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    • 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 279
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252

    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 1,883
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

    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

    • Of Human Bondage

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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 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 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    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

    • 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 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    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: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You won't want it to end!

    • By Rbjurnee on 04-18-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • 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 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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

    • 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 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 194

    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

    • 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 90
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    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

    • Of Human Bondage

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 28 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254

    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 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    • Far Eastern Tales

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gimlet eyed view of human folly & human compassion

    • By Elena on 10-19-10

    Regular price: $19.10

    • Escape: High Adventure

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Collier, and others
    • Narrated by: William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    "Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of… romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!" Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic tales from one of radio's greatest action and adventure series. This collection will bring you tales of black pearls, headhunters, volcanoes, Nazi convoys and cargos of gold in exotic settings and locales - from South of the Border to Dutch East India, Paris, North Africa and points unknown!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you like.......

    • By Richard E Heilman on 11-19-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • 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 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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

    • The Razor's Edge

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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.

    Regular price: $20.24

    • 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 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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

    • Cakes and Ale

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    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 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 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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

    • Ashenden

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. Multilingual, knowledgeable about many European countries, and a celebrated writer, Maugham had the perfect cover, and the assignment appealed to his love of romance, and of the ridiculous. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a jolly gay time at the spying business

    • By tom on 01-29-13

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Narrow Corner

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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

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