Lolita

Lolita

Audiobook CD - 2004 | Library ed
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Hubert Humbert is a middle-age fantasist, still in love with Annabel, his first sweetheart. She was a beautiful and pure young woman who died years ago of typhus. Out of the blue Humbert finds a girl fatally reminiscent of Annabel. Her name is Dolores; he rechristens her Lolita. But instead of the innocence he expects, Lolita gives him steamy pubescence. she is greedily sensual, eager to earn her way into womanhood.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, ℗2004
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415901267
1415901260
Call Number: CD Fiction NABOKOV
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Irons, Jeremy 1948-

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"Awe and exhiliration - 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 ... Read More »

Of course, the first time this sad and twisted love story should probably be read on the page, or on an e-reader, but let me just tell you, this audio book is read by Jeremy Irons.

Of course, the first time this sad and twisted love story should probably be read on the page but what a joy to listen to Jeremy Irons tell the story.


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ArapahoePatrick Jul 19, 2020

A very discomforting read that serves to critique all of contemporary society through the lens of an abuser.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 09, 2020

A literary classic, known for its controversial and disturbing plot, but in my opinion, not discussed enough or revered enough for its accomplishments as a clever and entertaining read that opens you up to a perspective you never even wanted, but needed. The protagonist Humbert, is one of the best examples as an untrustworthy narrator, Nabakov uses this tool subtly enough to make you seamlessly almost be fooled, but not hard enough to spot that you question the true meaning of the story- which is a warning to protect our youths. Well written characters, suspenseful plot and a very relaxing and beautiful read (surprisingly considering the content), this book deserves its phrase and more, I give it five stars out of five.
@Ace of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Lolita is a masterpiece as Nabokov has brilliantly disguised is as a romance novel when in reality it’s about a pedophile whose in love with his step daughter Delores but he calls her Lolita. How Nabokov describes this as a romance novel is by telling the whole story through the pedophiles eyes and in his mind Lolita loves him back but in reality she only every wanted a father figure. Not only is this novel so brilliantly put together but the author even got Lolita on point as a young teenager. She’s portrayed as a care free girl and maybe even slightly confusing but considering what this novel makes her go through I can imagine the different voices battling in her head that make her act so strange at times. Personally I felt very uncomfortable reading this book but I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s a bit like watching the Ted Bundy files if you know what I mean. 3 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

CALS_Lee Apr 07, 2020

Yeah, I think you've likely heard of Lolita. It's astonishing however how this novel seems to get characterized, including in official blurbs. The "freedom and sophistication" in the telling of "a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness", and "most of all, it is a meditation on love". How different and much less appealing the novel would seem I guess if advertised as a story told from inside the head of a child rapist. That would be irresponsible commercial blurbing.

It's an excellent novel, brilliantly and cleverly written, but a love story it is not. The protagonist is written in a way that certainly causes Nabokov controversy, because the character is writing this story to the reader from his prison cell and wants the reader to, yes, view it as a doomed love story. But that's what the character is doing, not what Nabokov is doing.

Humbert tells us from the start of his journey with Lolita that he won her compliance by threatening her with what would become of her as an orphan child if she tries to escape him. He writes of withholding breakfast from her until she "performs her morning duties". He writes of "her sobs in the night - every night, every night - the moment I feigned sleep."

Humbert himself, despite his other self-delusions, seems pretty clear that the "love" in this situation is entirely one-sided, it's just that though he makes performative nods in his telling of the story to feeling guilt on occasion, he's entirely self-centered. He feels love, therefore this is a love story. The reader should know better. It's not a love story, it's a story from the point of view of a pedophile. Which makes for uncomfortable reading, in what is, objectively, or at least as objectively as a novel can be taken, a brilliantly written book.

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becker
Mar 14, 2020

The story itself was uncomfortable to read from beginning to end, but my oh my...let's talk about the writing. I am dazzled by it. I will definitely re-read this book at some point. I was so distracted by the language that I feel I missed lots of subtleties in the story. I listened to the audio book narrated by Jeremy Irons and it was fabulous. He does amazing things with Humbert's character.

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lisser
Mar 09, 2020

I read it because it's considered a classic. Whatever, it wasn't written well and just the hype is not worth it.

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Kelly0102
Feb 27, 2020

Amazing recording of this classic. Jeremy Irons is not reading but acting out the novel.

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janerf
Oct 30, 2019

Listened to 2 hours before I had had enough barfing. 9.5 hours of muck unexplored.
Pretty words in compound, complex sentences does NOT excuse content. Have some integrity!
I’ve been forced to conclude that men obviously are victims of this perversion in unexpectedly (at least to me, heretofor) large numbers, for this trash to have garnered such high praise. The women who read Lolita in Tehran did so as victims of a culture that nurtures such perversion. Call me disgusted.

A masterpiece, the blackest of black comedies.

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Ray_Ho
Jul 24, 2019

Part one is not easy to digest, this book took me long to finish due to its vulgarity, perversity, but I won't knock on its written form, cause it does beautifully describe romance and love. I would recommend this. I won't ever read this again if I don't have to.

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l21195001514010
Jun 18, 2019

Lolita is written by a great author who can use wonderful levels of details to describe situations. That being said, the novel itself does not address the severe trauma that Dolores undergoes from having sex with adult men. All we see is the perversions of the protagonist, which many people come to "understand" and forgive. I hate seeing discussions of this book that include lines like, "I came to sympathize with the main character" as this indicates to me a disregard for the brutal rape and kidnapping that occurs over many years. Dolores essentially becomes a human trafficking survivor, but we are still encouraged to feel badly for this protagonist. All in all -- I read it to understand what everyone was saying about it and ended up feeling disappointed that so many well-rounded people continue to ignore the tragedy of this novel and the disgusting nature of its main character.

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PimaLib_SamR May 04, 2017

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.

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kn1226
Mar 17, 2016

In her washed-out gray eyes, strangely spectacled, our poor romance was for a moment reflected, pondered upon, and dismissed like a dull party, like a rainy picnic to which only the dullest bores had come, like a humdrum exercise, like a bit of dry mud caking her childhood.

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Mar 17, 2016

You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.

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Aug 22, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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