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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Written by: D H Lawrence
Narrated by: Samantha Bond
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
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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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  • 2016-05-02

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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  • Thomas W. Orme
  • 2018-01-29

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-23

先知先觉的作家,情欲暗涌的朗读

劳伦斯在20世纪30年代讨论的社会问题,和当今中国的社会现状有如此多相似的地方,工业文明的洪流冲走了自然与本性,麻木了对于温情的感官。莎士比亚说爱情是盲目的。心灵的情感会主宰人的理智,让人陷入痴狂。然而现代人类的大脑是如此的精于物质的计算,过于锋利的“理智”切断了心与脑的导管。当心脏不再对大脑产生影响,让双眼失明的爱情也就随之消逝了。或许人们得尝试着脱去工业文明的外衣去发现被掩盖的自然本性的裸体之美。D H Laurence definitely comes from the future ,and the narration by Samantha is both voluptuous and emotional.

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  • Poppy
  • 2019-06-04

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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  • Tonia
  • 2018-08-06

Not for everyone

I read this book on recommendation and found it moved to slow for me. If historical romance is your genre, you might enjoy.

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  • S. Woolley
  • 2017-07-12

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
  • 2017-06-27

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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  • Roxanne C. Freedman
  • 2017-05-01

Lady Chatterley's Lover

The text definitely has its limitations, even misogynistic in many places. But excellently presented by Samantha Bond. And the writing skills of D H Lawrence make up for any shortcomings in the concepts presented. Overall, enjoyed it very much.

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  • Cpt. Howard D. Horton
  • 2019-02-18

Great narration.

Other than the sex mentioned in this tome, it is a marvelous look into the social and economic times after WW I. Samantha Bond did an outstanding job in presenting this work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-30

Leave it to Lawrence to make sex tedious

First, a warning: if you want to read it for the "dirty" parts, you will probably be disappointed. I found many of the sex scenes to be unnecessarily crude and not at all erotic and maybe that was Lawrence's point: that ordinary people aren't particularly sexy when it comes to sex. None of the lovers seemed to be particularly creative.

But the most troubling thing I found about the novel was that it seemed extremely ableist. I understand the novel reflects outdated attitudes toward people with disabilities and it is a product of its time, but it is still no less disturbing (or at least it shouldn't be) to a modern audience than racial or ethnic stereotypes. The prevailing attitude throughout seems to be that people with disabilities are not entitled to romantic love if they are not able to engage in "traditional" sexual activity.

What I found most interesting, and perhaps most relevant to contemporary readers, were the characters' discussions of economic theory.

As for the performance, I thought Samantha Bond did well, but there were a few places where you can hear her cough or clear her throat (and it clearly wasn't part of the script) and I wondered why that wasn't edited out in post-production.

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