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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"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Brian Abel Ragen says: "Good Story of a Wounded Man"
  • 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"
  • 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 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."
  • 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 Narrow Corner | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Narrow Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    On his way home from a remote Pacific island, Dr Saunders travels with two strangers: the treacherous Captain Nichols, and Fred, a handsome Australian with a shadowy past. Driven to shelter from a storm on the island of Banda, the trio meets good-natured Erik Christessen and his fiancée, the cool and beautiful Louise. A tense, exotic tale of love, jealousy, murder and suicide, which evolved from a passage in Maugham's earlier masterpiece, The Moon and Sixpence.

  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 2 | W. Somerset Maugham

    Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Winner of the 2003 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    Simon Bowler says: "Acute observations of man"
  • 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.

    Kevin says: "A Joyous Realm"
  • On a Chinese Screen | W. Somerset Maugham

    On a Chinese Screen

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    In the winter of 1919 Somerset Maugham, at the age of 45, undertook an arduous journey up the Yangtze River in China. Ever the astute observer of people and places, he wrote down his experiences and collected them into 58 exquisite vignettes which were subsequently published a few years later. No one is spared his searching intelligence, especially the company managers, salesmen, missionaries, bureaucrats, military officials and adventurers he encounters.

  • Ashenden | W. Somerset Maugham

    Ashenden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. Multilingual, knowledgeable about many European countries, and a celebrated writer, Maugham had the perfect cover, and the assignment appealed to his love of romance, and of the ridiculous. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity.

    tom says: "a jolly gay time at the spying business"
  • 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 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 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"
  • The Moon and Sixpence | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon and Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    The Moon and Sixpence is a fictionalized biography of the artist Paul Gauguin. Charles Strickland, a thinly veiled Gauguin, deserts his wife and children to become a painter. In Paris, he is indifferent to the friendship offered by a fellow artist, Dirk Stroeve, but it is Stroeve and his wife Blanche who take Strickland in when he falls ill. It is only a matter of time before Strickland again devastates those around him by running away with Blanche.

  • 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 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.

  • Escape: High Adventure | W. Somerset Maugham,Stephen Vincent Benet,John Collier,Alexander Woollcott,Morton Fine,David Friedkin,E. Jack Neuman

    Escape: High Adventure

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Collier, and others
    • Narrated By William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, and others
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    "Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of… romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!" Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic tales from one of radio's greatest action and adventure series. This collection will bring you tales of black pearls, headhunters, volcanoes, Nazi convoys and cargos of gold in exotic settings and locales - from South of the Border to Dutch East India, Paris, North Africa and points unknown!

    Richard E Heilman says: "If you like......."
  • 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"
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