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Summary

The story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband's gamekeeper outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in The Rainbow, which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley, written in several versions around 1928 in Italy in the final part of Lawrence's life, was a deliberate choice on the author's part to address sex head on, describe the act and its pleasures in detail and put forward his belief that mankind had lost touch with its pagan and natural roots, its link to the earth and therefore its strength.

Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned from publication in Britain until 1960, when the radical new publishing house Penguin Books brought out a paperback edition and was immediately taken to court for obscenity. The trial that followed became one of the marking posts for the '60s' 'revolution', with arguments for the beauty of Lawrence's descriptions of love and sex finally conquering the prudish sensibilities that Lawrence so despised and leading to a landmark legal ruling in Penguin's favour. For all the campaigning and crusading that has accompanied Lady Chatterley's Lover, it remains in essence a beautiful description of a true and lasting passion.

Public Domain (P)2007 Silksoundbooks Limited

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Probably a five 🌟 book, but my courage failed me.

I've never read a book like this before. I know that he had very many important things to say so I tried to shelve the prude in me so that I could hear what he had to say. Having read a few other Lawrence I knew that he could use ,'naughtiness' to make his point. His use of language is quite beautiful. That's when it's deliberately not! He was a brave man for his time - no wonder the book was banned. Even today this could be seen as very explicit. I don't think that it is needlessly excessive in its use of crudeness. No rude word was accidentally written. He set out to crush such taboos for once and for all!

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Perfect Narration

Samantha Bond's narration of this story allows one into the very being of the three main
characters. One is given access to their feelings and what makes the act as they do. It's a remarkable
achievement by Ms.Bond, and a remarkable experience for the listener.

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it was good to listening this book the performance

the performance was good too. The lady was impersonated each different caracter very very well.

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  • mj
  • 06-12-16

I wish I had read this sooner

I loved listening to this book. I wish I had read it sooner.
It was not the vulgar book that I had been lead to believe it would be. It was lovely and moving.

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Brilliantly Read

Always wanted to read this but found it a slog. Really well read and easy to listen to. Made it really accessible.

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Underrated

Like many, I read this too young, skipping passages to find the racy bits.
But it has an eloquence and a penetration if observation that reaches well outside in time. In this era of woke, gaslighting and mansplaining, Lawrence is one if the few male writers that men strugglung with these developments might turn.

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Great performance but not a great novel

Not the best of DH Lawrence - hard to take seriously. But the performance helped

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Samantha Bond is a wonderful narrator.She breathes life into this classic tale and I do not think anyone else could have performed better.Loved it!

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An awful story very well read.

A truly awful book. Samantha Bond reads it beautifully, but if it wasn't for the shock value, I do not believe this book would ever have been made famous.

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  • 02-05-16

Amazing reader of classic great novel

I am not sure there could be a better reader than this great actor, and the writing – – it's DH Lawrence so it's brilliant.

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  • Lucky
  • 27-04-20

Samantha Bond!!!

Wish I could give her 10 stars. She was absolutely brilliant. I will be revisiting this audiobook again and again.

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  • Ruth S. King
  • 14-12-19

fantastic reading of a deep book

Samantha Bond does an amazing job giving bringing each character alive with their distinct voices

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  • Poppy
  • 04-06-19

Way beyond obscenity

I wish I had not taken so long to enjoy this book. It’s a masterpiece. For Lawrence to have written this story, he had to have live a life of deep feeling and willingness to risk heartache and being ostracized. Come to think of it, he did live such a life.

He puts into words what so few people ever come to experience of life. He intricately interweaves so many complex themes that are at the bottom of human nature. Although written nearly 100 years ago, except for references to transportation, clothing, other externalities, the book could have been written last week.

At times, Lawrence is a bit too flowery and repetitive, and rather than having positive literary effect, the bloom-y words and repeats become boring, but not at all to a great extent.

Definitely a worthwhile read if you crave literature with deep emotion and meaning.

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  • Pocen Naan
  • 19-05-20

Thoroughly enjoyed it

I think the picked the perfect person to read it. it brought it to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-20

Well said!

The narrator of this classic did an outstanding job. She had a nuanced rendering of subtle differences in the different classes of English accents and Scottish brogues. The priggishness of the upper classes and the musicality of the earthy Common folk, danced in a tapestry of Delicious words and images.

This story is a treasure, and this reading does it perfect Justice.

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  • S. Woolley
  • 12-07-17

Time to read again?

Considering the time within which this book was written, "progressive thinking" and current cultural memes and beliefs, within this beautifully written and wonderfully read love story, one can find insights and comfort that there is little new in the world. Samantha Bond does not merely read the words, she communicates the poetry of the writing, the character's personalities, attitudes, actions and accents brilliantly. The colorful and specific sexual scenes are seen in context of the people and their relationship and not as prurient pornography. If you read this decades ago as did I, try it again in this Audible format.

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  • Rachel
  • 27-06-17

The Only Way I Could Finish This Story

What did you like best about Lady Chatterley's Lover? What did you like least?

The thing I liked the most about the book is how Lady Chatterly and Mellors can have honest conversations about how they enjoy all their sexual contact with each other. These encounters lead to them both being honest with their feelings and thoughts, which I feel lead to love between them. They're both so intelligent in their thoughts and feelings that their sexual desires help them to not think negative thoughts.

The thing I liked least about is how stiff EVERYONE was throughout the book. Some characters changed their uppity attitudes but not all; their attitudes didn't change as much as I would have liked. I guess this was they way things were in the United Kingdom at the time this book takes place. It could also be a statement D.H. Lawrence was trying to make on the upper society.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

If I were to change anything about this story it would have been all the lecturing the characters did. Sir Clifford Chatterly lectured his friends, Lady Chatterly, and Mrs. Bolton to boredom that everytime he started talking I just wanted him to get it over it. Lady Chatterly lectured herself during her sexual encounters which drove me crazy. Her self-lectures are so annoying sometimes that even though we were supposed to feel sorry for her and root for her. It made me like her less.

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

I haven't listen to any audiobooks where Samantha Bond narrated but it will not be my last. Her reading of "Lady Chatterly's Lover is the best version I have heard from all the samples Audible has.

Did Lady Chatterley's Lover inspire you to do anything?

"Lady Chatterly's Lover" made me want to make sure I never gave way to self-imposed solitude. Both Lady Chatterly and Mellors imposed solitude on themselves both mentally and physically from everyone, but when they meet they start realizing that their lives are so dull compared to when the other is around. I want to be open to being around other people because they bring me a happiness that I cannot get in being by myself.

Any additional comments?

I started reading the print version of this book but couldn't finish it. [Blame Sir Clifford and his friends lecturing so much.] This audiobook version was the perfect way to read this book; I wish I would have download it instead of reading the print version.

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  • Thomas W. Orme
  • 29-01-18

Samantha makes Lady Chatterley come alive

If you could sum up Lady Chatterley's Lover in three words, what would they be?

Classic Erotica doubled in intensity by Samatha Bonds seductive voice. Listen with someone you love.

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  • Brian J Armstrong
  • 03-09-21

Samantha Bond’s narration is captivating

This is not the best novel, but the narration is out of this world. I could listen to Samantha Bond read the phone book.