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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,363 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: 9781400189793
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A powerful and engrossing tale of extremes and extremists, D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love follows the passionate relationships of two sisters, Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen, with their respective lovers, the ominous Gerald Crich and the charismatic but fragile Rupert Birkin. Beginning in a narrow-minded English colliery town and culminating amidst the ice and snow of the Alps, the abortive alliance between the two men and the couples’ affairs are played out against the derangement of industrialism and the need to find new ways of living and better ways of dying.

A masterpiece that heralded the erotic consciousness of the twentieth century, Lawrence considered Women in Love his best novel, exploring through it his belief that love is “the great creative process.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emi Oka | 2/19/2014

    " a beautifully written book. A book that makes you both think and feel deeply. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie B. | 2/18/2014

    " Lawrence's characters are well-developed psychologically, especially the males, which makes them interesting to read about. I preferred this novel to Lady Chatterly's Lover which I read a few years later and which gets all the hype. As a woman, it was interesting and amusing to read about women and sexuality from a male's perspective; all the stuff about 'penis envy' and the revered phallus was very new to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke Huang | 2/14/2014

    " I fell in love with D.H. Lawrence after this novel. Like most loves, I suppose, I would like less of him after "Sons and Lovers" and "Lady Chatterley," but still "Women in Love" takes the reader to great places and makes him/her eavesdrop on pretty interesting conversations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 2/11/2014

    " Lawrence is writing philosophy so reading him is sometimes exhausting and to be done little by little. The chapters are almost a series of self-contained illustrations of ideas although there are characters (Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, again) and a story (love, or course). For example, how to have a conversation with an acquaintance on the train in which one says all the things one ordinarily would not say; how loving one's sister and hating her are pretty much the same thing; whether the best way to be a person is to subsume oneself in another person or remain coherent and unmixed; the wonderfulness of thick, brightly colored silk stockings; and, finally, whether or not naked wrestling with a friend makes one gay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emm | 2/9/2014

    " I'm utterly ambivalent about my feelings towards this book. It was delightfully homoerotic and delivered on its promise of scandal; however, the unending emotional and philosophical roller-coaster became a bit too much. I'm loath to admit that I stopped about 70 or so pages from the end. It may have just been my mood or the fact that I did not read it consistently enough but I grew completely disinterested in all of the characters. I generally find discussions of freedom, will, and individuality in the context of relationships quite moving, but for some reason in the context of this novel they just didn't hit the spot. Preferring simple and stark language, the writing style, being so florid, was not really my taste and I found the repetition of such hyperbolic phrases (and overuse of the word loin) unappealing. I can see the appeal and appreciate it in the context of its epoch; but, this book was rather flat for me. Although I did find moments of humor and enjoyment, I felt more the pull to put it down soon after I had picked it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megann Filios | 2/8/2014

    " Words words words. Lawrence does have a flowerly style but this was a bit much. This is supposed to be his best work, but I loved Sons and Lovers so much more. "

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

    " I liked it because it was funny, but not usually on purpose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sahe94 | 1/28/2014

    " I read it as a school text in high school. It was very tedious to read the stream of consciousness style of writing and some concepts i just found perverse, like the star equilibrium which Birkin proposes. Imagery is vivid and often too intense. But i think there is a lot more to be gained from reading this again, if one ever feels up to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Lodge | 1/27/2014

    " It is Lawrence's most complete statement. He argues with himself all through it: struggling to find a way to define what he wants to know about the individual and others. The characters are intense, fierce, intelligent, combative. They clash; they pound into each other. Lawrence explores ideas through the fist-tight dialogue and the bold imagery. And he quests for answers in his insistent narrative too. Ursula remains the real centre of the book, but Birkin, Gudrun and Gerald all get close-up focus too. I remembered from the film that one of the male characters died at the end. Funny, I was relieved to find that it was Gerald. Birkin is more congenial to me. Sadly, Ursula has no more sapphic adventures, but Gerald and Birkin represent an awkward attempt at male companionship that never quite happens. Lawrence is never less than interesting, and he has a great talent for rendering action with vivid immediacy. This is a book that is worth arguing with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kingfan30 | 1/26/2014

    " Have to say I did not get on very well with this book and could not relate to the characters at all. I did manage to get to then end but can not say that I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KJ Luepke | 1/26/2014

    " Read it a long time ago but don't recall a whole lot about it. I remember liking it well enough but not enough to read it again or to write home about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbey | 1/24/2014

    " While I appreciate Lawrence's writing style and character development, I found this novel difficult to get through. There is little plot to speak of and more philophosizing than I typically like in a novel. That said, I can definitely see how it would improve with discussion. Maybe I would have gotten more out of it had I read it for a class or book club instead of on my own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik Graff | 1/24/2014

    " I read this upon a friend's recommendation. I'd seen the movie version of it with Oliver Reed years before in New York and hadn't been very impressed. That played on the shock effect of portraying a homosexual encounter. The novel apparently also had a shock effect when it was first published in 1920, but would be very unlikely to disturb or challenge anyone today. Frankly, while well written, I thought it was boring and much preferred Lawrence's The Escaped Cock. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthea | 1/23/2014

    " Most unusual. Very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 1/19/2014

