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Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Robert Powell Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780001579
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Lawrence’s style is bold, intimate, inventive—and he always has the capacity to shock. His great strength comes from the realism of the characters he portrays and the play on tension—first seen in the exchanges between Gertrude and Morel and continuing with Paul, his mother, and his two women—which never lets up. Then marvel at the depth and quality of the writing as the story moves relentlessly towards its conclusion.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 2/16/2014

    " obviously a classic. a long read, but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sidiklikontes | 2/16/2014

    " A Freudian reading makes it perfect, otherwise it is boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliane | 2/14/2014

    " Here they are, the great themes of literature: love and friendship, death and loss all nicely wrapped up in a coming of age story. The main character Paul Morel will be only too familiar to most readers, his struggle to take on responsibility, to develop while trying to stay moral towards those he loves and needs. Thinking himself firm and strong at a young age he almost breaks under the strain of his own flaws and a world that doesn't offer perfect solutions especially not when others are involved. This novel couldn't be more topical and I loved reading it! There is, however, the odd imperfection e.g. some over-narrating where I would have liked the characters to just act on their own, a few repetitions and very seldom an implausability concerning the protagonist's actions. Don't let this put you off reading the book, though, since all of those little blemishes are more than counterbalanced by the overall very high quality of Lawrence's writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 2/14/2014

    " It isn't nearly as racy as the title suggested. This was recommended by my library as a "classic must read" It's about a man who it torn between the love he has for his mother and 2 women. The sex is nearly nonexistent, like they go for a walk and then he is helping her fix her hair and you are wondering why her hair got messy and then you realize, "Oh, it was that kind of walk." The ending was realistic and completely lack luster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 W.B. | 2/13/2014

    " 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 Karyn | 2/12/2014

    " Long and laborious and a bit pointless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Twila | 2/9/2014

    " Summer reading at the pool "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karma | 2/8/2014

    " This is an entire book about a guy who fails at romance because he's too much in love with his mother. Christ. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marguerite | 2/7/2014

    " I read this on vacation -- I know it's a classic, but it was very hard to care about the main character (which Lawrence modeled after himself). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daisy | 2/5/2014

    " Eh, I really only liked some of this. I suppose I should've liked it better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/4/2014

    " This book was great. I would be reading a long not paying much attention and then Lawrence would have a beautiful phrase that summarizes love or existence. The characters in the book are relatable and brilliantly complex. Miriam, perhaps the character I related the most to, doesn't belong in this world but at the same time is the most grounded character in the book. Clara, at times would make me howl at her cruelty but then pages later love her vulnerability. Paul, the protagonist at times was an evil, selfish intellectually hardened man but always to make himself feel better it seems. The chapter where his mother passes away is heart wrenching and the a brutally raw description of death's effect on a family. "

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

    " On every side the immense dark silence seemed pressing him, so tiny a speck, into extinction, and yet, almost nothing, he could not be extinct. Night, in which everything was lost, went reaching out, beyond stars and sun. "Stars and sun, a few bright grains, went spinning round for terror and holding each other in embrace, there in a darkness that outpassed them all and left them tiny and daunted. So much, and himself, infinitesimal, at the core a nothingness, and yet not nothing." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/24/2014

    " This book was a really good read, although it did have spelled out dialect which I despise...but not too much of it - a bit risque for the time period it was written in but a very intense story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent book. A little slow getting off the ground but very well worth the effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ted | 1/16/2014

    " Just a story. Not hard to read, but not very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peachykean | 1/12/2014

    " It was TOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOOooooonnnngggg and NOTHING really happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cate | 12/30/2013

    " hard to get through all 600 pages. the sex scenes are great though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 12/27/2013

    " i don't know about this book. parts of it were really beautifully written, especially early on but my god it dragged. glad i read it but can't exactly recommend it. "

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

    " LOVED this story and it's characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/24/2013

    " Infuriating at times, due mainly to the suffocating influence a mother has on her sons life. A freudian study if ever I saw one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/23/2013

    " I need to re-read this book. Every once in a while I think about it but can only remember a patch or an image, so I should re-read it to see why I keep thinking about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 12/12/2013

