• Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • By: D H Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 17-11-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (21 ratings)

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Cara on 30-12-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By mj on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Programmer on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas W. Orme on 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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