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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"
  • 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 Razor's Edge | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Razor's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters: his fiancée Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions; and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.

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

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

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    • 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.

    Sarah says: "I Enjoyed It"
  • 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"
  • 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 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Elena says: "Gimlet eyed view of human folly & human compassion"
  • 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 Circle | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    In this tragic-comedic play, history repeats itself in marital break-ups and proposals as exes, in-laws, and offspring spend a few days at a country manor.

  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1 | W. Somerset Maugham

    Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    Jack says: "Jewels!"
  • 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.

  • 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.

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