Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper-class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960. Its 1961 second edition contained this dedication from the publisher: "For having published this book, Penguin Books were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act, 1959 at the Old Bailey in London from 20 October to 2 November 1960. This edition is therefore dedicated to the 12 jurors, three women and nine men, who returned a verdict of 'Not Guilty' and thus made D. H. Lawrence's last novel available for the first time to the public in the United Kingdom."
Now firmly established as a classic of English literature that was written well before its time, what saved it from being banned forever was its literary merit, upheld by some of the most distinguished writers and critics of the time. Lawrence’s prescient musings on the changes in society and his authentic depiction of two unhappily married people, finding in this most unlikely and potentially doomed coupling the physical and emotional balance that they both crave, are as relevant today as they were then. Have a listen!
Public Domain (P)2005 Wordsworth Editions Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jules on 20-02-16

I loved it!

I loved the gutsy story and i loved the narrator. I watched the TV version before I listened to this and felt disappointed. I am so pleased I heard this.
I am dyslexic and find reading hard going but this was so easy to listen to and follow.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 04-11-15

Of its time, yet timeless

What did you like most about Lady Chatterley's Lover?

Connie, her predicament, her actions, her drive and her foresight. Who she is at the start of the novel, and how she has changed by the end, shows a strong character. I can understand why it would have been shocking to presiding factions at the time, but it was overblown and I'd like to think time has allowed the characters to be seen above the noise of one or two "lewd passages"(!)

What other book might you compare Lady Chatterley's Lover to, and why?

Any novel which seeks to explore the ending of an epoch, and the psychological disarray it brings about in people as society's cards are reshuffled. Anything under the literary realism genre: Madame Bovary, etc. You could also make a case for Beauty and the Beast (sort of...)!

What aspect of Veronika Hyks’s performance might you have changed?

It is not a smooth recording or performance by any means - sometimes the narration sounds robotic, and I worried that I'd be better putting a word recognition voice app over the text, but I found that speeding up the narration improved it, and thankfully the accents for each character are maintained throughout.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"This film is faithful to the spirit of the book, unlike the recent TV adaptation which was a travesty and insult to Lawrence's writing(!)"

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie on 30-07-12

Soooooo much better than 50 shades

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I read this book in high school and after a very disappointing experience with 50 Shades (even the sex scenes couldn't make up for the weak writing), I turned to lady Chatterley. Veronika Hyks is an intoxicating storyteller. This seductive story can't be beat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. on 21-06-12

satisfying on both counts

If you want something racy AND literary, this audiobook is satisfying on both counts, due in large part to the excellent narration by Veronika Hyks.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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