Lolita

Lolita

Audiobook CD - 1997
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The hilarious and tragic story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged Russian man who feels passion only for young the "nymphet" Dolores Haze, whom he renames Lolita.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p1997, c1955
Edition: Unabridged
Branch Call Number: COMPACT DISC FICTION NAB
Characteristics: 10 compact sound discs (11:30 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm

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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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goldenbeetle
May 04, 2019

Let's get this out of the way: behaviors that carry out the desires of pedophilia is unacceptable.

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Beautiful.

The protagonist's emotions were written with careful thought and detail that you could see there was conflict between emotions, mind, and action. A very easy character to sympathize with.

The plot was structured and made the story easy to follow.

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1aa
Mar 11, 2019

The narration of this audiobook is absolutely phenomenal; among the best read audiobooks I have ever heard; it will not have to be recorded again. The shifts of voice to represent different characters, different classes, and emotions (rhapsody, contempt, mockery, pride, resentment, nostalgia, and a host of others) is spot on. The work itself is always interesting for both the creepy theme and the exquisite, almost poetic, phrases that lash out upon one's consciousness. Definitely worth re-listening to (even better than reading it or re-reading it).

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county attorney review the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to determine if it meets the state law’s definition of “unsuitable for minors.” from www.ala.org American Library Association

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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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kn1226
Mar 17, 2016

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

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tiffanyhna
Aug 22, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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tiffanyhna
Aug 22, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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