Lolita on Tape

James Mason, with his urbane continental accent, is a tough act to follow, but Jeremy Irons proves himself to be à la hauteur de la tâche. As suave Dr. John Ray, Jr., Irons gives us American Midwestern speech complete with its single flat "l" and dull unvoiced "t": Low-Lee-Duh. In the mouth of narrator Humbert Humbert, the initial "l" becomes liquid and the tip of the tongue does indeed tap on three to give us the heroine's name as her creator intended it to be heard: Lo-Lee-Ta. This detail is just one of many that make this unabridged recording of Nabokov's most famous book as read by actor Jeremy Irons a twelve-hour treat for the ears and mind.

The eight cassettes (ISBN 0-679-45786-0) are available from Random House Audio for $39.95 ($49.95 in Canada). More information can be found at the AudioBooks portion of the Random House web site.


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