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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.

Public Domain (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Maugham had a narrow but profound gift for domesticating the strange and making the exotic appear reassuringly familiar" (Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph)
"The fictional summa of everything Maugham had seen and learned about the East." (Washington Post)

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Stunningly Great

This remarkable story by the great Somerset Maugham is read brilliantly by David Thorpe. I was mesmerized throughout by his excellent narration and the compelling Dutch East Indies tale.

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  • 06-06-21

Brilliant from start to finish.

I really enjoyed this audible version of The narrow corner. The narrator was exceptional and truly added an extra dimension to this book. Lots of backstabbing, lying and cheating tales all observed and narrated by an opium addled doctor.

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  • Andrew Jakeman
  • 03-25-21

One of Maugham’s best.

One of my favourite Somerset Maugham novels, I had read it several times. The characters become very real, giving the listener a great feel of the Pacific and early 20th century east.
At first I found the narration a bit overdone but soon came to enjoy David Thorpe’s excellent telling of The Narrow Corner.