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Summary

In an Audible Exclusive performance, Holliday Grainger lends her voice to a new unabridged recording of Lady Chatterley's Lover, a novel that was banned until 1960 and is now considered to be one of the most renowned love stories of all time. This production features an exclusive introduction written and narrated by Fern Riddell, a cultural historian who specialises in sex in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

About the book

Dissatisfied by her loveless marriage to a crippled and impotent writer, Constance Chatterley seeks to escape from the confines of their upper class surroundings and the cold and passive relations she endures.

Upon encountering the gamekeeper of Chatterley mansion, Oliver Mellors, Constance is mesmerised and infatuated by his no-nonsense demeanour and passionate touch. The two soon forge a profound bond as a result of their sexual compatibility and sociopolitical views.

Banned until 1960, Lady Chatterley's Lover caused great controversy at the time it was written and was rejected for portraying what was then considered audacious, pornographic content. Of course critical opinion has evolved, and we have now come to see D. H. Lawrence's story as a revolutionary tale and literary masterpiece.

The exclusive introduction to this edition, written and narrated by cultural historian and writer of Ripper Street Fern Riddell, explores historical and contemporary reactions to this groundbreaking novel.

About the author

Lawrence fought hard against the conventions of the early 1900s society, which censored and persecuted those who promoted sexual freedom and challenged tradition. He wanted his writing, unlike his society, to be full of vitality, emotion and spontaneity. In so doing, he also contributed to the liberation of women all over the world who longed to be more than just dutiful wives.

In an obituary notice, E. M. Forster described D. H. Lawrence as 'the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation.'

About the narrator

Holliday Granger first graced our screens at the age of six in the BBC comedy drama All Quiet on the Preston Front. She has since gone on to star in TV programmes such as Waterloo Road, Merlin, The Borgias and Strike.

Holliday's film credits include The Riot Club, Bel Ami and Cinderella. Holliday played the lead role in the 2015 BBC adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. Recognised for her outstanding performance as Constance, and bringing with her the experience of having skilfully narrated Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle, Holliday excels in capturing the mood and pace of this titillating classic title.

Public Domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Really good (read) listen

Loved it. Great book and extremely well narrated by Holliday Grainger. Cannot recommend it highly enough

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Captures a time

I found it to be very slow for the first quarter of the book, perhaps typical of the classics however. The most interesting area of this book was the insight into societal class and industrialisation; woes that come with developments in technology and the impact it has upon a community. For that, it is timeless.

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Boring beyond words

The sex scenes are boring and half of them are literally taking place as the woman feels nothing, spaces out or is just generally unsatisfied. The book takes a weird slant on ‘how dare women not cum as fast as men’ to the point where the main female character is shamed out of her own release because the men she sleeps with are borish and finish too quick.

The main male character she sleeps with is horrendous. He moans about women not wanting sex and then when he gets a woman who does, she doesn’t climax at exactly the same moment as him so she’s obviously the devil. He also degraded women who aren’t spineless little push overs like Connie.

The book tried hard to present the idea of ‘Connie has the power to walk away, to have the affair, she’s a strong willed woman’ but really she immediately gives into the criticisms of men about daring to get to her own climax, she takes all the vile about women from her lover and genuinely is so unlikable in her ‘I’m a rich girl criticising the poor because they’re not pretty’ holier than thou attitude.

This novel was a mess of clashing ideas. Was it about the evils of industry? How the rich are dicks? How two people who think their marvellous bumping uglies gives you long, uninteresting conversations about how great they are? Who knows.

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Ordinary story with a great narrator

The story is rather basic and it often drags. The characters are not likable, particularly the lover himself, the gamekeeper, who I found pretty unagreeable. However it has some very good dialogue. The narration was beautiful, and to me it really improved the experience.