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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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his wonderful comedy about orphan and innocent Arthur Kipps was the means by which Wells satirized what he saw as a gross stupidity and blight upon English society; the pretensions of and obsession with class. Humble drapers' assistant Arthur unexpectedly inherits his grandfather's fortune and is instantly propelled into a higher social strata with the subsequent problems of attaining the required behaviour of a 'gentleman.' Wells gets much comic mileage from Arthurs desperate attempts to win the approval of his 'betters' and the hand of his Goddess, the ambitious, would be London Bohemian Helen, but there is pathos in his inevitable fall from grace and reunion with Ann, his childhood sweetheart. Wells, the revolutionary, makes some serious political comment and with great foresight predicts the worlds' citizens as 'one body' in the words of the jaundiced socialist Masterman. A joyous thought provoking tale with an ingenious twist in the final moments.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 6/6/2013

    " I think I enjoyed the film a lot more than I did the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mana | 1/13/2013

    " the boring stories they make you study at school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 9/15/2012

    " A wonderful little book you hardly expect from sf master H.G. Wells. But the saga of Arthur Kipps in (I believe) Edwardian England really lets us into the life of a working man. The film Half A Sixpence with Tommy Steele was based on this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ebony Black | 8/8/2012

    " Read this at school in English Class, and i didn't like it much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Gallear | 2/28/2012

    " Sort of plotless and ambling, in a way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shadan | 5/24/2011

    " still remember the sketch of arty kipps "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Smith | 12/27/2010

    " Half a Sixpence, Paramount musical is based on this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaric | 11/21/2010

    " Delightful insight into the period, Wells mixes high quality humour and pathos with a generous measure accurately portrayed human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy Young | 6/24/2010

    " Wonderful tale made better by the fact that Half a' Sixpence was base on it. It is through Well's non sci fi works that you see how great an author he really was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Marcinko | 4/26/2010

    " Been long wanting to get beyond H.G. Wells's admittedly wonderful science fiction. Amazing to think he was probably better known for his later novels during his lifetime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/29/2010

    " Really charming novel about class with lots of biographical info about Wells thrown in. Thoroughly enjoyable. I loved the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaric | 5/17/2009

    " Delightful insight into the period, Wells mixes high quality humour and pathos with a generous measure accurately portrayed human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 2/10/2008

    " Wonderful tale made better by the fact that Half a' Sixpence was base on it. It is through Well's non sci fi works that you see how great an author he really was. "

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About the Author

H. G. Wells (1866–1946), born in Bromley, Kent, England, was apprenticed to a drygoodsman and a druggist before he made his way to the Royal College of Science where he studied biology. Known as the father of science fiction, he was also a prolific writer in other genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. As a spokesman for progress and peace, his middle period novels (1900–1920) were more realistic and covered lower-middle-class life, suffrage, and the emergence of feminist ideals that pushed against the limits set by male-dominated society.