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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 207
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good ol Larry.

    • By David Gravely on 12-12-16

    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 1,818
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

    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: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236

    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
    • One of the greats

    • By Locopelli on 11-14-15

    Regular price: $39.20

    • 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 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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 Painted Veil

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 182

    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 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

    • The Razor's Edge

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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: $19.62

    • 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 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    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 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 83
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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

    • Cakes and Ale

    • or The Skeleton in the Cupboard
    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Of Human Bondage

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • Catalina

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    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.

    Regular price: $20.26

    • 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 213
    • 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 Jack on 07-05-04

    Regular price: $16.80

    • Cakes and Ale

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    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 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 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    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 3

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    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

    • On a Chinese Screen

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    Regular price: $16.80

    • 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

    • 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 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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

    • The Gentleman in the Parlour

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    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.

    Regular price: $15.98

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