Of Human Bondage


Read by Tom Weiss

(4.5 stars; 94 reviews)

Of Human Bondage, published in 1915, is considered to be W. Somerset Maugham’s best work. Many believe the novel to be one of the world’s literary masterpieces. The story follows Phillip Carey from early childhood through his 30’s. Orphaned at 9, Phillip spends his early years raised by his childless aunt and uncle. His aunt tries to be a mother to Philip, but she is unsure how to behave whereas his uncle, a vicar, takes a cold disposition towards him. Philip is sent to a boarding school but his shyness and his club foot make it difficult for him to fit in. The novel follows this theme throughout as Phillip travels to Germany, France, and England, makes new acquaintances, searches for his life’s calling, and experiences romantic episodes. Mildred in particular, will leave you wondering about Phillip's obsession and passion for such a woman. More than a few of us have had “our Mildred”. The characters in Of Human Bondage are real-life with faults, qualities, and feelings that Maugham describes so vividly. It would not be unusual that we have encountered individuals with traits similar to the characters in this book. At times the emotions in this novel, so simply but purely written, will leave you either sad or happy and even perhaps, teary-eyed as the enthusiasm of youth is met with reality as Phillip tries to discover the meaning of HIS life through the dreams of others. (Summary by the Tom Weiss) (25 hr 45 min)

Chapters

Chapters 1 through 6 48:02 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 7 through 12 53:45 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 13 through 16 47:39 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 17 through 20 41:28 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 21 through 23 42:04 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 24 through 28 50:55 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 29 through 32 44:07 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 33 through 35 50:38 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 36 through 39 47:55 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 40 through 42 45:54 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 43 through 45 52:04 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 46 through 48 51:18 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 49 through 52 59:14 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 53 through 56 46:16 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 57 through 60 47:55 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 61 through 65 52:00 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 66 through 69 55:14 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 70 through 73 56:34 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 74 through 77 50:44 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 78 through 80 41:59 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 81 through 84 52:57 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 85 through 87 41:33 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 88 through 91 49:51 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 92 through 94 45:09 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 95 through 97 44:39 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 98 through 101 47:51 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 102 thtough 104 28:35 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 105 thtough 107 45:04 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 108 through 110 45:46 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 111 through 113 43:00 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 114 through 117 52:05 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 118 through 120 38:30 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapters 121 through 122 24:48 Read by Tom Weiss

Reviews

Inspite of reader...


(5 stars)

In spite of the reader, I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Author delves deeply into people places and things. It would have been so much more enjoyable if the reader would have understood what he was saying instead of just pronouncing places and other words in the matter which he thought they were supposed to be pronounced. A little research perhaps next time.

Classic book


(2.5 stars)

One of the great books about the search for happiness (and half a million other philosophies, mindsets, relationship power struggles, metaphysics, etc). A little stiffly read, can't pronounce "taciturn" correctly and thinks maugham's last name is pronounced "mauN". it's not. section 10 and 11 downloads as the wrong chapters. despite all this, still enjoyable.


(5 stars)

Fantastic subtle and tender story written with immense feeling and authenticity. Could not recommend more highly. Reader was on the whole excellent, although at times I found the American accent odd, particularly given the English author and setting. Various pronunciations are bizarre but this did not detract.

A nice work


(4 stars)

The book is a bit slow by modern standards, but well-told and interesting by what it reveals of the time. The reader is good, if a somewhat flat, and his pronunciation of some words is awkward - not to mention his French.

great book but poor reader


(3 stars)

whilst I am grateful to the reader for taking the time to deliver up this thought provoking story, his limited vocabulary, indicated by the numerous mis-pronunciations suggest he may be better concentrating on less literary works by American authors.

Delightful


(5 stars)

Excellent reader. I read this a few years ago and enjoyed the reacquaintance. Somerset Maugham rarely disappoints and a good reader makes his work truly come alive. Well done.

a great book, read well


(5 stars)

The book itself is very enjoyable and engaging and I like the way it is read (and I'm picky)

A life


(5 stars)

Packed with emotions, curiosities and an adventure for the meaning of life. Tom Weiss did a great job. Thank you!