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.
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Pale Fire is delightful as an audiobook!
Pale Fire is my favorite Nabokov novel. I was dubious about how an audiobook edition might work: Kinbote left channel, Shade on the right? The delightful voice actors and performance won me over. Kinbote's reading of his commentary was always enjoyable and often hilarious - it worked very well indeed.
I'm not sure if folk who know nothing about the book would have as much fun on their first listening, but if you've read Pale Fire or have a good idea of the story, you'll enjoy the audio book.
Next: Pale Fire the musical?
A truly great novel well adapted to audiobook
I started listening to Nabokov’s audiobooks last year and they become my favorite novels (and autobiography) since then. His voice taken from page to spoken word can be hypnotic, entertaining, tragic, and comedic. Pale Fire is a the star of his novels and this audio version is tremendously well done with the two voices.