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    • Ashenden

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dryly witty, with a splinter of ice at its heart

    • By Brendan on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing narration

    • By Amazon Customer on 21-07-11

    Regular price: £32.89

    • 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 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my desert island books

    • By AReader on 04-02-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • 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 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Painted Veil

    • By Juliet on 20-08-08

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Rain and Other Stories

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Sue on 26-04-16

    Regular price: £11.99

    • 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 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    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
    • Far Eastern Tales (Unabridged)

    • By Toni Hinckley on 24-03-10

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Cakes and Ale

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not one to fall asleep to.

    • By Shaun on 09-07-13

    Regular price: £14.49

    • 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 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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
    • Great story - Excellent narrator

    • By Barbara on 02-03-11

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Trembling of a Leaf

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    When noted English writer William Somerset Maugham set off for the South Seas to regain his health, he gathered the materials and wrote the stories represented here. These are among Maugham's best, and the best stories ever written about the exotic South Seas.

    Regular price: £20.29

    • 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 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful language

    • By mgn on 30-03-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • 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 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Gentleman in the Parlour

    • By Anonymous User on 09-08-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Classic English and Scottish Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson and John Mills, Volume 2

    • By: Theatre Royal, A. J. Alan, W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Ralph Richardson, John Mills
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from English and Scottish Literature. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in ‘My Adventure in Norfolk’, adapted from the original tale by A. J. Alan and John Mills starring in 'The Kite' adapted from the original tale by Somerset Maugham. Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950s by the late Harry Alan Towers.

    Regular price: £3.99

    • The Magician

    • By: W Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Set in the bohemian café society of Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century, Maugham's exploration of hypnotism and the occult was inspired by the sinister black magician Aleister Crowley. At the start of this compulsive gothic horror story, Arthur and his beautiful, innocent fiancée Margaret look forward to an idyllic life together, until they encounter the mesmerising and repulsive Oliver Haddo...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration, beautiful language

    • By Dr on 21-02-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Summing Up

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

    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: £14.99

    • 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 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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: £27.49

    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    "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!

    Regular price: £25.69

    • The Constant Wife

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Kate Burton, Rosalind Ayres, Mark Capri, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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!

    Regular price: £6.59

    • Mrs Craddock

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Bertha Ley comes of age, inherits her father's money, and promptly marries a handsome, calm, and unimaginative man. Bertha is wildly in love with Edward and believes she can be happy playing the role of a dutiful wife in their country home. But, intelligent and sensual, she quickly becomes bored by her oppressively conventional life, and finds her love for her husband slipping away. Originally rejected by publishers, Mrs. Craddock was first published only on condition that certain "shocking" passages were removed. It was 30 years before the full text could be published.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An absorbing picture of a marriage

    • By Youngenough on 13-12-13

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Classic English and Scottish Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson and John Mills, Volume 1

    • By: Theatre Royal, W. Somerset Maugham, J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated by: Ralph Richardson
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from English and Scottish Literature. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in ‘The Colonel's Daughter’, adapted from the original tale by Somerset Maugham and Ralph Richardson starring in 'Half an Hour' adapted from the original tale by J.M. Barrie.Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950s by the late Harry Alan Towers.

    Regular price: £3.99

    • Theatre

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Julia Lambert is in her prime, the greatest actress in England. Off stage, however, she is bored by her handsome husband, coquettish, and undisciplined. She is at first flattered and amused by the attentions of a shy and eager young fan, but before long Julia is amazed to find herself falling wildly, dangerously, in love.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Of Its Era

    • By Alison on 28-03-14

    Regular price: £14.99

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