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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Paul Shelley Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Mr Polly is an ordinary middle-aged man who is tired of his wife's nagging and his dreary job as a gentleman's outfitter in a small town. Faced with the threat of bankruptcy, he concludes that the only way to escape his frustrating existence is by burning his shop to the ground and killing himself. Unexpected events, however, conspire at the last moment to lead the bewildered Mr Polly to a bright new future - after he saves a life, fakes his death, and escapes to a world of heroism, hope, and ultimate happiness.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesco Camagna | 1/29/2014

    " Molto divertente la storia del signor Polly... Gli succede di tutto, e che mal di pancia, anzi, di digestione... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jefrey das | 1/13/2014

    " one of the nice soft humors i read in ages as this age doesn't know those sensibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/17/2013

    " Really charming, almost Dickensian novel about a disgruntled shopkeeper who figures out how to change his life. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 12/16/2013

    " The tale Alfred Polly, his life, unhappy marriage, fantasies, crime, and eventual escape... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yoon-ho | 11/30/2013

    " One way to describe this novel: a 19th-century depiction of a mid-life crisis. Can't say I enjoyed the novel very much. The first half was extremely slow and utterly unmemorable. The second half moved at a much quicker pace. The ending was nostalgic, but overall, not an exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/21/2013

    " This is a great book. H.G. Wells shows he can write more than science fiction. I particularly liked one scene where there was a chase around a house that I think was a tribute to Mark Twain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Harmon | 10/15/2013

    " I love this book, ive read it twice, and that doesn't happen often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 5/2/2013

    " Full of the most wonderful made up language, something I read HG Wells liked to do himself and something I am a big fan of. Mr Polly is a fabulous character you just can't help but like, a good yarn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 1/8/2013

    " Finished this book on the train this morning it was truly fab. Not life changing or profound but a real entertaining read. I don't think i've enjoyed a book this much for about 18 months. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Swanwick | 11/16/2012

    " maybe 3.7 so i will round up to the nearest whole number "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah Soudrette | 11/12/2012

    " A superb comedy by Wells, who is most famous for his science fiction. This tells the story of an everyman who realizes, after much trial and error, that the path most of us feel obligated to take in life, is not for everyone, and that often our biggest obstacle is our own expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Turner | 9/29/2012

    " Quite simply a beautiful little tale about a man who completely changes his life. One of Wells best works, quaint, funny, enthralling and exciting all at once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 9/20/2012

    " One of HG Well's finest - brilliant lead character and full of Well's increadible descriptions that with few words form such strong mental pictures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bartimaeus Clay | 7/31/2012

    " this book is one of the finest books that you'll read from a master like H.G.Wells.filled with insights,this book is worth a read by everyone.though the four star is due to the fact that at some point,i felt the book to be boring. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Paul Shelley trained at RADA and has mainly worked in the theater as a classical actor. He has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in several West End productions. His work for television includes Secret Army, Special Branch, Blake’s 7, A Tale of Two Cities, Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, and Crossroads.