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Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1 | [W. Somerset Maugham]

Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.
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Publisher's Summary

William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was born at the height of British Imperial power. When he died, the British Empire was all but a memory. In Maugham's lifetime, as his civilization slowly disappeared, people from all walks of life - the proud, the urbane, the crude, the desperate - passed beneath the lens of his dispassionate scrutiny. They re-emerged in his short stories as some of the most unforgettable literary characters of the 20th century. No other writer possessed his keen ability of observation. It was an ability so well honed that his work makes you feel as if you have been drawn into an intimate conversation with the century's most arresting and sophisticated personality.

Included in this collection are:

  • The Outstation
  • Appearance and Reality
  • The Three Fat Women of Antibes
  • Mr. Know-All
  • French Joe
  • Masterson

    Listen to more collections of The Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham.

    ©2001 Audio Connoisseur

  • What the Critics Say

    • Winner, 2001 Audie Award, Classic Fiction

    "A happy marriage of prose, performance, and production. (AudioFile)

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      Knight Oakland, CA, United States 06-19-05
      Knight Oakland, CA, United States 06-19-05 Member Since 2004
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      "A Perfect Marriage"

      As another reviewer said, these stories are gems, pearls; rich, sweet delights, to be savored, and listened to over and over. Writing short stories well requires different skills than novels, and Maugham has them all. It is his skill as a writer of short stories that makes the context, however politically incorrect it might seem today, unimportant to the enjoyment of the stories,

      Combined with the melifluous and perfectly appropriate world-weary voice of the narrator, this production is as good as audio literature gets. I can't wait to read the later volumes.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      Rahel Cambridge, MA, USA 05-10-04
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      "Delicious stories, well read."

      Maugham has practically writen for Audible! A real storyteller, best of its kind.

      2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      David Old Washington, OH, United States 03-20-07
      David Old Washington, OH, United States 03-20-07 Member Since 2005
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      "Great reading, horrible production."

      This is a great reading, but ruined by crazy sound effects and stupid music.

      The music would be bad enough, but this producer put bird noises, and other insane sound effects into the mix.

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      Gregory Corona, CA, USA 12-19-05
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      "Still Relevant"

      Wonderful introduction to William Somerset Maugham. The stories are delightful, entertaining, and relevant to todays listener.

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      Erik Iowa City, IA, USA 08-08-05
      Erik Iowa City, IA, USA 08-08-05
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      "Great book and great narrator"

      Charlton Griffin is one of the greater narrators you will find on audible. His vocal range is amazing, and he is pleasant to listen to.

      It helps that he has great stories to read to the listener. Contemporary writers do not have the wit, skill, patience, and talent of Maugham. Think of Chekhov with an English sensibility. I also enjoy the colonial settings of most of his stories. Not to be missed if you dislike genre fiction as much as I do and enjoy actual literature.

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      Dana USA 07-11-05
      Dana USA 07-11-05
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      "Interesting"

      I enjoyed the stories from The Outstation to Appearance and Reality to French Joe and Masterson. William Somerset Maugham's stories are interesting if you like history, and want to see what life was like way back when. What I didn't like was the racism and imperialism, but that is unfortunately part of the time.

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      M Burlingame, CA, United States 06-25-11
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      "Excellent stories, excellently read, but ???"

      Having read ???Of Human Bondage??? and ???Cakes and Ale,??? I already knew that I like Maugham???s writing and storytelling. I also enjoyed the Charlton Griffin productions of the Sherlock Holmes oeuvre. Unlike two of the other reviewers, I like the music and sound effects, all apparently chosen by Griffin himself. He both reads and produces these recordings. However, I am surprised and dismayed by the mispronunciations. Come on Charlton. You are a great reader, but if you take the time to choose and add music and sound effects, you should also take the time to learn how to pronounce ???antipodes.???

      1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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