Women in Love

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.1 stars; 120 reviews)

Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920. It is a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula. Gudrun Brangwen, an artist, pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, an industrialist. Lawrence contrasts this pair with the love that develops between Ursula and Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual who articulates many opinions associated with the author. The emotional relationships thus established are given further depth and tension by an unadmitted homoerotic attraction between Gerald and Rupert. The novel ranges over the whole of British society at the time of the First World War and eventually ends high up in the snows of the Swiss Alps. (Summary by Wikipedia) (25 hr 19 min)


01 - Chapter 01 - Sisters 50:43 Read by Ruth Golding
02 - Chapter 02 - Shortlands 32:53 Read by Ruth Golding
03 - Chapter 03 - Class-room 32:01 Read by Ruth Golding
04 - Chapter 04 - Diver 19:37 Read by Ruth Golding
05 - Chapter 05 - In the Train 26:03 Read by Ruth Golding
06 - Chapter 06 - Creme de Menthe 43:19 Read by Ruth Golding
07 - Chapter 07 - Fetish 14:53 Read by Ruth Golding
08 - Chapter 08 - Breadalby Part 1 45:03 Read by Ruth Golding
09 - Chapter 08 - Breadalby Part 2 43:18 Read by Ruth Golding
10 - Chapter 09 - Coal-dust 28:28 Read by Ruth Golding
11 - Chapter 10 - Sketch-book 13:33 Read by Ruth Golding
12 - Chapter 11 - An Island 33:46 Read by Ruth Golding
13 - Chapter 12 - Carpeting 30:57 Read by Ruth Golding
14 - Chapter 13 - Mino 34:51 Read by Ruth Golding
15 - Chapter 14 - Water-party Part 1 55:31 Read by Ruth Golding
16 - Chapter 14 - Water-party Part 2 53:39 Read by Ruth Golding
17 - Chapter 15 - Sunday Evening 26:16 Read by Ruth Golding
18 - Chapter 16 - Man to Man 37:08 Read by Ruth Golding
19 - Chapter 17 - The Industrial Magnate Part 1 33:12 Read by Ruth Golding
20 - Chapter 17 - The Industrial Magnate Part 2 43:18 Read by Ruth Golding
21 - Chapter 18 - Rabbit 30:46 Read by Ruth Golding
22 - Chapter 19 - Moony Part 1 30:41 Read by Ruth Golding
23 - Chapter 19 - Moony Part 2 41:54 Read by Ruth Golding
24 - Chapter 20 - Gladiatorial 33:30 Read by Ruth Golding
25 - Chapter 21 - Threshold 43:53 Read by Ruth Golding
26 - Chapter 22 - Woman to Woman 33:41 Read by Ruth Golding
27 - Chapter 23 - Excurse 1:07:14 Read by Ruth Golding
28 - Chapter 24 - Death and Love Part 1 50:11 Read by Ruth Golding
29 - Chapter 24 - Death and Love Part 2 49:02 Read by Ruth Golding
30 - Chapter 25 - Marriage or Not 10:41 Read by Ruth Golding
31 - Chapter 26 - A Chair 28:53 Read by Ruth Golding
32 - Chapter 27 - Flitting 47:32 Read by Ruth Golding
33 - Chapter 28 - Gudrun in the Pompadour 17:37 Read by Ruth Golding
34 - Chapter 29 - Continental Part 1 33:19 Read by Ruth Golding
35 - Chapter 29 - Continental Part 2 34:06 Read by Ruth Golding
36 - Chapter 29 - Continental Part 3 52:05 Read by Ruth Golding
37 - Chapter 29 - Continental Part 4 40:59 Read by Ruth Golding
38 - Chapter 29 - Continental Part 5 22:55 Read by Ruth Golding
39 - Chapter 30 - Snowed Up Part 1 29:55 Read by Ruth Golding
40 - Chapter 30 - Snowed Up Part 2 40:37 Read by Ruth Golding
41 - Chapter 30 - Snowed Up Part 3 54:58 Read by Ruth Golding
42 - Chapter 31 - Exeunt 26:23 Read by Ruth Golding



(2 stars)

Great narrator, but an overly long story filed with self-absorbed characters whose tiniest emotions are over blown to great portions. Lawrence writes darkly, but richly. I had to skip whole paragraphs to stay interested.

great narration!!!!

(4 stars)

this us a weird story and it was slow getting into it but i did enjou it. I would enjoy hearing the dictionary read by Ms. Golding, though.

A breathtaking recording

(5 stars)

"Women in Love", D. H. Lawrence's sequel to "The Rainbow", continues the tumultuous stories of sisters Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen. The sisters are definitively modern women, bolder and more intense in nature than their Victorian predecessors. Both plunge headlong into passionate affairs with two very different men, and the two bright young couples explore their relationships with each other and the world around them. Theirs are the voices of a new age as they question the nature of love, politics, and the people of England. Controversial in its day for its honest, vivid depictions of sexuality and other daring topics, this novel is a fascinating look at modern life and love breaking free of a more conservative past. Many thanks to Mrs Golding for her outstanding reading of this long novel. A truly remarkable performance well worth listening to.

A truly outstanding reading

(5 stars)

Driving up and down the M62 over the last few years I have listened to dozens of LibriVox recordings. It would be rather silly to say that one or other is the "best", but if I had to list my favourite half dozen this one would be right in there. Ruth Golding's interpretation is of the highest quality. I can't imagine how the recording could have been better if she were a professional voice actress (perhaps she is?). This is a longish book, but Ruth is able to maintain her voice characterizations from start to finish. Her careful diction and well thought out interpretation is simply wonderful to hear -- even though Lawrence's self-absorbed characters can be fairly annoying! TheBookworm, Manchester, UK.

Boring Dribble

(1 stars)

Not even the excellent reading of Ruth Golding could help this shallow flapdoodle. I suffered all the way through the first book in this series, Rainbow. This time I could not get past the first 6 chapters. I started skipping ahead, and finally just listened to the last chapter. I'm happy I did not listen to the entire book for that ending. After putting this book aside, I've gone on to listen to Mary Barton a tale of Manchester version 2. Wow what an amazing contrast.

Brilliant reading by Bruce Golding

(5 stars)

Ruth Golding‘s ability to give each character a unique voice with the appropriate dialect within British society makes DH Lawrence’s often long-winded and tedious prose fascinating. His comments regarding changing British society, industry, capitalism, socialism, love, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, marriage, art, religion (to name a few) wrapped within the relationships of two sisters and their lovers’ relationships is remarkable. It is amazing how the author managed to present intimate pleasures without using a single curse word or anatomical noun.


(5 stars)

I have not listened to the book, yet, but will, in a few minutes...... If "Bookworm" from Manchester, UK says this is A FIVE***** LISTEN/BOOK, YOU can be SURE that IT IS! "Bookworm" YOU ROCK THE CAZBAR!!!! YOU are ACES with me! Super YiaYia Victoria, BC CANADA

Very long book, yet a great find.

(5 stars)

Ms. Golding brings this book to life. I'm amazed at how she has a different voice for each character. Superb job! Also, I love to listen to other books narrated by the very talented narrator, Ruth Golding.