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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781400189762
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One of the most widely read novels of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham’s masterpiece Of Human Bondage gives a harrowing depiction of unrequited love. Philip Carey, a sensitive orphan born with a clubfoot, finds himself in desperate need of passion and inspiration. He abandons his studies to travel, first to Heidelberg and then to Paris, where he nurses ambitions of becoming a great artist. Philip’s youthful idealism erodes, however, as he comes face-to-face with his own mediocrity and lack of impact on the world. After returning to London to study medicine, he becomes wildly infatuated with Mildred, a vulgar, tawdry waitress, and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life.

First published in 1915, the semi-autobiographical Of Human Bondage combines the values left over from the Victorian era with the prevailing irony and despair of the early twentieth century. Unsentimental yet bursting with deep feeling, Of Human Bondage remains Maugham’s most complete statement of the importance of physical and spiritual liberty, a theme that resounds more loudly than ever today.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to. I loved the title for a long time and I finally got around to reading it. I like part of the book very much. Philip's angst about what to do with his life, his feeling emotionally and socially crippled because of his own exaggerated deformity, and his intelligence that isn't serving him well, are all relatable. But all of the surrounding characters are unlikeable. It is not until the end of the book when he meets the Athleney family that some side characters can really be appreciated. I felt that Maugham was striving for realism but instead created a maudlin parody of it. The novel's strong points will stay with me, especially the wonderful existential philosophizing Philip does toward the end of the book. The epiphany only temporarily comforts him, but it does set the stage for him to finally be moving in a direction. He spent his youth moving from one thing to another and torturing himself with an unrequited love. It is one of the only books I have read where I don't want the love to be requited. Mildred is just a bad person. Philip's ability to be compassionate and self-sacrificing after the three ways she betrays him is neither a testament to love or a noble trait. It is acting out the self-destructive tendency that grew in him when he went to school and was made fun of for the club foot. I suppose I can recommend the book, but it just wasn't what I thought it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tawn | 2/17/2014

    " This book was hard to get through at times, but well worth it to me. Loved the sense of reality that came with the journey of the main character. Also it was filled with quotes that I would love to stitch on pillows if I did cheesy stuff like that... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/13/2014

    " This is another book I read very long ago but has left a lasting memory in my life. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Mcadory | 2/6/2014

    " Shoo. Pretty sure this one covers just about everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corri Lustman | 2/3/2014

    " For some reason I heard this book was really sexy so i was impelled to download the ebook. it wasn't all that sexy, but i found that i was always wondering what would happen next in the epic of philip carey's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie | 1/9/2014

    " very deep; emotional; had a profound effect on me when I was young "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dean Pace-Frech | 1/8/2014

    " Reading this has definitely taught me a lot about what type of fiction sells today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/5/2014

    " By the end of the book I had a lot more sympathy for Philip. In the end, he matured and made some good choices for his life. I'll say this for him: He took responsibility for what he chose in life, and took the consequences of his actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyddie | 11/24/2013

    " It wasn't a page-turner for me, but I do like Maugham's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nureyev25 | 8/18/2012

    " It's humbling to think that an early 19th century English fellow can have the same thoughts and struggles as a 20th century Asian-American. "There is nothing new under the sun." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Wiessner | 7/30/2012

    " I read this book when I was quite young (early teen) and it was haunting to me. I'll have to go back and read it again and see if it still has that same affect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 4/4/2012

    " I loved this book. So touching it made me cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Fritts | 6/6/2011

    " Eh. Call me uncultured, but I never got into this one. Seemed to never really reach a climax, though there were little gems of literary genius buried throughout the text. I like Maugham as a writer, but I felt like this story didn't quite pick up speed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattersonjh | 5/18/2011

    " Quickly made its way on to my short list of all time greats. If I were ever an english teacher this is the book I would want to teach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ctb | 5/8/2011

    " Lovely except 2/3 through the last third becomes obvious "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/28/2011

    " Summer reading for Senior Year HS AP English Literature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angus | 4/15/2011

    " I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. There points where you just hate the main character but you continue to read it so you can see how it all ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 4/8/2011

    " For a gay author, Maugham portrays heterosexulal infatuation/love in excruciating detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 4/6/2011

    " Must reading. A moral tale well told, full of all the ruminations on life, art and sex an especially astute observer of life could compile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sandy | 4/4/2011

    " Disappointing because The Razors Edge is one of my favorite books. The guy was just really pathetic, I thought, though I understood some of what he was going through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey | 4/3/2011

    " One of the most poignant and powerful books I have ever read. "

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About the Author
Author W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) was born in Paris, the son of a British embassy official, and grew up in England. He studied medicine and officially qualified as a doctor before turning to writing. One of the twentieth century’s most popular novelists as well as a celebrated playwright, critic, and short-story writer, he also served as a secret agent for the British during World War I.

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.