I've been hankering for really good literature lately, and this really met the challenge. I can't believe it's taken me until my early 50's to read D.H. Lawrence, and in particular, Lady Chatterley's Lover. I never bothered to read it because I assumed it was just an erotic novel with little substance and put it right up there with Fifty Shades of Gray, (which I haven't read). How wrong was I. I'm hooked. The narrator was fantastic. There were five versions of this book available to listen to, and only this one was narrated by a man. John Lee does a fantastic job, and at times almost sounds like Sean Connery. I've borrowed the following from Wikipedia, as it really says it all. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, also challenged this widely held view, describing him as, "The greatest imaginative novelist of his generation.
David Ellis is the author of Lawrence's Non-Fiction: Art, Thought and Genre and Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time. He has been commissioned to write Volume HI of the New Cambridge biography of Lawrence.