Sons and Lovers


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.4 stars; 75 reviews)

This intimate portrait of a coal-miner's family fastens on each member in turn: Walter Morel, the collier; Gertrude, his wife; and the children: William, Annie, Arthur, and Paul. When Mrs. Morel begins to be estranged from her husband because of his poor financial sense and his drinking habits, she comes to inhabit the lives of her children - most particularly, her sons. She is determined that they will grow to be something more than men that come home blackened with coal dust every day and roaring with drink every night. As each grows up and moves away, she must release him. But Paul, she holds; they have a bond that defies time and the attractions of young women.

Lawrence originally intended the book's title to be "Paul Morel" and it is on this son - and his lovers - that he spends the bulk of his tale. The strong mother can make a success of her son, but if he cannot learn to leave his mother's apron strings, will he really be a better man than his father? (Summary by Mark Smith) (18 hr 47 min)

Chapters

01a – The Early Married Life of the Morels, Part A 35:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
01b – The Early Married Life of the Morels, Part B 35:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
02 – The Birth of Paul, and Another Battle 50:51 Read by Mark F. Smith
03 – The Casting Off of Morel 31:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
04a – The Young Life of Paul, Part A 32:06 Read by Mark F. Smith
04b – The Young Life of Paul, Part 2 37:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
05a – Paul Launches Into Life, Part 1 44:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
05b – Paul Launches Into Life, Part 2 37:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
06a – Death in the Family, Part 1 37:48 Read by Mark F. Smith
06b – Death in the Family, Part 2 37:28 Read by Mark F. Smith
07a – Lad-and-Girl Love, Part 1 32:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
07b – Lad-and-Girl Love, Part 2 36:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
07c – Lad-and-Girl Love, Part 3 34:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
08a – Strife in Love, Part 1 32:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
08b – Strife of Love, Part 2 59:08 Read by Mark F. Smith
09a – Defeat of Miriam, Part 1 50:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
09b – Defeat of Miriam, Part 2 48:52 Read by Mark F. Smith
10a – Clara, Part 1 35:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
10b – Clara, Part 2 31:33 Read by Mark F. Smith
11a – The Test on Miriam, Part 1 34:03 Read by Mark F. Smith
11b – The Test on Miriam, Part 2 30:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
12a – Passion, Part 1 38:43 Read by Mark F. Smith
12b – Passion, Part 2 33:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
12c – Passion, Part 3 36:30 Read by Mark F. Smith
13a – Baxter Dawes, Part 1 33:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
13b – Baxter Dawes, Part 2 35:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
13c – Baxter Dawes, Part 3 30:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
14a – The Release, Part 1 32:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
14b – The Release, Part 2 47:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
15 – Derelict 30:44 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

Hmm...


(3 stars)

What is this book? Interesting book, upsetting book, frustrating book... A book that ends with the will to live but no happiness. I suppose some of my response is the fault of my own bias: I had entered this book with the assumption that it would end peacefully, so as Paul fell continually deeper into sin and misery I grew frustrated. Now I realize that this wasn't a story of ascent but of descent: of confusion, complexities, and bad choices. I think that the deep exploration of family, relationships, and the individual may help me to understand others better, hopefully while not casting too glum a shade on my outlook. (As always, Mark does a fine narration!)

Well read with engaging characters


(4 stars)

I'm working my way through the modern libraries list of the top 100 english-language novels and this is number nine on their list, and for good reason. it's well-written and slowly draws you into the characters until you find yourself wanting to know more about them and what happens next in the story. even the ending although somewhat logical will leave you wanting to know more about the characters after the novel ends. I'll have to see if any of the DH Lawrence novels continue this character's story I would like to point out the excellent job the reader did on this without trying to use too much inflection he clearly distinguish the characters in separate tones and voices that made everything move smoothly and without any interruption or distraction from the reading. I'm going to have to look if he has any other books on this service.


(3.5 stars)

The reading was very well done. The book itself shows the effect mothers have on the maturing of their sons into men and, of course, lovers. Paul was quite often like a puppet, doing as his mother wished. He subconsciously reflected her own attitudes on different matters and depended so much on her for his happiness it's no wonder that by the end he seemed so lost.

Well read


(4 stars)

The reading was excellent as you would expect from Mark. The writing has brilliant sections of beautiful heart breaking prose but I've never been too enthused with writing that focuses almost entirely on the inner life and psychology of relationships. I will stick to DH's poetry in the future.

great audiobox read


(4 stars)

great story. im sure it mite be somewhat dull to read but Mark Simpson i think really brought it to life. beautiful story that should not be lost to time.


(5 stars)

Spell binding tragedy delivered with excellent reading. D H Lawrence explores the love between an overbearing mother and her sons and the influence of their bonds on their (sons) lovers

Wonderfully read


(5 stars)

The full 5 stars go to Mr Smith, for doing such wonderful job. The book is dull ad nauseam.

sons and lovers


(3 stars)

well read. Mr. Smith did a great job with a rather dull story.