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Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
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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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  • John
  • Cheshire UK
  • 13-12-17

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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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.

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Brilliant performance

Always loved this book but the brilliant performance of the dialect and different voices really made it come alive.

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Fabulous!!!!!

Loved it, beautifully read. This book is a little gem, you feel almost like you're there with the characters.

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D.H. Lawrence is a master of words

I throughly enjoyed this book. There’s some brilliant quotes throughout. I thought Holiday Grainger did a superb job for all the characters she portrayed. Absolutely brilliant!

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Great narration of a classic love story

I often abandon an audiobook if the narrator doesn’t draw me in, not this one which I got through in for me a record time. Probably helped that she’d played the part in a recent film adaptation. I’d compare it to the excellent narration of Jeremy Irons doing Brideshead revisited where it was like an expanded version of the acted performance.

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A great story superbly read

Interestingly, I think it must have been the portrayal of a decaying and incompetent ruling class, and the idea that a member of the lower orders might have more moral worth and intellectual power than most of them, that so much offended the censor. The sex, being explicit, simply provided a convenient excuse for the ban. Lawrence could foresee the changes in English society that were coming after the 1st World War and which continued so rapidly through the 20th century. A great book. The reading by Holiday Granger is virtually perfect, with insight into the characters, gentle and believable pacing of the dialog, and sensitivity to the atmosphere of the time and place. Hugely enjoyable.

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An unexpected brilliant book very well narrated.

loved its historical references and the love story that it tells. much better and more relevant to modern times than I thought thoroughly recommend.

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Loved it!

This is the 1st audible story I have finished and I absolutely loved it. Now on to the next....

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  • nijher
  • 28-02-19

Excellent reading

She has done a marevellous job and so lively.great story and great performance by Holliday grainger