The History of Mr Polly

  • by H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by Paul Shelley
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Character-led novel of escaping a hopeless life

Not at all what I was expecting, but I'm glad I chose this audiobook nonetheless. It's a fairly gentle tale of one man's experience of letting life pass him by, how he finally attempts to change his circumstances, and the aftermath of this attempt. Wells is a classic author for good reason and his characterisations are very real throughout. I found this book particularly relevant for my life right now, albeit not quite so drastically, and this added to my enjoyment of the novel.
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- Stephanie Jane

Charming tale.

Beautifully crafted story, gently amusing and professionally read. Well drawn characters and a charming tale.
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- Howard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios