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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Stead Narrator: C. M. Héber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for one another. As Sam uses the children’s adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of the relations between parents and children, husbands and wives, The Man Who Loved Children is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This crazy, gorgeous family novel is one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth-century.”

    Jonathan Franzen

  • “Told in a gush of extravagant language such as is not heard in the age of television…[Hébert gives] every word its proper attention and [shows] great sensitivity to the emotional content (usually high) of every line of dialogue.”


  • “Simply as a portrait of an extraordinary family, the book probably has no equal. And what a family!…Although the larger-than-life domestic scenes may not always be pleasant to read, they are nevertheless unforgettable. Listening to them might actually be better than reading them…with [audio], the splendid writing can be fully appreciated. C.M. Hébert reads the challenging text with skill and understanding.”

    Library Journal

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Christine | 2/4/2014

    " Hated this book. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 1/27/2014

    " For my money, this is one of the best Australian novels. It fuses psychological drama with a modernist preoccupation with language so to produce something beyond both realism and literary parlor games. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jo Marengere | 1/5/2014

    " I am loving this book. Finished it today and it was amazing. I am not sure that everyone would like it - it's different. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amber Kim | 1/3/2014

    " very truthful, very exhausting. took forever to finish because it takes a while to get into this world stead has created, complete with its own language. characterization is vividly done; the pollits are disgusting, thoroughly unlikable creatures that will not be forgotten easily, if ever. i loathed sam pollit so much that i was tempted to quit the book but the book has a way of sucking you in with descriptions of a childhood that is so unlike mine yet seems simultaneously very much like my own. nonetheless the writing needs some heavy editing. 3.5 stars. "

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