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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,819 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Paul Slack Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Sons and Lovers, Lawrence's third published novel, was written by the author at the height of his literary powers. The story of class differences (the relationship between a woman of middle-class family and a miner) in the tough world of coal mining, it brought a refreshing realism to literature. It remains a challenging text (and is studied widely). It is particularly effective as an audiobook in the hands of reader Paul Slack, who comes from Nottinghamshire.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 2/18/2014

    " This book was recommended to me by my friend. When I first started to read it (listen to Librivox recording) I found it boring and I stopped. But I started again and I really enjoyed it. For me this is one of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 1/30/2014

    " I Enjoyed the intimacy of the book and all and all a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bharati | 1/29/2014

    " Paul Morel and his struggle. Anyone who has ever lived "the living body" (D.H. Lawrence, Why the novel matters) will understand his existential dilemma. Sentences like "The cloud is on fire today" prove why Lawrence is called an impressionist painter. This was the first book by Lawrence that I read. I have been his fan eversince. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 1/23/2014

    " Another Lawrence tour-de-force. Exquisite portrayal of coming of age and intergenerational struggles for liberation and self-realization. Masterful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 W.B. | 1/12/2014

    " This would be in my top ten of all time novels...many slots I'd have to think about...but this one would be there with absolute certainty...he was a force of nature...I think this is the kind of naturalistic novel Zola was itching to write...and I don't think he ever did... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spectator4 | 1/9/2014

    " Grow a pair already and get off the teet...this should be subtitled "Ode to a Cancer" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anjar | 11/16/2013

    " I've also read The Rainbow, Women in Love, and The Lost Girl by the same author. It's believed that the young Paul in Sons and Lovers is D.H. Lawrence. I like that his characters are so psychologically described, 'rounded' and complicated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fran G | 10/17/2013

    " 400 pages that couldve been shortened into 200. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/12/2013

    " Last book of the year...of MY COLLEGE CAREER. Oh boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 6/3/2013

    " An absolute favourite book which affected me for some time after reading. Flawless writing and wonderful study of family dynamics. Amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Frank | 3/13/2013

    " Very well written, but, like many others of the time, the descriptions sometimes dragged on a little too long. I liked the in-depth character study and found the struggles very realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/29/2012

    " A D H Lawrence fan and this though not his best is still good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Gould | 9/16/2012

    " Fantastic writing - but requires lots of analysis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malini Sridharan | 6/9/2012

    " The first section of the book, about the Morel's early family life, was fantastic. Paul Morel I could do without. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salma | 6/9/2012

    " I remember this was my favorite book in junior year of high school. And that I developed a huge crush on Paul Morrell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry Campbell | 6/3/2012

    " Lawrence really takes the reader into the minds of his charcaters, especially Paul. The book did seem to drag at times (too much angst between the potential lovers). After completing the book you understand why Lawrence is so highly regarded, controversial, and significant for his time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/19/2012

    " One of DH's best novels; Paul Morel, the central character, is likely autobiographical in many respects. The first three or four chapters are one of literature's most wrenching, painful evocations of a failed marriage. Wonderful prose makes it worth the effort. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meagan | 1/31/2012

    " I couldn't make myself finish it. If D.H. Lawrence had used the word "quivering" once more I would have burned the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 11/17/2011

    " Again, this one is part of my leather classics. Don't remember it - but know I read it. Need to reread it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 11/5/2011

    " My all time favorite book, reading it again.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 9/30/2011

    " Clearly one of the best books ever written & a great influence on my life.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 9/30/2011

    " Not too bad, not as much of a slog as "The Rainbow". A bit depressing, but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 9/30/2011

    " This one was my favorite of Lawrence's books. All the criticisms of others are well taken, and he could of used a good editor (couldn't we all) but give it a shot and see what you think. There is a lot in here worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 9/26/2011

    " Not as scandalous as they claimed it to be. Pretty tame actually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/17/2011

    " Started out at a steady clip and got more interesting towards the end. This is a semi- autobiography. The main character is so obsessed with his mother who disapproves of her sons' love interests. He treats the girl in the story pretty horribly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/9/2011

    " Really sad and interesting. Shows how maternal love can be too strong and perhaps destructive. These boys are doomed because their mother has such a tight grip on them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marisa | 9/6/2011

    " I think this is the first "classic" I've read that I just did not enjoy. I kept reading thinking that something would happen to redeem the plot, but mostly it was just torture to read, and yet I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 8/24/2011

    " Pretty solid characters in here, liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erik | 8/19/2011

    " I hate books in which the narrator whines.

    INCESSANT UNENDING WHINING. Sweet lord. Man up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 8/18/2011

    " Well, I made it through the first 6 CD's and then I just couldn't do it anymore. Between the mother and the girlfriend it was just too messed up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/9/2011

    " I had to read it for my Defining Family class, but it was definitely worth it. It's about the Oedipus Complex. Kind of disturbing, but not graphic or anything. I recommend it. "

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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

Paul Slack is a British historian. He is a former principal of Linacre College, Oxford; pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford; and professor of early modern social history at the University of Oxford.