The Rainbow : Brangwen Family

  • by D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by Maureen O'Brien
  • Series: Brangwen Family
  • 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in the rural midlands of England, The Rainbow revolves around three generations of Brangwens, a family deeply involved with the land and noted for their strength and vigour. When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow, Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter, Anna, as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupts between them. Their stories continue in Women in Love.


What the Critics Say

"O'Brien reads the Brangwens, both women and men, as vital people, with instinctive lines that are both sensual and spiritual; always they are whole and organic as they are drawn inexorably into the Rainbow. Both book and reading give us Lawrence at his best." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Death and Rebirth, the Old and New.

A brilliant telling of the Brangwen family's 3 generations, before and after the industrial revolution from their small bit of England, and their rise from people of the land, to people of culture and worldly knowledge, with moral, spiritual and earthly struggles. Eventually revolving around the granddaughter, Ursula, a 'modern' women of free thought and the challenges that envelope her. It is a story of great passions, misfortunes, loves and agonies, always surrounded by their small place in the world of earthly power.
If you love this book as much as I have, 'Women in Love' continues the tale, this time focusing on Ursula's younger sister, Gudrun.

Maureen O'Brien is the best narrator I have, to this point, heard! Remarkable!
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- Geoffrey

Not so hard

Often I struggled through this while reading. Not so listening. Also discovered that Lawrence isn't just about sex. He writes a lot about urbanization and modern dehumanizing employment practices, just as relevant today. Even where sex is talked about, it's talked about very deeply and meaningfully. Not at all pornographically. Really an extension of Hardy with a bit of Freud thrown in. Oh, and a bit of Dolls House and Hedda Gabler. Figure that much of the fuss, the establishmentarian reaction, historically speaking, actually related to the story's radical and individualistic view point rather than sex scenes as such (as there really weren't any to speak of, even for the times.) I wouldn't be surprised if Lawrence included more sex later in Women and Chatterley just to stick it to readers who chose not to see past these matters in his first few books. All in all, an incredible author, the likes of whom we won't see again for awhile to come.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios