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!
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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.
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 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.
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.
I am always moved when Lady Chatterly cries over the baby pheasants lamenting her unfulfilled life and her empty womb.
If you should choose to listen to this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I.
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...
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.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
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.
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.
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.
The characters and plot are indicative of life at the time.
The narrator's voice is perfect for the story and she reads it with all the inflection it deserves.
I didn't want to stop listening, even though i know the book well, i stoll wanted to immerse myself in this lovely rendition.
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.
Fictional characters in narrative
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.
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.
former nuclear scientist
This story follows Lady Chatterly, the bored, confused, and possibly clinically depressed wife of a crippled baronet in post-WWI England. The prose is a curious mix of Harlequin romance euphemisms ("she came to her own crisis") and frank description (copious use of the f- and c- words). This book was shocking for its time, probably for the explicit love scenes and language as well as discourse about the class system of England at the time, mostly disparaging towards those who would preserve the peerage as it was. However, I found myself glazed over during large chunks of it, partly because the heroine is so fluffy and uninteresting. The way she is voiced, too, makes her character seem to be perfectly lacking in any modern empowerment in a way that makes her somewhat repulsive. When she does take a lover, she is like an insecure teenager, constantly demanding that "you do love me, don't you?" and eventually bringing about his downfall by insisting he burn a photo of his wife and leaving (unknown to him) her personal belongings around his house as a way to claim him. Sure, we've all been there, but we've mostly grown out of it by the age of 29 (Connie's age).
The narrator does a pretty good job of bringing out "dialect," the way the lower class spoke at the time, even though at times I was hard pressed to understand what she was saying. That's something you couldn't get from reading it. She also makes Connie sound like a trembling insecure airhead and Lord Chatterly sound like a condescending fool, which is probably not far off the mark.
I'm glad I listened to this book, since it is a classic, but I must admit I didn't find the story very compelling and found little to sympathize with the characters. I was more interested in whether Clifford would find an updated use for his coal than if Connie was pregnant.
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