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When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives. Their second son, Paul, knows that he must struggle for independence if he is not to repeat his parents' failure. Lawrence's powerful description of Paul's single-minded efforts to define himself sexually and emotionally through relationships with two women---the innocent, old-fashioned Miriam Leivers and the experienced, provocatively modern Clara Dawes---makes this a novel as much for the beginning of the 21st century as it was for the beginning of the 20th.
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By W Perry Hall on 02-01-14
Momma's Boy (The Dangers of Overbearing Parenting)
Lawrence is a great novelist and seems to have told a tale no truer than in his autobiographical "Sons and Lovers." The primary characters all have some major defect of character, but I felt most pity for Paul Morel (the Lawrence character) and Miriam (his childhood semi-sweetheart). Momma Morel didn't like Miriam because Mom would then lose control over Paul. And Paul could never let go of Mom's strings even after she'd died.
A novel best illustrating the dangers of a parent frustrated in his/her own life and then attempting to control the life of his/her child such that the parent ruins the child's life too (not only in love but in career and in joy).
Simon Vance does an admirable job narrating. The book is free on Kindle and once you download that, the audiobook is only $0.99. A super deal.
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By a on 12-03-13
Lawrence's hidden talent
Where does Sons and Lovers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I gave this book a five rating because I injected my assessment of it with a healthy dose of subjectivity. In this instance, I liked the book, I connected with it. I mean that it really resonated with me. Otherwise I would have given it 4.5 stars. But here's something objective. Whilst Lawrence is usually remembered or known for his mooning and swooning excerpts, these sorts of narrations really only comprised 2-5% of Sons and Lovers. The rest of the book was a very strong narrative, very well detailed and compelling, much in the vein of Tolstoy and later Hardy. Lawrence wrote wonderful narrative. Another startling and objective fact about the book was in the way it was read by Simon Vance. Simon gave the story a dimension I wouldn't have thought of, and it was a powerful and deserving dimension. Till now I had interpreted Paul Morel as being a 'moony' overly sensitive mother's boy. And he is such in many ways. But Simon brought a manliness to the character that gave the character and the story real street cred. I quite connected with this story. I found similarities with it in my own formative years, mostly around the town community, the industrialized nature of the town, the opportunities that were available for succeeding generations, being Paul's and his siblings, which history doesn't always make available, contrary to our beliefs in a progressive society ever present, and, yes, even in the relationship Paul shared with his mother. There came a point in the story when I felt like telling Paul to get a hold of himself. But until that point I felt like Lawrence was exploring something universal in a vast proportion of mother son relationships. A good story, in the sense of a good yarn, in places a little like a memoir, and dimensional in terms of the characters and the themes explored in poignant but not over weening sections of the narrative.
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By MLB on 03-09-15
Sons and Lovers
A good reading of Lawrence classic unabridged. Locations come to life . Characters and dialogue well delineated by the narrator. I would recommend this.
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By Amazon Customer on 08-29-16
First audio book- first D.H. Lawrence novel
I have struggled to read for years. Haven't made the time; waylaid by TV, internet, life, hobbies. I generally fall asleep after a page of effort.
I've sat, deperate, staring at a pile of books that I've wanted to pick up and experience each individual journey within.
I recall enjoying read alongs in the classroom of my school; Under Milkwood, Kes. I decided to relive the experiences by using audiobooks to guide me along. It worked a treat. This may be life changing!
A mesmerising story with tragedy that took my breath away at times. So well read. I got used to Simon Vance after about a third of the way through the book, initially annoying, but the pace was perfect.
I shan't forget about the Morels.
Great book and great app
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