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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 involving a gentlemanly, sophisticated, aloof spy. In volume two of this series, we present the Ashenden stories along with 15 others whose subjects range from South Pacific drama among British colonialists, to Caribbean prison colonies of the French Empire, and the hot tempered Latin stories of South and Central America…masterpieces all.

The stories in volume two are:

  • 1. "Miss King" (Ashenden)
  • 2. "The Hairless Mexican" (Ashenden)
  • 3. "Giulia Lazzari" (Ashenden)
  • 4. "The Traitor" (Ashenden)
  • 5. "His Excellency" (Ashenden)
  • 6. "Mr. Harrington's Washing" (Ashenden)
  • 7. "Footprints in the Jungle"
  • 8. "The Human Element"
  • 9. "Virtue"
  • 10. "The Alien Corn"
  • 11. "The Book Bag"
  • 12. "The Vessel of Wrath"
  • 13. "The Door of Opportunity"
  • 14. "The Back of Beyond"
  • 15. "Neil McAdam"
  • 16. "A Woman of Fifty"
  • 17. "The Man With the Scar"
  • 18. "The Bum"
  • 19. "The Closed Shop"
  • 20. "An Official Position"
  • 21. "A Man with a Conscience"

The Complete Short Stories of W. S. Maugham will continue in volume three.

All stories not in public domain are the property of and published by agreement with the W. Somerset Maugham Royalty Trust.

©2013 Audio Connoisseur (P)2013 Audio Connoisseur

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Entirely great

What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Griffins clear, concise, dramatic voice is the reason I chose this book.I cannot read with the same clarity as he can read, and his tone is done so effortlessly.

Any additional comments?

I am now ordering V - 1.

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  • Andrew
  • MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 08-10-18

Wonderfully Read Works!

Each of the stories inside is full of eloquent words that, until hearing/reading them then looking them up, I never knew existed. Maugham’s imagination is incredible. My only misgiving about the stories was the notion set in stone after a few tales that Maugham likes to apply a slight or sometimes heavy twist toward the end. This is not bad by any means. It was something that distracted me from the full beauty of the story, though, because halfway through a tale I would begin to wonder who would do what to whom in order to apply this twist. To keep myself distracted from this I took small breaks between each story. No big deal, really.

Charlton Griffin is a master narrator! Every word was well read and each character had his or her own voice so that there was no confusion in dialogues. He did a wonderful job narrating wonderful stories!

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Entertainment in the Afternoon

Lovely to have a glass of wine and listen to fascinating stories. Looking forward to Volume
3.