Lady Chatterley's Lover

Written by:
D.H. Lawrence
Narrated by:
John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2011
12 hours 0 minutes
The last and most famous of D. H. Lawrence's novels, Lady Chatterley's Lover was published in 1928 and banned in England and the United States as pornographic. While sexually tame by today's standards, the book is memorable for better reasons-Lawrence's masterful and lyrical prose, and a vibrant story that takes us bodily into the world of its characters.

As the novel opens, Constance Chatterley finds herself trapped in an unfulfilling marriage to a rich aristocrat whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent. After a brief but unsatisfying affair with a playwright, Lady Chatterley enjoys an extremely passionate relationship with the gamekeeper on the family estate, Oliver Mellors. As Lady Chatterley falls in love and conceives a child with Mellors, she moves from the heartless, bloodless world of the intelligentsia and aristocracy into a vital and profound connection rooted in sexual fulfillment.

Through this novel, Lawrence attempted to revive in the human consciousness an awareness of savage sensuality, a sensuality with the power to free men and women from the enslaving sterility of modern technology and intellectualism. Perhaps even more relevant today than when it first appeared, Lady Chatterley's Lover is a triumph of passion and an erotic celebration of life.
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Diane McArthur

I've been hankering for really good literature lately, and this really met the challenge. I can't believe it's taken me until my early 50's to read D.H. Lawrence, and in particular, Lady Chatterley's Lover. I never bothered to read it because I assumed it was just an erotic novel with little substance and put it right up there with Fifty Shades of Gray, (which I haven't read). How wrong was I. I'm hooked. The narrator was fantastic. There were five versions of this book available to listen to, and only this one was narrated by a man. John Lee does a fantastic job, and at times almost sounds like Sean Connery. I've borrowed the following from Wikipedia, as it really says it all. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, also challenged this widely held view, describing him as, "The greatest imaginative novelist of his generation.

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James D.

This one is corked; send it back to the sommelier.

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Couldn’t get into the story

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Becca N.

What an awful book. I put it on while painting one day and was too preoccupied to bother turning it off. None of the characters are likeable. There is racist, sexist, ableist, and classist content. And the "romance" is lack of consent. Horrible, don't bother wasting your time with it. I wish I hadn't.

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Milford G.

Held my interest. A good look at life in England 100 years ago

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melange azul

Good story. It delivers more than one would expect. Good narration. Book before its time.

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Hilary P.

not enjoying this book at all. it's over wordy to an extreme even in appropriate place... it goes on and on and on to get to any point. like listening to a high schooler trying to hit a required word count.

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Really enjoyed this classic. Haha, I can see why it was banned in the 1920’s. Surprisingly “strong” language along with the sex. A very interesting period piece. The narrator did a great job!

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