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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Lodge Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sequestered in his blitz-battered house, the ailing H.G. Wells looks back on a life crowded with incident, books and women. Has it been a success or a failure? Arguing with himself about his conduct, he relives his relationships with two wives and many mistresses, especially the brilliant student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West, both of whom bore him children, with dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 2/1/2014

    " Much of this book was tedious - quotes from letters, far too much Fabian philosophy. I found myself furious at HG Wells wife for allowing him to change her name and for supporting his numerous affairs. I was never very engaged with this book and I only finished because it was for my book club. The discussion should be very interesting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anna | 1/28/2014

    " I don't know if this is a bad book (weird, for David Lodge) or H.G. Wells was just an awful person. I got really tired of hearing about Wells's sex life. Some of his relationships were with really young women - not only should the older Wells have known better - it constitutes almost an abuse of power. I think Wells's wife, Jane, would have been a much more interesting subject for a book. I listened to the audio and Steven Crossley was wonderful even if the book wasn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karin | 1/23/2014

    " This book was interesting bringing to life a man who was well before my time but has influenced so much of the modern world. The narrator of this talking book edition was well chosen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by kp | 1/5/2014

    " I didn't so much finish it as drift away of it. Lodge is a thorough and amusing writer, but H.G. Wells as presented here is too annoying to spend time with, and though Lodge paints the early twentieth-century London scene well, he gives us little to hang our emotions on. Tried to get through this book for a long time, but it was never compelling enough to make me stay. I did make it 3/4 through, while waiting for other books to come into the library. I am too old to spend time on books that I don't devour. "

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