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Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook

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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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 12 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 forever 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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    Jules 20/02/2016
    Jules 20/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved it!"

    I loved the gutsy story and i loved the narrator. I watched the TV version before I listened to this and felt disappointed. I am so pleased I heard this.
    I am dyslexic and find reading hard going but this was so easy to listen to and follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 04/11/2015
    Claire 04/11/2015 Member Since 2016

    Eclectic taste in audiobooks, particular thirst to discover Classics I'd otherwise never get around to reading in physical book format!

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    "Of its time, yet timeless"
    What did you like most about Lady Chatterley's Lover?

    Connie, her predicament, her actions, her drive and her foresight. Who she is at the start of the novel, and how she has changed by the end, shows a strong character. I can understand why it would have been shocking to presiding factions at the time, but it was overblown and I'd like to think time has allowed the characters to be seen above the noise of one or two "lewd passages"(!)


    What other book might you compare Lady Chatterley's Lover to, and why?

    Any novel which seeks to explore the ending of an epoch, and the psychological disarray it brings about in people as society's cards are reshuffled. Anything under the literary realism genre: Madame Bovary, etc. You could also make a case for Beauty and the Beast (sort of...)!


    What aspect of Veronika Hyks’s performance might you have changed?

    It is not a smooth recording or performance by any means - sometimes the narration sounds robotic, and I worried that I'd be better putting a word recognition voice app over the text, but I found that speeding up the narration improved it, and thankfully the accents for each character are maintained throughout.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "This film is faithful to the spirit of the book, unlike the recent TV adaptation which was a travesty and insult to Lawrence's writing(!)"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MRS S 07/10/2015
    MRS S 07/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent performance of an excellent book"
    Would you listen to Lady Chatterley's Lover again? Why?

    I love the writing of D H Lawrence and could listen to his books over and over


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  • Melanie
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    30/07/12
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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.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
    United States
    20/08/12
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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
  • T.
    Japan
    21/06/12
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Auckland, New Zealand
    08/10/12
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Betty
    Western, WA
    18/11/13
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    "Don't play aloud in mixed company"
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Markham, ON, Canada
    18/03/13
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    14/06/12
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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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Nedlands, Australia
    01/10/12
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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
  • Stephen
    San Francisco, CA, United States
    18/11/12
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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
  • Arabella wick
    15/02/16
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    "A Classic"

    An honest, grtty story . Captivating, shocking, and an earthy tale of how one lady followed unconventional means to triumph in peace with her womanhood, with her determination, and with her lover. She unified all these wishes within her chosen and unusual self direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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