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  • The Razor's Edge | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Razor's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    The Great War changed everything and everyone, and Larry Darrell is no exception. Though his physical wounds from the war heal, his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition. He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel; studies philosophy and religion in Paris; lives as a monk, and 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.

    Winnie says: "Brilliant and easy to read"
  • The Painted Veil | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Painted Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

    Cathy says: "What An Unexpected Delight!"
  • The Gentleman in the Parlour | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Gentleman in the Parlour

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Somerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with a unique urbane, wry style. The Gentleman in the Parlour is an account of the author's trip through what was then Burma and Siam, ending in Haiphong, Vietnam. Whether by river to Mandalay, on horse through the mountains and forests of the Shan States to Bangkok, or onwards by sea, Maugham's vivid descriptions bring a lost world to life.

  • Of Human Bondage | W. Somerset Maugham

    Of Human Bondage

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Philip Carey, a sensitive orphan born with a clubfoot, finds himself in desperate need of passion and inspiration. He abandons his studies to travel, first to Heidelberg and then to Paris, where he nurses ambitions of becoming a great artist. Philip's youthful idealism erodes, however, as he comes face-to-face with his own mediocrity and lack of impact on the world. After returning to London to study medicine, he becomes wildly infatuated with Mildred, a vulgar, tawdry waitress, and begins a doomed love affair.

    Rbjurnee says: "You won't want it to end!"
  • Of Human Bondage | W. Somerset Maugham

    Of Human Bondage

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham's greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him. In some of the finest prose of the 20th century, Maugham has presented us with the timeless story of one man's search for the meaning of life.

    Locopelli says: "One of the greats"
  • Cakes and Ale | W. Somerset Maugham

    Cakes and Ale

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    When Cakes and Ale was first published in 1930 it roused a storm of controversy, since many people imagined they recognised portraits of literary figures now no more. It is the novel for which Maugham wished to be remembered.

    edteach3r says: "A classic worth reading"
  • The Complete Short Stories, Volume One | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Complete Short Stories, Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "A masterful production of Maugham's short stories."
  • The Painted Veil | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Painted Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Sophie Ward
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    This is the story of Kitty Fane, the adulterous wife of a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. When her husband discovers her deception, he exacts a terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic in China.

    AudioAddict says: "A novel about personal growth"
  • Complete Short Stories, Volume Two | W. Somerset Maugham

    Complete Short Stories, Volume Two

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    In June 1917, W. S. Maugham was asked by the British Secret Intelligence Service, to undertake a special mission in Russia to support Kerensky's government. The mission failed, and two and a half months later, the Bolsheviks took control. Maugham subsequently said that if he had been able to get there six months earlier, he might have succeeded. Quiet and observant, Maugham had a good temperament for intelligence work. The writer used his spying experiences as the basis for his collection of short stories called Ashenden: Or the British Agent. They became the prototype for the modern espionage novel.

    William E. Hendry says: "Entirely great"
  • The Moon and Sixpence | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon and Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    This is the story of an artist who was willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of art. In much of its general outline, this famous novel follows the life of Paul Gauguin, famous French post-impressionist painter, but it is not a novelized biography of Gauguin. Rather it is a sharply-delineated, carefully wrought "private life", written by one of the most vivid and penetrating contemporary literary masters.

    reggie p says: "great, simply great"
  • Theatre | W. Somerset Maugham

    Theatre

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
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    Julia Lambert is in her prime, the greatest actress in England. Off stage, however, she is bored by her handsome husband, coquettish, and undisciplined. She is at first flattered and amused by the attentions of a shy and eager young fan, but before long Julia is amazed to find herself falling wildly, dangerously, in love.

  • The Moon and Sixpence | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon and Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    In The Moon and Sixpence, Charles Strickland is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland's destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific. The Moon and Sixpence remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability.

    Everett Leiter says: "Enjoyable novel, well narrated"
  • The Constant Wife | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Constant Wife

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Rosalind Ayres, Mark Capri, and others
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    There’s something Constance Middleton’s friends are dying to tell her: her husband is having an affair – with her best friend! Despite their hints, Constance remains ever cool, and seemingly oblivious. Or is she? In this biting comedy of manners, marriages and mistresses, Constance – a not-so-desperate housewife - has some ideas of her own about extra-marital activity that surprise everyone in the end!

    Gwynne O'Reagan says: "Fun and frothy, but with a bit of a bite!"
  • Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 | W. Somerset Maugham

    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    In 1938 Maugham wrote, "Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can hardly distinguish one from the other." Maugham also wrote that most of his short stories were inspired by accounts he heard firsthand during his travels to the lonely outposts of the British Empire. In volume three of this series, we present all of the remaining short stories which Maugham published after World War I and which he subsequently caused to be republished in various collections.

    Die Falknerin says: "What a treat!"
  • The Moon And Sixpence | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon And Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. While his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his decision leads to an obsession which carries severe implications.

    W Perry Hall says: "Roman a clef-abominable french artist Paul Gauguin"
  • The Razor's Edge | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Razor's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters: his fiancée Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions; and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.

  • Rain and Other Stories | W. Somerset Maugham

    Rain and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    W. Somerset Maugham is one of the best-loved short story writers of the last 100 years. In this collection of his finest short work Maugham takes the listener to the sun-drenched Pacific islands where the Governor mercilessly abuses the inhabitants; to the story "Rain", in which the Reverend and the prostitute play out one of the most famous finales ever written; to the studies of chauvinistic Colonels, and snide conversations in Edwardian drawing rooms, as well as at the gates of heaven. As an introduction to one of the greatest writers in the English language Stephen Crossley's reading is the perfect place to start.

    W Perry Hall says: "Rain Down on Me"
  • La Luna y Seis Peniques [The Moon and Sixpence] | W. Somerset Maugham

    La Luna y Seis Peniques [The Moon and Sixpence]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Carlos Zambrano
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    El gran novelista ingles Sumerset Maugham se aparto de sus acostumbradas obras de exploracion psicologica en La Luna y Seis Peniques, donde en la historia del financista Strickland que abandona a su familia para dedicarse a la pintura en Haiti, hizo una biografia novelada de Paul Gauguin, el amigo de Van Gogh y uno de los grandes precursores del arte moderno.

  • The Summing Up | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Summing Up

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    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, and the desperate, passed beneath the lens of his dispassionate scrutiny. Transformed into some of the most unforgettable literary works of the 20th century, his experiences re-emerged in his plays, fiction, and essays.

    Eric Chevlen says: "Portrait of the artist as an old man"
  • The Gentleman in the Parlour: A Record of a Journey from Rangoon to Haiphong | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Gentleman in the Parlour: A Record of a Journey from Rangoon to Haiphong

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Somerset Maugham set out on an extraordinary trip in September of 1922. He would remain abroad for nine months and end up traveling by canoe, riverboat, rickshaw and mule from Rangoon to Mandalay in Upper Burma, down through Thailand to Bangkok, then to Phnom Penh and across the jungle by river to Angkor Wat. From there he went down river to Saigon, then by ship to Hue and Haiphong. He ends the audiobook with an anecdotal story of his fellow passengers while on shipboard to Haiphong.

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