Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • by D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by Veronika Hyks
  • 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960. Its 1961 second edition contained this dedication from the publisher: "For having published this book, Penguin Books were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act, 1959 at the Old Bailey in London from 20 October to 2 November 1960. This edition is therefore dedicated to the twelve jurors, three women and nine men, who returned a verdict of 'Not Guilty' and thus made D. H. Lawrence's last novel available for the first time to the public in the United Kingdom."
Now firmly established as a classic of English literature that was written well before its time, what saved it from being banned for ever was its literary merit, upheld by some of the most distinguished writers and critics of the time. Lawrence’s prescient musings on the changes in society and his authentic depiction of two unhappily married people, finding in this most unlikely and potentially doomed coupling the physical and emotional balance that they both crave, are as relevant today as they were then. Have a listen!


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Customer Reviews

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Soooooo much better than 50 shades

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I read this book in high school and after a very disappointing experience with 50 Shades (even the sex scenes couldn't make up for the weak writing), I turned to lady Chatterley. Veronika Hyks is an intoxicating storyteller. This seductive story can't be beat.

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- Melanie

Revisiting a well loved classic

What did you love best about Lady Chatterley's Lover?

I revisit this story once a decade. Giving away my age, this is my forth visit. What I love is the passion between Connie and Mellors which transcends the rigid class system in England at that time, and how this unexpected and forbidden love frees them both from the dreary, lonely lives that circumstance has trapped them in.

What did you like best about this story?

What I enjoy the most about this story is how Mellors earthy attitude towards sex shocks Connie yet leads her to discover, accept and ultimately revel in her own sexuality.

What about Veronika Hyks’s performance did you like?

Having read this book many times I was nervous that listening to it might not meet my expectations and ruin the story for me. I need not have worried.Veronica Hyks made this story come alive. Lady Chatterly was portrayed perfectly as a young woman in love and Ms Hyks did a wonderful job with Mellors use of vernacular. Even lesser characters took on a life of there own.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I am always moved when Lady Chatterly cries over the baby pheasants lamenting her unfulfilled life and her empty womb.

Any additional comments?

If you should choose to listen to this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I.

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- Jacqueline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2012
  • Publisher: Aquarium Audio Books