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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.

    David Gravely says: "Good ol Larry."
  • 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!"
  • 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.

    Rbjurnee says: "You won't want it to end!"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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."
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • Liza of Lambeth | W. Somerset Maugham

    Liza of Lambeth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    William Somerset Maugham's remarkable first novel was such an instant success that the 23-year-old medical student left school to become a full-time author. Liza, a vibrant but poverty-stricken London girl, is the most graceful and daring dancer that anyone has ever seen, wildly moving to the music of the Italian organ player on Old Kent Road. But her bright light begins to dim as the tragic effects of illness and poverty overtake her body, if not her spirit.

  • Maquiavelo y la Mandragora: Entonces y Ahora [Machiavelli and the Mandrake: Then and Now] | W. Somerset Maugham

    Maquiavelo y la Mandragora: Entonces y Ahora [Machiavelli and the Mandrake: Then and Now]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Santiago Munevar
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    El gran novelista ingles Somerset Maugham uso como base para su picaresca novela Entonces y ahora, una popular obra de teatro de Maquiavelo, el mismo filosofo de "El príncipe", llamada "La mandragora" y quien creo dentro de las tradiciones de la Comedia del Arte una ironica farsa, en la que los viejos acaban derrotados por el amor joven.

  • 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"
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 (Based on the Life of Paul Gauguin) | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon and Sixpence (Based on the Life of Paul Gauguin)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Stanley Green
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    "The Moon and Sixpence" is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, first published in 1919. It is told in episodic form by a first-person narrator, in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. The story is based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. A stunning classic by a master.

  • Far Eastern Tales | W. Somerset Maugham

    Far Eastern Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
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    Far eastern Tales is a collection of Maugham's short stories, all born of his experiences in Malaysia, Singapore, and other outposts of the former British Empire. The stories included on this recording are Footprints in the Jungle, Mabel, P & O, The Door of Oportunity, The Buried Talent, Before the Party, Mr. Know-all, Neil MacAdam, The End of the Flight and The Force of Circumstance.

    Melanie says: "A brillian listen"
  • 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 Magician | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Renowned English surgeon Arthur Burdon is engaged to the beautiful Margaret Dauncey, who is studying art in Paris. The match is met with approval from all sides, and everyone is happy - until the mysterious Oliver Haddo enters the picture. Both Arthur and his fiancée dislike the enormously fat and eccentric Oliver but are fascinated by his stories of black magic, by his demonstrations of a power that seems inhuman. And while they scoff at his boasts, their dislike turns to loathing.

  • 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!"
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