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    • Lolita

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
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      5 out of 5 stars 860
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 857

    Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a truly spellbinding and brilliant book

    • By Tom on 04-05-10

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Speak Memory

    • An Autobiography Revisited
    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great!

    • By Hussain on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £25.79

    • Pale Fire

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed - according to Nabokov's fiction - by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • It's all very clever but...

    • By CMV on 28-04-17

    Regular price: £16.49

    • The Enchanter

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    The Enchanter is the Ur-Lolita, the precursor to Nabokov’s classic novel. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain pubescent girls, whose coltish grace and subconscious coquetry reveal, to his mind, a special bud on the verge of bloom.

    Regular price: £13.59

    • Laughter in the Dark

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set in the film world of Berlin in the 1930s.

    Regular price: £17.09

    • Despair

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965 - 30 years after its original publication - Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime: his own murder. One of the 20th century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator.

    Regular price: £18.39

    • Glory

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Glory is the wryly ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a 22-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his life is about to be wasted and hoping to impress his love, he decides to embark upon a “perilous, daredevil project” — an illegal attempt to reenter the Soviet Union, from which he and his mother had fled in 1919. He succeeds — but at a terrible cost.

    Regular price: £18.39

    • The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 31 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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 68 tales — 14 of which have been translated into English for the first time - display all the shades of Nabokov’s imagination.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dissapiointing Narration

    • By Paul on 10-07-11

    Regular price: £27.49

    • The Gift

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    The Gift is the last of the novels Nabokov wrote in his native language and the crowning achievement of that period in his literary career. It is also his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the course of its narrative: the story of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished émigré poet living in Berlin, who dreams of the book he will someday write - a book very much like The Gift itself.

    One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899.

    Regular price: £27.49

    • King, Queen, Knave

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    This novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a men’s clothing emporium. Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold middle-class wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the thin, awkward, myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle’s condescension in his aunt’s bed.

    Regular price: £18.39

    • Ada, or Ardor

    • A Family Chronicle
    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 12

    Published two weeks after Vladimir Nabokov’s seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat. This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A work of wonderous and haunting beauty.

    • By Tarquin on 08-03-19

    Regular price: £27.49

    • Transparent Things

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    " Transparent Things revolves around the four visits of the hero - sullen, gawky Hugh Person - to Switzerland.... As a young publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way, wrests her, after multiple humiliations, from a grinning Scandinavian and returns to NY with his bride.... Eight years later - following a murder, a period of madness and a brief imprisonment - Hugh makes a lone sentimental journey to wheedle out his past...." (Martin Amis)

    Regular price: £10.19

    • The Luzhin Defense

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Nabokov’s third novel, The Luzhin Defense, is a chilling story of obsession and madness. As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive, distracted, withdrawn, sullen — an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule to his classmates. He takes up chess as a refuge from the anxiety of his everyday life. His talent is prodigious and he rises to the rank of grandmaster — but at a cost: in Luzhin’s obsessive mind, the game of chess gradually supplants reality.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Check it out, mate!

    • By david on 16-03-11

    Regular price: £18.39

    • Mary

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of serio-comic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganin’s, who, he discovers, is Mary’s husband....

    Regular price: £13.59

    • Wonderful Town

    • New York Stories from The New Yorker
    • By: Woody Allen, John Cheever, E. B. White, and others
    • Narrated by: Tyne Daly, Timothy Jerome, Joe Morton, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 7

    New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection of 20 of its best stories from (so to speak) home.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing selection

    • By RONAN O'CALLAGHAN on 01-11-15

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Invitation to a Beheading

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude", an imaginary crime that defies definition.

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Bend Sinister

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America, and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote, Bend Sinister is a modern classic. While it is filled with veiled puns and characteristically delightful wordplay, it is, first and foremost, a haunting and compelling narrative about a civilized man caught in the tyranny of a police state. Professor Adam Krug, the country's foremost philosopher, offers the only hope of resistance to Paduk, dictator and leader of the Party of the Average Man.

    Regular price: £17.39

    • Selected Poems

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    These masterly poems span the whole of Nabokov's career from "Music", written in 1914, to the short, playful "To Vera", composed in 1974. The works are newly translated by Dmitiri Nabokov, and include "The University Poem", an extraordinary autobiographical poem in which Nabokov recalls his life in Cambridge, with its crooked alleys and age-old gates, teas at the vicar's and British girls. Included to are such poems as "To Russia" ("Will you leave me alone! I implore you!), the enchanting "Eve", and verse about America, sport, love, and poetry itself.

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Lolita

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Karsten Pharao
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Lolita, der både er en af de mest berømte og mest kontroversielle romaner i det 20. årh., fortæller om den midaldrende intellektuelle europæer Humbert Humberts fatale erotiske besættelse af den 12 årige forførende amerikanske nymfe Dolores. Det er historien om en tragisk og grufuld kærlighed fortalt med et både hjerteskærende og ætsende vid. Et studie i erotisk besættelse.

    Regular price: £23.09

    • Verzweiflung

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Gert Westphal
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Auf einer Geschäftsreise nach Prag glaubt der windige Schokoladenfabrikant Hermann Karlowitsch im Landstreicher Felix seinen Doppelgänger zu erkennen, und ein genialer Plan reift in ihm heran: Er wird den jungen Mann töten und so den eigenen Tod vortäuschen, um das Geld aus der Lebensversicherung einzustreichen. In seiner grenzenlosen Selbstüberschätzung prahlt der Erzähler, Möchtegern-Autor und Meisterverbrecher jedoch mit seiner Genialität und gerät dadurch bald in arge Bedrängnis.

    Regular price: £6.09

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