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The Razor's Edge Audiobook

The Razor's Edge

The Great War changed everything and the years following it were tumultuous - most of all for those who lived the war first-hand. Maugham himself is a character in this novel of self-discovery and search for meaning, but the protagonist is a character named Larry. Battered physically and spiritually by the war, Larry's physical wounds heal, but his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition.
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The Great War changed everything and the years following it were tumultuous - most of all for those who lived the war first-hand. Maugham himself is a character in this novel of self-discovery and search for meaning, but the protagonist is a character named Larry. Battered physically and spiritually by the war, Larry's physical wounds heal, but his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition.

He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel. He studies philosophy and religion in Paris. He lives as a monk. He witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life. All of life that he can find - from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine - becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring '20s.

Maugham's theme is the contrast of spiritual content between Larry and the growing materialism and sophistication of those he left behind - and the surprising irony of where both of those paths lead.

©2003 W. Somerset Maugham; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    shane 04-26-15
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    "Beautiful concept of what is really important."

    This book was well ahead of it's time, as the West had not embraced Eastern thinking by this point. The author did a great job of inserting himself into the narrative just enough to add credence to the storyline. Larry is a beautiful, naive , simple, yet complex being. I love the book.

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    Philip Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-22-14
    Philip Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Razor's Edge to be better than the print version?

    The audio performance is excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Razor's Edge to and why?

    War and Peace in that it effortlessly transports the listener to a France of society and class.


    If you could rename The Razor's Edge, what would you call it?

    A Journey to Success


    Any additional comments?

    The character accents as exceptionally well done.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-27-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Story"

    This was a decent audibook, kept me interested, watching the 1944 film now, the film is a bit too compressed. I bought this on on the $4.95 sale but I would pay full price after reading it. The book is concerned with meaning of life themes, like the "Circle of Iron Film" written by Bruce Lee before his death, also like many Herman Hess novels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-13-12
    Robert 01-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Charming, and Real"

    It was a great story. Each character had something in which I could relate to. The reader was excellent. This book persuaded me to downloaded a couple other books by W. Somerset Maugham. Ill keep listening.

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    terry 06-19-15
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    "Awakening to the real presence of God within"

    These many parallel stories of each persons pursuit of happiness balances, without judgment, the mean seeking with the higher calling of God on the hearts of all men.
    It opens, for those with ears to hear, that larger possibility.

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    Roger 12-08-14
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    "Not a "Timeless" Classic"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found the book to be a bit of a bore and the perspective that the author took to describe the main charactor was not ideal. The spiritual journey is a personal one and the view should be from an internal perspective. That would have been far more insightful and enjoyable than this spectators view.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I could totally relate to Larry and his spiritual quest, but as I said above, it would have been a better book told through "his" perspective instead of the author's.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought that Michael Page did an outstanding job on this performance.


    Did The Razor's Edge inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was probably more interesting when it was first published. Now we are all so familier with the religions of the East, namely Hinduism and Buddhism, the book is quite dated. There are a few good lines and it is quality writing, but were it published today, I doubt it would be nearly as popular.

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    Kirsten Tahuya, WA, United States 03-18-14
    Kirsten Tahuya, WA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story and great narrator"
    Where does The Razor's Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What other book might you compare The Razor's Edge to and why?

    none


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    His voice and expression captured the characters and the tone of the story very well. Enjoyable to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I did listen to it frequently and wanted to return as soon as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    A truly unique story - fills in from the Bill Murray movie.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deese 07-19-12
    Deese 07-19-12
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    "Beautiful story - Beautifully read"
    If you could sum up The Razor's Edge in three words, what would they be?

    Profoundly inspirational story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Razor's Edge?

    Elliot's exit


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Elliot Templeton


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enlightenment


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books. I read it annually. Having it read to me was a joy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 01-06-14
    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    It was a mistake to have a British narrator speak the american character's dialogue without attempting an accent...The author also did not capture my attention with the plot or charaters at all.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Fan Diego Ceiling Fans - Your Comfort. Your Style. 12-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Couldn't finish this book...."

    I felt compelled to write a review because I wanted to counter the one above - to offer a different perspective. I appreciate that this book was moving to some; however, I found this book to be boring and the narrator annoying. I didn't finish it.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful

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