• by Stacy Schiff
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2000
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.


What the Critics Say

"A riveting portrait....Anna Fields' intelligent narration is necessary to convey the life of such a woman adequately. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Author & narrator combine talents

If you could sum up Véra in three words, what would they be?

Capacity for life

What was one of the most memorable moments of Véra?

Giving publishers a hard time and winning.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to single one out.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh, yes!

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this biography to anybody who loves a great story, a lively writer and an experienced narrator.

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- Krystyna Hanser

Fascinating Life Story

I'm often fascinated by the woman behind the creative genius, and this book was no exception.

Wife and literary partner/agent of Vladimir Nabokov, Vera's life story and the portrait of their marriage was fascinating, even if a little tough to believe at times.
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- Jonelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.