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The Complete Short Stories, Volume One | [W. Somerset Maugham]

The Complete Short Stories, Volume One

There have been few masters of the short story as popular as W. S. Maugham. His dry wit, worldweary loftiness, pungent cynicism, and penetrating powers of observation have contributed to the creation of some of the greatest short stories ever written.
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There have been few masters of the short story as popular as W. S. Maugham. His dry wit, worldweary loftiness, pungent cynicism, and penetrating powers of observation have contributed to the creation of some of the greatest short stories ever written.

Over a long period, Maugham continued to write stories that were highly interesting and controversial. With a creative verve for plot development and a jaded eye for the foibles of mankind, Maugham's stories crackle with the irrepressible energy of a master story teller.

All of Maugham's short stories in this and subsequent volumes will be presented in the order in which they were published, beginning in 1921.The stories in Volume One are:

  • 1. Rain
  • 2. The Fall of Edward Barnard
  • 3. Mackintosh
  • 4. Red
  • 5. Honolulu
  • 6. The Pool
  • 7. The Letter
  • 8. Before the Party
  • 9. The Force of Circumstance
  • 10. The Outstation
  • 11. The Yellow Streak
  • 12. P. & O.
  • 13. Jane
  • 14. The Round Dozen
  • 15. The Creative Impulse

The Complete Short Stories, Volume One will continue in volumes two and three.

All stories not in public domain are the property of and published by agreement with the W. Somerset Maugham Royalty Trust.

Public Domain (P)2013 Audio Connoisseur

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    J. J. Kuzma Gresham, OR USA 09-07-13
    J. J. Kuzma Gresham, OR USA 09-07-13 Member Since 2007

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    "A masterful production of Maugham's short stories."

    Charlton Griffin narrates these short stories by W. Somerset Maugham with a keen sense for each character's delivery. Griffin's love of this author shines through his Audio Connoisseur recording.

    To listen to these works is to be transported to the Pacific Islands and various ports in Asia. Maugham spent much of his life in this part of the world. He found the mixture of cultures there in the early 20th Century to be fascinating, absurd, tragic and mysterious. One can never predict how the typical Westerner will react to the pressures of such strange, tropical surroundings. Maugham made much of this, but never went for the simple surprise ending in his short stories. Many of these works are quite disturbing in their portrayal of the moral weakness of Westerners when immersed in the seeming anonymity of the Tropics.

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    Jill Jenkins 07-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "slow classic"
    What disappointed you about The Complete Short Stories, Volume One?

    I know it is a classic, but it was extremely slow and then the 2 stories I listened to were too sexual for my taste.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    tiredness


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Dedham, Morocco 06-24-14
    Elaine Dedham, Morocco 06-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Buyer beware: added sound"
    If you could sum up The Complete Short Stories, Volume One in three words, what would they be?

    The content is good, but the music and sound effects are vulgar and awful


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    The sound effects and music are vulgar and awful

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    Carla Sacramento, CA, United States 03-10-14
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    "King of the short story, narrator can't do women"

    Somerset Maugham is by far my favorite story teller. His stories are masterpieces of constuction--it's no wonder so many were successfully made and remade as plays and movies. He traveled the world at the height of the British Empire, when it was still mysterious and each country had a distinct atmosphere not yet overrun with tourists and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises. His longer books tend to get bogged down in philosophy but the short stories I can read again and again.
    My only complaint is the narrator. He was fine with male voices but when he is speaking for women he sounds like a schoolyard bully mimicking the new girl -- the same exagerated nasally whine for all the women characters, from glamourous femme fatales to cackling old crones. But if you can tune that out I recommend it highly.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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