    " this is definitely a five star book for david herbert. the only knock is it's a bit meandering, but thematically it encompasses so many things. i loved the character Loerke in the end as a foil to Gerald and perhaps a more succinct explanation for what Birkin was trying to get across all along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/19/2014

    " Also the movie was great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/17/2014

    " one of my all-time faves. "

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

    " Read it from the British Council library a long time ago. I remember it didn't meet my expectations, which were somewhat high, after reading other books by Lawrence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda J | 1/8/2014

    " While this book continues the story of 2 sisters, Ursula and Gudrun, from Lawrence's book The Rainbow, I still enjoyed it without have ever read the former. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lang Tang | 12/11/2013

    " They don't write books like this anymore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Murshad | 12/11/2013

    " I have read like half of it, to be honest, it all went over my head. A bit too dry for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Patzer | 11/15/2013

    " i read this mostly while on buses in London, which is probably why i think it's my favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polina Semenova | 11/10/2013

    " I really loved some parts of it, finding other parts tedious and drawn out... Really not sure who I would recommend this to "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evalyn | 11/4/2013

    " Not an easy read but not because of the writing. The characters aren't particularly likeable and their negativity and disillusionment doesn't come across as well as the "lost generation" of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. That said, Lawrence's writing is at times very beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 9/8/2013

    " Laurence can be annoying, but for his time he was so daring, putting his fingers on the pulse of life as honestly as he could. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandy | 9/7/2013

    " I have no love for this book. I couldn't even finish it, and I can't remember the last time I didn't finish a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra | 9/2/2013

    " I read this and The Rainbow while in a foreign country for 3 weeks with people I could not communicate with (and frequently needed to get away from), with no internet, TV or phone service. These may be unfair conditions, but I loved it. "

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

    " delicious, lovely language; took me a while to read but a peaceful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 5/3/2013

    " My favorite D.H. Lawrence novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 4/12/2013

    " Crazy characters, crazy plot... This book was awesome. However, with some of the characters, their judgements and opinions made me very angry, especially Birkin and Gudrun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 3/25/2013

    " This is the book that I was supposed to read at university that famously annoyed me so much I threw it out of the top floor window in Methley Street. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/28/2012

    " Nobody can articulate the psychology of love like D.H. Lawrence. It's quite incredible. Just don't read it for plot, though there is a surprise at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/11/2012

    " always wanted to read lawrence who has my birthday. fair reading... reminds me a bit of high school reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 10/24/2012

    " I would give it a 4.5 if that was an option. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polina Semenova | 10/22/2012

    " I really loved some parts of it, finding other parts tedious and drawn out... Really not sure who I would recommend this to "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 8/9/2012

    " The irritating bits of The Rainbow come to the fore, but this one's probably more focused. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noreen | 5/1/2012

    " Give my a f**king break! Why did I love this when I was 19? What a misguided girl I was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/19/2012

    " Any time I read this, I know I will take away something different, which is why it is and will become a precious favorite. Full of ponderings and musings that make you think more deeply about even the most insignificant events. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 3/23/2012

    " Lawrence as he writes. I found most of his books too similar in theme and views to want to pick them up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/11/2012

    " ...I will never think of `love` in the same way ever again...a tad bit too much existentialism for my taste... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Miller | 2/6/2012

    " Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence (2003) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Wetsel | 2/6/2012

    " Despite the abundance of sentimental language, length, and depressing charaters, I somehow became a fiend. Damn you, modern love! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Birgit Baumgartner | 11/7/2011

    " I officially give up on this book. I simply can't bring myself to read the last 100 pages or so full of lamenting and relentless philosophical dialogue. I am sure there will be no happy ending and they will all live miserably ever after. I have heard enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross Perlin | 10/13/2011

    " The prose is seriously overdone, yet charmingly poetic and repetitive, and there is a searching quality to the whole, with its explorations of animality, male-female differences, spirituality versus materialism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 8/22/2011

    " What a sexy book, love lawrence. Have many books by him but this is my fav. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 7/2/2011

    " I could not put this one down, well...except to use the restroom and go to work and stuff. But even those things didn't stop me at times :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/24/2011

    " This was not an easy book. The characters are almost too complicated for the reader to relate too. Still, it's got a dark feel to it that pulls you in and keeps you going until the surprising resolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 6/2/2011

    " I might need to re-read this. I read it as a teen and a lot of it was over my head. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evalyn | 5/2/2011

    " Not an easy read but not because of the writing. The characters aren't particularly likeable and their negativity and disillusionment doesn't come across as well as the "lost generation" of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. That said, Lawrence's writing is at times very beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/2/2011

    " Took me forever to get through, but I'm glad I hung in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Dennis | 5/2/2011

    " I admire most of his writing but it has to be read in depth. I am studying his theory on ultimate love between two people, male and female. His descriptive pieces are out of this world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zino | 5/1/2011

    " its a psychological novel you should read it times and times and play the role of each character to understand the plot and the theme
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 4/13/2011

    " Not my favorite book but it wasn't bad either. I kinda felt like it was dragging on and would never really get to the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 3/31/2011

    " Didn't care for this book. It was tediousfor me to read. "

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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.