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3.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samuel Butler Narrator: Tom Conway Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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The Way of All Flesh is a semi-autobiographical novel by Samuel Butler that attacks Victorian-era hypocrisy. Written between 1873 and 1884, it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. It represents a relaxation from the religious outlook from a Calvinistic approach, which is presented as harsh. Butler dared not publish it during his lifetime, but when it was published, it was accepted as part of the general revulsion against Victorianism.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lucke1984 | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and did not expect to. Read during a brief frenzy to chip away at the mass of owned but unread books ( not to mention those on the modern library's top 100) I found this book oddly affecting. Writing this two years later I don't remember how I felt at the time but thinking back, I feel sad for the brutality with which parents can treat their children, and the extent to which that forms a youth into a mirror or opposite of the abuser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 2/12/2014

    " A great book about a young man's journey into adulthood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/24/2014

    " Reading this for a small, informal study group has added to the pleasure. Clearly, the Victorian era was more complex than the surface patterns would lead the casual observer to believe... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jce | 1/21/2014

    " A little dated for my liking but humorous, touching, and relevant in its themes of growing up and finding your way in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 1/16/2014

    " An important lesson in growing up. Be pure, be vigilant, behave. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 1/15/2014

    " Wont lie, this was a really hard read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/15/2014

    " A story of mid 19th century aristocracy. A man born to wealth manages to squander a fortune before inheriting another. The story of his ups and downs and the values he discovers in himself because of them. "

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

    " I got this book at a library sale. I read it a long time ago, so the most I remember about it is that it was funny. It is only funny though if you find old, dry, English humor, funny. I should read this one again. I just need to make sure I have plenty of benadryl handy, for it is a musty book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/3/2014

    " A very sad and tragic tale of religious domination and the parenting skills that screwed up these children and so many other people.....mgc "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Little | 12/22/2013

    " I have a check mark and a frowny face next to the title of this book on my paper reading list, which means I read it and I didn't like it. I'm guessing that I didn't finish it, because I don't remember a single thing about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Lundy | 12/12/2013

    " Here it is almost 3 years since I read this book and I remember very little about it, although I think at the time I was surprised how funny it was, in a tongue-in-cheek way. I read it in my phase of revisiting the classics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/12/2013

    " Some books are not meant to be audiobooks and this is one of them. May go back an read print version but did not finish audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseanne Winn | 12/5/2013

    " Another English classic that I still enjoy re-reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anneliese | 11/24/2013

    " tongue-in-cheek, the author has a wonderful way with language - helps to know something about the historical context to fully appreciate his stabs at society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 11/2/2013

    " Difficult reading in the beginning... but becomes more enjoyable as you go along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Lerette | 10/23/2013

    " Slow start but ended up being a very good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Hogan | 10/13/2013

    " On the list of the 100 best novels in the English Language. I tried, but I just couldnt get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 5/30/2013

    " The only one who could ever reach me was the son of a preacher man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 10/19/2012

    " The Pontifex family embodies the good and bad of Victorian principles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Harmon | 4/25/2012

    " There were so many points when I was reading this book that I had to remind myself of how long ago it was written. Definitely ahead of it's time, and a great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/24/2012

    " A very psychological book for its time. A classic son versus father tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gena | 12/18/2011

    " I wanted to like this book more--and couldn't. Ok, it was a commentary on victorian social mores and particularly hypocrisy... but it was also not that far from boring. I will reiterate another veiwers comment--not a book that stands the test of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristyn | 5/23/2011

    " I got this book at a library sale. I read it a long time ago, so the most I remember about it is that it was funny. It is only funny though if you find old, dry, English humor, funny. I should read this one again. I just need to make sure I have plenty of benadryl handy, for it is a musty book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseanne | 3/17/2011

    " Another English classic that I still enjoy re-reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/22/2011

    " A very psychological book for its time. A classic son versus father tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/10/2011

    " probably my favorite from the list so far. i love the narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/4/2010

    " Having been raised in a very strict Southern Baptist household I naturally hate religion and thus have a warm kinship with this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorina | 10/2/2010

    " My second pass of this much-acclaimed early 20th century novel, and now I remember why I didn't remember -- verbose, pompous writing, author-intrusive and a window into Butler's navel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/13/2010

    " There were so many points when I was reading this book that I had to remind myself of how long ago it was written. Definitely ahead of it's time, and a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 8/3/2010

    " Lovely. A bit slow at times, but atill a very enjoyable view of a man's learning process through various circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Gray | 5/13/2010

    " A very sad and tragic tale of religious domination and the parenting skills that screwed up these children and so many other people.....mgc "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/9/2010

    " Reading this for a small, informal study group has added to the pleasure. Clearly, the Victorian era was more complex than the surface patterns would lead the casual observer to believe... "

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About the Author
Author Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler (1835–1902) was born at Langar rectory, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, and was educated at Shrewsbury and St. John’s College, Cambridge. Forever quarreling with his clergyman father, he gave up the idea of taking orders and became instead a sheep farmer in New Zealand. He returned to Britain in 1864 and thereafter lived in London until his death. For a time he studied painting, and his painting of Mr. Heatherley’s Holiday is in the Tate Gallery. He loved music, especially Handel’s, and composed two oratorios, gavottes, minuets, fugues, and a cantata. In his later years he turned to Shakespearean scholarship and published translations of Iliad and Odyssey. He is best known, however, for his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously in 1903.

About the Narrator

Tom Conway (1904–1967) was a British actor best known for playing private detectives and psychiatrists—and for being George Sanders’ brother. He has many film, television, and radio credits to his name, including The Falcon’s Brother and Mark Saber.