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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 Summing Up  | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Summing Up

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    • 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"
  • 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 19 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
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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!"
  • 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"
  • 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."
  • 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"
  • Of Human Bondage | W. Somerset Maugham

    Of Human Bondage

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
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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"
  • 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.

  • 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"
  • On a Chinese Screen | W. Somerset Maugham

    On a Chinese Screen

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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.

  • Catalina | W. Somerset Maugham

    Catalina

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Set in the time of the infamous Spanish Inquisition, Catalina is a novel both richly historical and affectingly human. Two eminent persons, natives of the city, were arriving after an absence of many years, and great doings had been arranged in their honor. In the Lady Chapel of the church a crippled girl prayed to the Blessed Virgin whose day it was, too. No greater things were planned for the girl, Catalina, but greater things awaited her.

  • The Gentleman in the Parlour: A Record of a Journey from Rangoon to Haiphong | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Gentleman in the Parlour: A Record of a Journey from Rangoon to Haiphong

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    • By W. Somerset Maugham
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    Somerset Maugham set out on an extraordinary trip in September of 1922. He would remain abroad for nine months and end up traveling by canoe, riverboat, rickshaw and mule from Rangoon to Mandalay in Upper Burma, down through Thailand to Bangkok, then to Phnom Penh and across the jungle by river to Angkor Wat. From there he went down river to Saigon, then by ship to Hue and Haiphong. He ends the audiobook with an anecdotal story of his fellow passengers while on shipboard to Haiphong.

  • Of Human Bondage | W. Somerset Maugham

    Of Human Bondage

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    First published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is widely considered to be Somerset Maugham’s masterpiece and is believed to have been at least partially based on Maugham’s own life. This is the tale of Philip Carey, who is orphaned at a young age and raised by his uncle. Of Human Bondage follows Philip on his travels to Paris, London, and Germany, taking the listener on an adventure of discovery as his travels brings him new discoveries and emotional growth.

  • Cakes and Ale: or The Skeleton in the Cupboard | W. Somerset Maugham

    Cakes and Ale: or The Skeleton in the Cupboard

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    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
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    Of all Somerset Maugham’s novels this is the most entertaining and arguably his best ever. Rosie is a barmaid with a heart of gold and a skeleton in her closet. Maugham’s portrait of her makes his novel fairly glow with witty observations of the contemporary literary scene. Features Willie Ashenden, who resurfaces in Maugham’s Ashenden.

  • The Moon and Sixpence | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon and Sixpence

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    • By W. Somerset Maugham
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    Englishman Charles Strickland leads the life of a mundane London stockbroker. He has a wife and two children and enjoys a settled life with the prospect of a prosperous retirement. However, Strickland throws it all over and abandons his family to become an artist in Paris. In a novel rich with the kind of characters and conversations that only W.S. Maugham could conjure up, we follow Strickland's path of hedonism and sheer creative verve as he moves from Paris to Marseilles to Tahiti.

    alice says: "Stick With It!"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Julieta de los espíritus says: "Complete list of Short Stories"
  • The Moon and Sixpence  | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon and Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    This is the story of an artist who was willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of art. In much of its general outline, this famous novel follows the life of Paul Gauguin, famous French post-impressionist painter, but it is not a novelized biography of Gauguin. Rather it is a sharply-delineated, carefully wrought "private life", written by one of the most vivid and penetrating contemporary literary masters.

    reggie p says: "great, simply great"
  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 3  | W. Somerset Maugham

    Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 3

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    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965) took his reading material quite seriously. He said, "When I read a book, I seem to read it with my eyes only. But now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me." Maugham's work has certainly become a part of millions of his fans today. To judge by his short story masterpieces, it was in the tiny crevasses and pinched corners of humanity that Maugham illuminated those elemental qualities that were to fascinate him all his life.

    Erik says: "Great narrator and great book, rare indeed"
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