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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452671055
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The last and most famous of D. H. Lawrence’s novels, Lady Chatterley’s Lover was published in 1928 and banned in England and the United States as pornographic. While sexually tame by today’s standards, the book is memorable for better reasons—Lawrence’s masterful and lyrical prose and a vibrant story that takes us bodily into the world of its characters.

As the novel opens, Constance Chatterley finds herself trapped in an unfulfilling marriage to a rich aristocrat whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent. After a brief but unsatisfying affair with a playwright, Lady Chatterley enjoys an extremely passionate relationship with the gamekeeper on the family estate, Oliver Mellors. As Lady Chatterley falls in love and conceives a child with Mellors, she moves from the heartless, bloodless world of the intelligentsia and aristocracy into a vital and profound connection rooted in sexual fulfillment.

Through this novel, Lawrence attempted to revive in the human consciousness an awareness of savage sensuality, a sensuality with the power to free men and women from the enslaving sterility of modern technology and intellectualism. Perhaps even more relevant today than when it first appeared, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a triumph of passion and an erotic celebration of life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/19/2014

    " THis is a classic, and I really enjoyed it. IT highlights the class differences in England in the early 1900's, or mid. I love how the female protagonist goes outside of her circle and follows her heart. It also deals a lot with the issues surrounding taking a stand and leaving your circle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haley | 2/10/2014

    " I'm still reading Lady Chatterly's Lover. I was interested in it because it was so controversial. Now that I'm reading it, I can see just why it was so controversial, and I'm not sure if I truly want to continue with it. At least now I know what all the fuss was about. Well written and a keen insight into various views and opinions of love versus sex versus territory. It really is rather thought-provoking . . . actually, the more I write about it, the more I think I really will continue to read it. 'Tis all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/10/2014

    " What do women want from a man ? Read this book to find out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/6/2014

    " It is no longer a taboo to talk about sex I think. And the pursuit of a wonderful sex life is totally justified. Though it leaves behind the issue of marriage being a bondage by God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 2/3/2014

    " It reminded me a great deal of Thoreau. She went into the woods because she wished to live deliberately, to feel and touch, and to breath in the vitality of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Tran | 2/2/2014

    " What I find to be the most interesting thing about this book is how sex precedes love. It's not something of the "norm," yet in this mechanical setting of today, depicted by Lawrence, it all works out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine Quintana | 1/27/2014

    " Read this with a book group on BarnesandNoble.com about 9 years ago. It was really good. It's interesting to see what was considered risque back then compared to today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Dreyer | 1/27/2014

    " After reading this novel, I wonder if its gained a place on so many bookshelves merely because of the shock it created when it was first published. The writing is lyrical, if a bit archaic. And perhaps because of Lawrence's rather formal writing style his sexually charged descriptions seem especially appalling. This book may be one of the first true romance novels - and maybe it would be better left on the shelf next to Danielle Steel than grouped among the classics. Despite all the steamy sex and copious use of the 'f word', this was a slow and rather dull read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Gee | 1/24/2014

    " I only read the dirty parts of this. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dmitri | 1/18/2014

    " Crazy to think how much controversy it caused and how tame it is by modern standards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jules | 1/12/2014

    " Sexy and surprisingly romantic, this is an adult book both in terms of the racy material and the ideas. Although it dragged in a few parts, and I glazed over during some of the discussions of class, I appreciated that Constance and Oliver were not passive players in their lives, but actively determined their outcome by pursuing happiness, even outside the bounds of "propriety." Worth the read, not just for the pretty cover on my edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Hofer | 1/11/2014

    " As a teenager, this book was sooo romantic and racy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Summers | 1/9/2014

    " Banned Book Week Book 1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phill Gee | 1/9/2014

    " It helped to finally end Queen Victoria's reign in Britain in the 60's "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 1/8/2014

    " So boring, especially for a book banned until the 1960s in some places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina P. | 1/7/2014

    " Ok. it's a classic book. I just despise the idea of cheating. although one of the character said that both Lady Chatterley and her husband are right on their own way, it just doesn't feel right for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice Ciaccio | 1/3/2014

    " I know this is a classic - but I simply could not get into it. I found it very dry and tedious to read. I spent more time trying to figure out what they were talking about then enjoying what I was reading. Too many metaphors for all the sexual activity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 12/29/2013

    " One of the sweetest, sincerest, most moving love stories I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alivantassel | 12/25/2013

    " Highly tantalizing. . .of course nothing like Ann Rice's "Sleeping Beauty". More settle with a romantic scandal. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sartor | 12/25/2013

    " Porn to upset the critics. Lawrence can't write prose. Bavarian Gentians is good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/16/2013

    " Put simply: a vintage tale of two adulterous F buddies, but with all the corresponding gender stereotypes ("I am a man! I don't talk about feelings!" and "I am an emotional woman! I want a baby!") of that era. Still amazing to think this book was published when it was, though, so for an extra challenge, try reading it in the mindset of that period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Nissley | 12/9/2013

    " This book was surprisingly filthy. I didn't expect quite so many fairly graphic sex scenes. But in addition to lady chatterly getting down, there are also some interesting ruminations of the collapse of the coal industry and some beautifully written descriptive passages. ure and "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prajesh Patel | 11/28/2013

    " According to me it's really good and at least you can improve your knowledge as well.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslye | 11/16/2013

    " One of my favorite classics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saikat Baksi | 10/29/2013

