The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

  • by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur’s samplings of the table of human folly. Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers an intoxicating draft of the master’s genius, his devious wit, and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy.
This edition includes the newly discovered story “Natasha.”

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What the Critics Say

“Sumptuous . . . glorious.” (The New York Times)
"Some of the most nape-tingling prose and devilish inventions in twentieth-century letters. . . . An authentic literary event.” (Time)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

No discernable beginning or end to the stories.

I love Nabokov, especially his short stories, but this production stinks. You can't tell when one story ends and another begins, and I kept on finding myself zoning out while I was listening. For me, a very bad sign with an audiobook. I would happily try this again with another narrator and another production company.
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- Madelaine

I highly enjoyed this

I usually read nonfiction, but I also like some fiction. I read Lolita and loved it.

At first I did not like this for some of the reasons other reviewers stated: the narrator does not pause very much between stories; he just ends one story, announces the next title, and starts reading again. (But see my comments on the narrator below.)

But I stayed with it; and I'm very glad I did. There really is not so much time or reason to pause very long between stories. And soon it is not too difficult to notice when a story ends. Try to keep an open mind when reading this. Some of the stories are very short and often end abruptly. But once you get into it, you start to open your mind to the idea that many of the stories are just brilliant snippets of events, emotions, feeling, and deep and perceptive observations. They range from events which could have possibly happened to outright fantasy involving dragons and she-devils. But the characters are never conventional, and nothing in his stories is ever predictable.

This is some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read or heard. Nabakov has a deep and keen understanding of the human condition, and his mastery of the English language feels like great art. His observations of people, environment, place, and human fears, wishes, doubts, dreams, and fantasies are profound.

But I would not have enjoyed this as much, if at all, had not the narrator been up to the task of reading Nabakov. I discovered this narrator, Author Morey, from Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct (which I also highly recommend). Author Morey is one of the best narrators on Audible.

I highly recommend this download.
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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio