The Man Who Loved Children

  • by Christina Stead
  • Narrated by Fiona Press
  • 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Henrietta, privileged and sheltered, expected a smoothly comfortable society life in Washington when she married Sam Pollitt, a handsome self-made biologist. Ten years later, Henny is a skinny, screaming drudge with five children, a raging wreck of a woman driven by "hate, horror, passion or contempt". But Sam, whose impractical idealism has brought his family to near-ruin, is unchanged: still at sea in all adult affairs, an absurd hypocritical buffoon but a genius with children, except Louie, his eldest daughter, an ugly, brilliant adolescent who is forced to take a drastic final step to save herself and the children from lasting tragedy.


What the Critics Say

" The Man Who Loved Children is one of the most truthful and terrifying horror stories ever written about family life." ( Times)


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Customer Reviews

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It may be a good book but I couldn't listen to it

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Two things killed this for me. I found two of the three main characters unlikeable. And I found the dialogue, which comprises 90% of the text, irritating. It is not badly written. It may even justify the praise given by other reviewers. I just didn't enjoy the endless trivial infant-talk and silly rhymes. After about a quarter of the book I couldn't bear it any longer and stopped listening.

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- hfffoman


The reading was clear, but sometimes it was hard to work out who was speaking, too little differentiation.

It was an interesting book, but I believe that the tale could have been told in half of the time.

I didn't actually like, any of the characters.

Probably this book was before it's time.
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- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd