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Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Christopher Timothy Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781783940899
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H. G. Wells considered Kipps his favorite work, and critics and readers consider it a masterpiece to this day. This epic social novel is a must-read for all literary fans. Kipps follows its protagonist Arthur “Artie” Kipps from childhood to old age and how the random events in his life—both good and bad—affect his social standing in society. He navigates through these problems as they challenge his moral and emotional being while he attempts to adapt to new situations.

Initially slow to sell, Wells had worked on Kipps for seven years and was extremely eager to succeed, harassing then publisher Macmillan with new advertising ideas. It worked. A decade later over a quarter of a million copies had been sold. The huge spike in sales cemented its place in history with rave reviews.

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  • 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. "

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.

About the Narrator

Christopher Timothy starred as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small, the internationally renowned BBC television series based on Herriot’s work. A veteran of stage, screen, and television, Timothy is a winner of the prestigious Sir John Gielgud Scholarship and the Sir Laurence Olivier Award. He also coproduced and starred in a critically acclaimed film version of James Herriot’s Yorkshire.