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Publisher's Summary

One of the most widely read novels of the 20th 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 20th 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Rbjurnee on 04-18-11

You won't want it to end!

Simple in writing but it draws you in and makes you relate and remember experiences, feelings and situations in yourself and friends that are similar to the best and worst characters in the story. It wraps up a little quicker then I expected after such a long audio but it's probably the best book I've heard to date and has had me thinking and rethinking situations, events in my own life. It was a fantastic listen!

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Brian Abel Ragen on 04-04-15

Good Story of a Wounded Man

This is an excellent Bildungsroman, if you don't mind a central figure who is more buffeted by the ideas and actions of others that the active agent in his own life.

The reading is good, except for the voice adopted for the Mildred character. That was like something out of a much more comic performance.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-21-11

Disappointing narration

I had looked forward to listening to this but found the narration so inappropriate that I had to give up after 6 hours. The book itself is, presumably, a subtle portrayal of the childhood and youth of an often unlikeable character. Since the story is unremittingly centered around this one character I imagine that it is quite a demanding read and requires some careful interpretation. Here it is read as though it is a "Billy Bunter" story; with an over-dramatised, whining, upper-class accent imposed on the main character and caricatured female 'voices' imposed on all the women characters. This makes it a ridiculous and pointless story. I am sorry to be critical of an actor but feel strongly that "buyers should be aware".

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12 of 15 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Arrshie on 03-27-17

Fantastic

Fabulous Narration. Some of the moments that struck a chord, was the eternal question, the purpose of it all...of life... brilliant.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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