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Lady Chatterley's Lover | [D. H. Lawrence]

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960.
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Publisher's Summary

Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960. Its 1961 second edition contained this dedication from the publisher: "For having published this book, Penguin Books were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act, 1959 at the Old Bailey in London from 20 October to 2 November 1960. This edition is therefore dedicated to the twelve jurors, three women and nine men, who returned a verdict of 'Not Guilty' and thus made D. H. Lawrence's last novel available for the first time to the public in the United Kingdom."

Now firmly established as a classic of English literature that was written well before its time, what saved it from being banned for ever was its literary merit, upheld by some of the most distinguished writers and critics of the time. Lawrence’s prescient musings on the changes in society and his authentic depiction of two unhappily married people, finding in this most unlikely and potentially doomed coupling the physical and emotional balance that they both crave, are as relevant today as they were then. Have a listen!

Public Domain (P)2005 Wordsworth Editions Limited

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    Melanie Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-30-12
    Melanie Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-30-12
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    "Soooooo much better than 50 shades"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read this book in high school and after a very disappointing experience with 50 Shades (even the sex scenes couldn't make up for the weak writing), I turned to lady Chatterley. Veronika Hyks is an intoxicating storyteller. This seductive story can't be beat.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 08-20-12
    Annette 08-20-12

    I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...

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    "50 Shads of Literacy"

    I would have soooo appreciated this back when I first was an English Lit student reading DHL... dialect sucks to read. I don't care what level writer you are. How much more emotion and story did this put out not having that stupid spelling and brain confusion translating every fifth word. Go audiobooks! And you don't need me to review DHLawrence. He's a master of relationships and words... enjoy a classic for a change, even if it is one of the more eyebrow raising ones.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-14-12
    Jacqueline Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Revisiting a well loved classic"
    What did you love best about Lady Chatterley's Lover?

    I revisit this story once a decade. Giving away my age, this is my forth visit. What I love is the passion between Connie and Mellors which transcends the rigid class system in England at that time, and how this unexpected and forbidden love frees them both from the dreary, lonely lives that circumstance has trapped them in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I enjoy the most about this story is how Mellors earthy attitude towards sex shocks Connie yet leads her to discover, accept and ultimately revel in her own sexuality.








    What about Veronika Hyks’s performance did you like?

    Having read this book many times I was nervous that listening to it might not meet my expectations and ruin the story for me. I need not have worried.Veronica Hyks made this story come alive. Lady Chatterly was portrayed perfectly as a young woman in love and Ms Hyks did a wonderful job with Mellors use of vernacular. Even lesser characters took on a life of there own.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am always moved when Lady Chatterly cries over the baby pheasants lamenting her unfulfilled life and her empty womb.


    Any additional comments?

    If you should choose to listen to this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    T. Japan 06-21-12
    T. Japan 06-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "satisfying on both counts"

    If you want something racy AND literary, this audiobook is satisfying on both counts, due in large part to the excellent narration by Veronika Hyks.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Auckland, New Zealand 10-08-12
    Steven Auckland, New Zealand 10-08-12
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    "When two worlds collide"

    With all the fuss about 50 shades I thought it would be good to go back to the most contentious novel of its time - and one I had never read. Lawrence uses the sex to illustrate two worlds clashing: the sophisticated, well-informed and utterly sterile world of the landed gentry in post WWI England and the earthy, honest, horny world of the staff working for them. It is a predictable plot, but the characterisation is what sets it apart. DHL creates vivid characters with real concerns, vital passions and sometimes hopeless lives. He writes with intimacy and this has led to the huge reaction from critics and sensors. You'd get rougher language on the back of a Sunday newspaper but you'd have none of the social commentary and the carefully dissected social structure. Go on and read it - if you can wrestle it away from your granny. The narration is absolutely fantastic - it is sometimes difficult to imagine the speaker is a woman, her modulation is so dynamic. Extra Brownie points to Veronika Hyks - much of the enjoyment of the novel is due to her acting ability.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 03-18-13
    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent version of the book"

    Great book and fantastic narration. The narrator easily switched between male and female voices and the upperclass and midlands accent. It was never jarring and completely natural.
    I totally enjoyed this reading of a classic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne 10-01-12
    Joanne 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth listening to over and over again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, there is something for everyone in it. There is wonderful love, tender and caring, there is passion, there is grief and sadness, and the whole story has withstood the passage of time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and plot are indicative of life at the time.


    What about Veronika Hyks’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's voice is perfect for the story and she reads it with all the inflection it deserves.


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

    I didn't want to stop listening, even though i know the book well, i stoll wanted to immerse myself in this lovely rendition.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 11-18-13
    Betty 11-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Don't play aloud in mixed company"
    Any additional comments?

    I don't think of myself as a prude. However, the racy parts are, well...still racy today. This is a fine classic. One of the best. Superb narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 11-18-12
    Stephen 11-18-12

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    "What's not to love about it ?"

    Yes DHL has a way with emotional expression to be sure, and here in this novel is another example of how much he cares for deeper feeling and human love.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "She found a bright spot in the her dismal world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might, if that friend weren't too shy about sexual content and wanted to read a classic book. But when I think of books to recommend in general, this doesn't come to mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked her spirit. It was such a dismal world and existence, with her house and husband, etc... yet she didn't let that ruin her life. She was too free thinking and bohemian for the confines of her neglectful marriage and cold relationships. So she explored and eventually found happiness - and did what she had to in order to keep it, despite the cost (which was significant, especially in those times). The first half of the book was a little slow for my tastes, but I liked the second half more, as the plot picked up, as did her romance. I had little to no sympathy for her husband, or the physically 'dead' intellectuals of her society. I was unhappy about Mellors' wife, but am glad she found support from her family. Despite the constantly dismal surroundings and unresolved issues, it still left me with the hope that they would find a way to be together in the future. I can see why it was so controversial for so long, though it is downright tame by today's standards of printable material.


    Have you listened to any of Veronika Hyks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard other works performed by Hyks, but I thought her narration here was fantastic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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