    " obviously a classic. a long read, but worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 12/6/2013

    " Great story about a young man's friendship with his mother, growing up in rural England in the early 20th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/1/2013

    " Very, very long. Loved the writing. Disliked the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 11/28/2013

    " Getting through the classics is tough sometimes! Parts of this book were amazing but the rest was a complete snoozefest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 10/31/2013

    " I stopped reading this book about 30 pages before its end. I think I'll give it another try some day... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 8/24/2013

    " Wow ! Not a quick read for me - oddly deep and troubling at times , but well worth trudging through . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 7/28/2013

    " Complex and intricate. The end was unexpected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 5/18/2013

    " first 2/3rds a great, vast book about relationships-fathers, mothers, children. last 1/3rd reads more like an existentialist novel-plus his line on sex, the life force, etc. great stuff, all round "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marius | 5/18/2013

    " A short novel of growing up, and the conflicts that face us all, at once dated and enduring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milkman3367 | 4/26/2013

    " A decent, though surprisingly soulless, tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leni | 3/16/2013

    " Quite readable and well written. A formidable writer, but somehow a bit empty still. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kunkku | 2/18/2013

    " my first of many lawrence reads... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/21/2013

    " I've never seen someone get so worked up for kissing in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 11/28/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 11/19/2012

    " I learned not to take critics words for what is good. I did not like the book, I thought it confusing and gloomy. It jumped all over the place and half the time it was hard to tell who he was talking about. I kept hoping it would get better but it didn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olivia | 11/8/2012

    " D.H. Lawrence captures relationships without the smarmy emotions oozing on the page, but this book is boring and his others, especially "Lady Chatterly's Lover," get the point much more elegantly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 10/19/2012

    " This is only the second D H Lawrence novel I have read. I thought it wasvery good. I did begin to think that Paul was a bit of a mummy's boy and that anoid me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martine | 9/30/2012

    " In this book, love is a prison and loving you is a reason to hate someone. It paints a very dark picture of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lila | 9/16/2012

    " Beautiful D.H.Lawrence, close your eyes to his language & perception of e-m-o-t-i-o-n. Can't help but to think though that he's using his characters as tools for his polemic. And why do his characters have so much goddamn trembling feeling? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Senglish | 7/5/2012

    " Read in univeristy English - was very impressed!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 5/27/2012

    " 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 Chris | 1/26/2012

    " I read some of this, maybe all of it, many years ago and remember very little. I think I thought there might be some sex in it. Date read is a guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane | 10/30/2011

    " This is why you should not over-honor your mother - she never dies and you never live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/18/2011

    " A wonderful novel of a boy who loves his mother a little too much. At first, when Lawrence is laying down the background, the story is a bit shaky and seems to move rather quickly. But once he settles down and slows a bit, the novel really shines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 5/31/2011

    " Not a huge fan. It's basically the story of an egoist character partially based upon on the young life of the egoist author. He had to of used the term "he hated her" about 100+ times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 5/18/2011

    " See the flowers. Smell the flowers. Take them! Mother! Mother! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/11/2011

    " I can see why it was controversial at the time but overall I wasn't impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaworu | 5/2/2011

    " Fairly interesting, although I admit a tad dry at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 4/11/2011

    " This book is fantastic. It takes Lawrence awhile to say what he wants to say but I found it to be worth the wait. Clara was a bore but I adored Miriam. Lawrence's obsession on love and hate existing as one is quite interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/8/2011

    " BRILLIANT. Captures relationships between men and women and mothers and sons so well. Influence of the countryside and nature on the characters is beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 4/4/2011

    " This was a set book when I was at school. It was OK but I don't want to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 3/30/2011

    " This book was okay. The characters weren't memorable. The only bit of interesting language was the way he captured the dialect. Generally boring. "

About the Author

D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) was a British writer of novels, poems, essays, short stories, and plays. Some of the books he wrote in the early 1900s became controversial because they contained direct descriptions of sexual relations. His best-known books are Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

About the Narrator

Robert Powell has, in addition to playing Richard Hannay on screen in The Thirty-Nine Steps, appeared on television in Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage, Dalziel and Pascoe, and Holby City.