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3.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 5 3.14 (14 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: September 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/25/2013

    " Wells may be a man of parts, but the focus of the book is on only one, and I grew weary of reading about this man's sexual appetite. I quit mid book, something I rarely do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nigel | 11/22/2013

    " Good Heavens! Old H.G. was a bit on the lively side, wasn't he? Thoroughly enjoyable account of the life and loves of H.G. Wells. I can't help feeling that it could have done with a good edit to cut it down, but this is one of Lodge's pet academic subjects, apparently. As usual, David Lodge both entertains and educates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duncan Wilson | 11/16/2013

    " a fantastic look at the paradoxical life of H G Wells. hightly recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 1/4/2013

    " The man in question is H G Wells: writer, visionary and womaniser. David Lodge has not written a biography, but he has used letters and other biographical sources to create a fascinating portrait. As other reviewers have noted, this is not really a novel either, but falls somewhere between the two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen J. | 11/7/2012

    " I just couldn't get in to this and I'm sorry to admit I gave it up when I was half way through. I guess I was expecting more about his novels and less about his liaisons! Found it very dull I'm afraid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Red Fields | 8/26/2012

    " I finished this book out of stubborness. It passed my 50 page rule but has made me think I need a 100 page rule. I am a Lodge fan but am unsure what the purpose of this book was. I'll be checking out the Wiki entries on H. G. Wells and Rebecca West, so I guess there's that... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Neilson | 8/9/2012

    " Read several of his works as a child. Had no idea about the back story and his other political activities. Fascinating to read this. I now have a completely different view of his - not the stuffy science fiction writer from the Edwardian times any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy Kincaid | 5/2/2012

    " It's a biography of H.G. Wells told in novel form. That's a very clever idea. Who knew that H.G. was such a ladie's man? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 9/16/2011

    " Live of H. G. Wells surveyed almost like a critical biography with the emphasis on his politics, his writing and especially his sex life--although the latter though talked about often is never really treated in any detail that could be considered pornographic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadettejodh | 6/28/2011

    " I loved reading this book. It is always interesting to hear one writer discussing a colleague and I enjoy David Lodge's books. I wish I had time to write more. Thank you David for signing this copy for me! "

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About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.