    " You can't read Nabokov without also reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack | 8/5/2013

    " See my mention of this book in my note on the Boyd Nabo biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/14/2013

    " Very well-written bio of a fascinating woman who contributed greatly to the genius we (most of us) see in Vladimir Nabokov's writing. "

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

    " Biography at its absolute best. Makes me contemplate what it would have been like to play Scrabble with Nabokov. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/5/2013

    " I found this book fascinating and enraging. It made me pretty much despise both Nabokovs. That said, it seemed very well researched and re,aimed entertaining a lot longer than I would have thought possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwyn | 9/17/2012

    " if you like long and slightly boring memoirs (like i do), you will like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hadley | 7/31/2012

    " A rich love story of epic proportions. Vera's story is both of a strong, spirited woman and of a devoted, loving wife. The author is unafraid to reveal the complexities of their marriage. An honest look at the many layers that made up the life and love of Vera and Vladimir Nabokov. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Feindt | 7/19/2012

    " Awesome behind the scenes look at Vera and Vlad's life together. Much better than I had anticipated. Taught me things I hadn't even read in Strong Opinions and other VN bio's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/29/2011

    " Stacy Schiff is a gifted writer and biographer. I enjoyed the intimate, comprehensive view into the life of Vladimir and Vera Nabokov. Theirs was a complicated, deep, nuanced love, and I'm so glad that I never had to challenge them in a game of Scrabble. It would have been bloody (in their favor). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 6/15/2011

    " Although I don't think I would have liked Vera the person, this biography is a masterful portrait of the woman and the times and events of her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 3/8/2011

    " Biography at its absolute best. Makes me contemplate what it would have been like to play Scrabble with Nabokov. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 12/13/2010

    " I loved this book. It is so well written. I had only read "Lolita", but now am going back to look at Sebastian Knight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Awesome | 11/14/2010

    " Yikes! This book is obscenely lovely and Stacy Schiff is an ACE biographer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/29/2010

    " Admirable, extremely detailed, and well-documented biography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 4/22/2010

    " I had to skim this. After the intro, I really felt like I knew just about everything I wanted to know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lisa | 3/6/2010

    " A wonderfully written account of the life of this brilliant woman, and her important supporting role in the work of her husband, Vladimir Nabokov. Long, but never dull!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 11/13/2009

    " Lots of great information. But what a bore to read. And I couldn't help thinking to myself: sure, it's called Vera, but it's really a biography of Vladimir. Couldn't quite finish this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 10/1/2008

    " Awesome behind the scenes look at Vera and Vlad's life together. Much better than I had anticipated. Taught me things I hadn't even read in Strong Opinions and other VN bio's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwyn | 6/8/2008

    " if you like long and slightly boring memoirs (like i do), you will like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dead letter office | 3/27/2008

    " there's a part in here where she says, to her husband's publisher, something to the effect of 'my dear george, would it not be possible for you to somehow get organized?'

    that's the same thing i always say to myself! except i begin, 'my dear dylan...' "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff is the author of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Schiff lives in New York City.
About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.