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    • Of Human Bondage

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story of a Wounded Man

    • By Brian Abel Ragen on 04-04-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Razor's Edge

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant and easy to read

    • By Winnie on 08-04-16

    Regular price: $27.27

    • The Painted Veil

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,856
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What An Unexpected Delight!

    • By Cathy on 10-22-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Moon And Sixpence

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Roman a clef-abominable french artist Paul Gauguin

    • By W Perry Hall on 01-22-14

    Regular price: $16.52

    • Complete Short Stories, Volume Two

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entirely great

    • By William E. Hendry on 05-26-16

    Regular price: $44.80

    • Of Human Bondage

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Greatly Unsettling

    • By Michael on 10-04-14

    Regular price: $39.20

    • The Moon and Sixpence

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great, simply great

    • By reggie p on 10-10-05

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Complete Short Stories, Volume One

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterful production of Maugham's short stories.

    • By J. J. Kuzma on 09-07-13

    Regular price: $44.80

    • Cakes and Ale

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic worth reading

    • By edteach3r on 01-06-16

    Regular price: $14.97

    • The Painted Veil

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 191

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A novel about personal growth

    • By AudioAddict on 10-03-13

    Regular price: $17.05

    • Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complete list of Short Stories

    • By Julieta de los espíritus on 03-11-17

    Regular price: $44.80

    • The Narrow Corner

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Moon and Sixpence

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable novel, well narrated

    • By Everett Leiter on 08-06-10

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Constant Wife

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Kate Burton, Rosalind Ayres, Mark Capri, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    There’s something Constance Middleton’s friends are dying to tell her: her husband is having an affair – with her best friend! Despite their hints, Constance remains ever cool, and seemingly oblivious. Or is she? In this biting comedy of manners, marriages and mistresses, Constance – a not-so-desperate housewife - has some ideas of her own about extra-marital activity that surprise everyone in the end!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun and frothy, but with a bit of a bite!

    • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 06-12-11

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jewels!

    • By Jacko45 on 07-05-04

    Regular price: $16.80

    • The Moon and Sixpence

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Stick With It!

    • By alice on 02-29-08

    Regular price: $22.40

    • Of Human Bondage

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Summing Up

    • By: W Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing his private self, The Summing Up, written when Maugham was sixty-four, is an inimitable expression of a personal credo. It is not only a classic avowal of a professional author's ideas about style, literature, art, drama and philosophy, but also an illuminating insight into this great writer's craft.

    Regular price: $19.75

    • The Moon and Sixpence

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    The Moon and Sixpence is a fictionalized biography of the artist Paul Gauguin. Charles Strickland, a thinly veiled Gauguin, deserts his wife and children to become a painter. In Paris, he is indifferent to the friendship offered by a fellow artist, Dirk Stroeve, but it is Stroeve and his wife Blanche who take Strickland in when he falls ill. It is only a matter of time before Strickland again devastates those around him by running away with Blanche.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Summing Up

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Portrait of the artist as an old man

    • By Eric Chevlen on 10-30-05

    Regular price: $30.80

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