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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,542 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781452670300
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Set in the rural midlands of England, The Rainbow revolves around three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than sixty years, setting them against the emergence of modern England. When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow and adopts her daughter as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupt. Suffused with biblical imagery, The Rainbow addresses searching human issues in a setting of precise and vivid detail.

In The Rainbow, D. H. Lawrence challenged the customary limitations of language and convention to carry into the structures of his prose the fascination with boundaries and space that characterize the entire novel. A visionary novel, considered to be one of Lawrence’s finest, it explores the complex sexual and psychological relationships between men and women in an increasingly industrialized world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lawrence is the most Dostoevskian of English novelists, in whose best work conflicting ideological positions are brought into play and set up against each other in dialogue that is never simply or finally resolved.”

    David Lodge, author of Nice Work

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan Blom | 2/12/2014

    " A bit of a tough slog. Not much of a plot. Interesting characters, though: three generations of Brangwens, an English Midlands family, and especially the grand-daughter, Ursula - all with personalities like forces of nature. Did like the setting and all the natural imagery, and the distinctive voice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/11/2014

    " This was brutal to get though. I didn't like how Lawrence doesn't get to the actual story until almost halfway though the novel. The novel itself is very linear, you begin with the grandparents and work your way to the present day. The writing style is decent but it's hard to read more than a chapter at a time because it lags at points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Morrison | 2/7/2014

    " Lawrence's cross-generational epic of the relations between men and women. Observed with a coldly penetrating eye and sometimes hard to take, but revealed with such fire that you become caught up in the wonder and pain of it and experience excitement as the characters begin to discover themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whoof | 2/7/2014

    " If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be...FECUND "

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

    " Though this was a tedious at times, i really enjoyed it. Kind of confused about the characters' motivations thoigh. "

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

    " If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be...FECUND "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chrissie Willicombe | 1/31/2014

    " I thoroughly disliked this book, having been made to read it at university! I don't enjoy D H Lawrence's writing at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/27/2014

    " Verbose, so verbose it says nothing at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lissa | 1/21/2014

    " I didn't get this book finished completely for book group but the parts that I read, I read deeply and enjoyed immensely. The relationships in this book are more real than most of the things I read (this wasn't happy ever after romance fiction) but the writing was wonderful, rich, engaging, deep.... what a gem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djrmel | 1/19/2014

    " I was hooked on this book at the fifth paragraph. It's no wonder that the self-appointed moral watchdogs of 1915 were aghast at what he'd written. Lawrence packs more sensuality into a description of the agrarian life than most writers (past and present) could put into a narrative about a full on physical encounter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/17/2014

    " Quite long, in both pages and time spanned within the story. Covers 3 full generations, with reference to 5. Very sexual, with allusions to masturbation, lesbianism, children out of wedlock, etc... Liked it better than Sons and Lovers. Has some of the same annoying mama's boy character to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Hawks | 1/16/2014

    " This is the Lawrence book I would most recommend. It is much like Knut Hamsen's Growth of the Soil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djrmel | 1/2/2014

    " I was hooked on this book at the fifth paragraph. It's no wonder that the self-appointed moral watchdogs of 1915 were aghast at what he'd written. Lawrence packs more sensuality into a description of the agrarian life than most writers (past and present) could put into a narrative about a full on physical encounter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 1/1/2014

    " Slow to start, but great finish. It was interesting to read knowing it was a banned book back in the day. Worth the time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Millard | 12/31/2013

    " Jeez, what was the point of this? Could not sympathize with the characters - it was like a soap opera with all of these internal conflicts. So self-absorbed, could have been a product of the "Me" generation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerome K | 12/31/2013

    " I was a bit young when I read this. DH Lawrence writes such epic emotional rollercoasters. Tortured, erotic pastorals. Definitely had more issues than any other Victorian novelists. Would love to re-read this now that I'm a bit older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ماهر Battuti | 12/25/2013

    " The second part, and the best of the triology of "Sons and Lovers". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/8/2013

    " Very interesting look at men and women falling in and out of love. A psychological and sociological view of the relationships, feelings, and being that define life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 9/30/2013

    " This was a difficult book to get through. It was boring at times, picked up in others, and ultimately the expression of femininity and motherhood and female/male relations was something that I couldn't agree with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/22/2013

    " my favorite D.H. Lawrence novel. i'll argue with anyone who wants to say that it's not his best novel. including those who want to talk about how Women in Love is better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 7/28/2013

    " Repetitive, repetitive I say. I say quite repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ambermoon | 4/29/2013

    " A very good book. Beautifully written and clever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/24/2013

    " I like Lawrence a lot, and I picked this title for two reasons: It's my favorite of the popular Lawrence books, and I feel it's been overlooked in deference to the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 2/17/2013

    " This is a story of three generations of a family living on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire borders. It is about love and how love can destroy everything around it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/16/2013

    " I know you find dh lawrence offensive. We all do. but if you're feeling indulgent this one is an experience worth having. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/19/2013

    " the bible of human nature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/29/2012

    " OMG you have to be a linguist to understand the strong dialect ... that threw me and had me going over and over spots here and there. The story is vivid in details and really gives you a sense of being in the book. Really took me back in time . A time I am glad I dont live in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/22/2012

    " I remember having to read this very quickly (right before a final exam) for some college course. Luckily I LOVED it. I've meant to read more Lawrence ever since but have never made the time. Maybe some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 8/9/2012

    " Maren's middle name Gudrun is from this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 6/15/2012

    " Farty proto-fascist flapdoodle served up with a twist of hippy bollocks and garnished with enough of a patina of feminist sympathy for it to goosestep rapidly under some people's radar. Yes DH Lawrence could write. Somebody should have stopped him though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Beales | 6/12/2012

    " The first half of the Rainbow contains some if the greatest erotic literature of all time ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian Atkins | 4/29/2012

    " Excellent! My first Lawrence book and I was bowled over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Morrison | 4/16/2012

    " Lawrence's cross-generational epic of the relations between men and women. Observed with a coldly penetrating eye and sometimes hard to take, but revealed with such fire that you become caught up in the wonder and pain of it and experience excitement as the characters begin to discover themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Appia | 3/21/2012

    " A tough read, but well worth it. Lawrence knows the minds of people; he knows their innermost thoughts and feelings and we get to know ourselves and others better by reading him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bogdan Pantea | 2/3/2012

    " Convoluted metaphorical crap. I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shane | 1/6/2012

    " Beautifully written but painfully repetitive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 10/31/2011

    " Gave up weeks ago, couldn't even be bothered to update. It was a comic pastiche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 6/7/2011

    " This is a story of three generations of a family living on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire borders. It is about love and how love can destroy everything around it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 6/5/2011

    " Tough one to get into. Too many people's souls being set aflame and having silent struggles of domination. Fun quote: "When you die you don't matter," "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/29/2011

    " A tough read, but well worth it. Lawrence knows the minds of people; he knows their innermost thoughts and feelings and we get to know ourselves and others better by reading him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conor Robin | 5/6/2011

    " ...the most realistic portrayal of schooling and nervousness, the fear behind intelligence, or the want to seek out learning, and god the sentences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaylan | 4/28/2011

    " This book is weird and DH Lawrence never gets to the dang point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/3/2011

    " My personal favorite D.H. tome. I'm all about Tom Brangwen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/27/2011

    " My original favorite book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Centa | 1/31/2011

    " Such a beautifully written, if a little dense, book. Reading about the evolution of one family was fascinating, as each character is wonderfully varied and complex. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.