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Publisher's Summary

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.

  • 1.Intro
  • 2. "The Pacific"
  • 3. "Mackintosh"
  • 4. "Rain"
  • 5. "Envoi"
  • 6."The Casuarina Tree"
  • 7. "The Letter"
  • 8."Sanatorium"
  • 9. "Jane"
  • 10. "The Judgement Seat"
  • 11. "The Colonel’s Lady"
  • 12. "The Verger"
©1965 Trustees of WS Maugham (P)2012 Spoken Ink

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Rain Down on Me

One of the most potent short stories in the Western Lit canon: Rain, by Somerset Maugham.

A Pacific island quarantined during the tropical wet season. Two couples in the same building as a prostitute. One husband and wife are missionaries. One a mild-mannered doctor and his wife. The doctor is the narrator of this story best illustrating the powerful struggle between a man's religious beliefs and nature (man's natural desires). If you have not read it, I won't spoil for you one of the most dramatic last few pages in literature. Prayers and faith can fortify the spirit, but they cannot stop the rain.

Mr. Crossley does an excellent job narrating Rain and Other Stories, by, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated writers in Western Literature, W. Somerset Maugham.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • 04-26-16

Wonderful

An absolutely delightful set of short stories, each with its own unexpected ending. I loved this audiobook! Steven Crossley reads them brilliantly and brings the characters to life. The only negative is that each story is followed too quickly by the next so there is no time to savour the ending. Apart from this - a wonderful listening experience.

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  • Markell
  • 09-21-17

Tremendous stories

'Well written' seems a rather weak compliment when applied to Somerset Maugham's shimmering prose. Beautifully evoked portrayals of the frailties of human life in the early 20th century tropics. Includes some of the greatest short stories of all time. Beautifully read too. I immediately downloaded another audio collection of his and am transfixed again. Wonderful!

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  • Paul D
  • 09-12-17

Wonderful tales of another age

Maugham is a wonderful story tellers and excellent at creating interesting and original characters. Here is fine selection of them .

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  • Leonora
  • 09-05-16

A wonderful collection of short stories

What did you like most about Rain and Other Stories?

Stories which explore the human character in all its guises. <br/><br/>Excellently narrated, which brought the stories alive.

Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favourite?

Jane Fowler.

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

Yes - very much so.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful read / listen - I highly recommend.