    " i like lawrence...whatever he has ever written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey Hales-Lewis | 10/23/2013

    " Not sure if I'll finish... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/24/2013

    " What an interesting book -- about finding pure connection. Maybe not as good as some of his other novels in the literary sense, but he's passionate about his subject here (no pun intended). The sex scenes got a little florid, but ulimately this was a moving and uplifting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin Spivey | 9/19/2013

    " Fantastic book. A must-read for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Maloney | 9/13/2013

    " I adore this book and I've read it twice! I actually came across the British tv mini-series of this book, and it was amazing! I've watched it several times as well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis | 8/24/2013

    " Great perspective on love and love making from a woman's point of view and a viral strong man. Who knew how to please. Lot of young men learn a lot from him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica McReaderpants | 7/23/2013

    " I can get better smut elswhere. I need to go back and read it for content. :) Written in an older more prosaic style, it is a slowmoving narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 7/17/2013

    " I liked this one. It was an interesting look at books deemed obscene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanielle Landers | 6/25/2013

    " Despite the controversy the book stirs up among feminist critics, I always love reading this older style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna-ruth | 6/8/2013

    " I really loved this. It was so hard to get into something afterwards because it was so good. Beautifully written and contraversial. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica | 6/4/2013

    " A woman, her desires, her freedom to choose and enjoy and love, finally a man who got the guts! to rite about a woman crachter to enjoy sex and desire.....all the other writers would have had lady Chatterly dead for her actions. Revolutionary book for the time it has been published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Miska | 3/22/2013

    " Lovely. I have all the naughty parts marked "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daryl | 2/11/2013

    " It's like someone decided to discuss as many binary opposites as possible and stuck them in a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Alexander | 1/19/2013

    " I liked it and I decided to read more of D.H. Lawrence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Azalia Daniela | 12/4/2012

    " Read in spanish and I disliked it a lot! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trista | 10/2/2012

    " This book, for the time it was written, was outlandish and vulgar. Nowadays though, it's just another book. I suppose this means that even now, the book can make one ponder society and how it evolves. Overall the book is ok, though I was disappointed with the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leni King | 9/16/2012

    " Read many years ago, but a classic bit of titillation, though tame by modern standards :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 8/29/2012

    " This book was a little dense with descriptions of various body parts, nature, and general scene-setting. But, it was one of the easiest reads of a "classic" novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Oxoheartsvoken | 6/30/2012

    " Fantastic. Comparison of rich and poor is raw and realistic. Love and lust explored completely in an old fashioned away. Written in 1929 and banned in Boston. "But you want me to have my satisfaction , don't you?" Connie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Reynolds | 5/31/2012

    " read this waayyy back in my youth...it's on my to re-read list "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ting | 5/17/2012

    " I have now read this book a total of three times and each time at a different period of my life. This last time, I think, I finally understand what D.H. Lawrence was trying to convey. Read it and see what you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Metcalf | 4/24/2012

    " Really brilliant. The first couple of chapters were perhaps a little slow and repetitive, but the flow soon took over and what followed was magnificent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/25/2012

    " None of the people in this book are likeable or especially interesting, and their conversations get repetitive. There are a lot of beautifully-written descriptions, unfortunately they tend to get lost among the main characters talking out the themes of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 2/13/2012

    " Racy, beautifully written work of literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brietta | 10/4/2011

    " I've never read D.H. Lawrence before, but based upon this novel, I'm guessing he didn't care too much for humanity. A bit too much existential angst / nihilism and talk about loins and haunches, but now I can say I've read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trista | 8/13/2011

    " This book, for the time it was written, was outlandish and vulgar. Nowadays though, it's just another book. I suppose this means that even now, the book can make one ponder society and how it evolves. Overall the book is ok, though I was disappointed with the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arwa | 8/6/2011

    " To sum it up, social lives always hide what we really are. The best way to be yourself, according to the writer, is to have an affair with someone who's different from you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 7/31/2011

    " I had a difficult time starting the book and never thought I'd get past the first 100 pages. I enjoyed the storyline and could relate this book to modern times. Great piece of old literature, I can't believe I waited so long to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Coleman | 6/24/2011

    " Very raunchy but a good read. Again there is a focus on money v happiness an money never seems to prevail, which can be said for life too. I am glad the characters find happiness, sexually, romantically and hopefully happy ever after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sapphiresky | 6/22/2011

    " Very difficult read; large words I had to look up, and the book was steamy. Not exactly my favorite book of all time, but worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 6/20/2011

    " Liked it, though I expected something more... scandalous, what with all the fuss around this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 6/18/2011

    " Except for the sex I wasn't too enthralled. Of course, I was a teenaged male. Date read is a guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 6/9/2011

    " Good read, but I liked Madame Bovary better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 6/7/2011

    " I read all of Lawrence at the Community Park Swimming pool when I was 16 years old. I loved all of his books. So sensual, but I was so young I should reread. So many books and so little time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 6/5/2011

    " It was ok, but not that racy!!! It took me a while to get to grips with it. The 'sex' thats in it is brief and hard to find. "

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About the Author

David Herbert Lawrence (1885–1930), novelist, short-story writer, poet, critic, playwright, and essayist, was one of the most important and controversial figures of twentieth-century English literature. His works confront the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization and are notable for their passionate intensity and for a sensuality that centers on the erotic. Though his opinions earned him enemies, persecution, and censorship during his lifetime, he is now recognized as an artistic visionary.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.