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    • Rain and Other Stories

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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

    • 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

    • 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 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    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

    • Ashenden

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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

    • 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

    • 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 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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 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 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

    • 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 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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

    • Liza of Lambeth

    • By: W Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Annie Adlington
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Down among the drab slums of Lambeth, 18-year-old Liza is the darling of Vere Street. Vibrant and bewitching, she is adored by the steady, loyal Tom. But then Liza meets Jim Blakeston, charming and worldly, new to the area, and married. Soon the streets are wise to their passionate affair and Liza's fall from grace is fast and fatal. Written while Maugham was a medical student, and his first published novel, Liza of Lambeth is a vividly realistic portrayal of working-class London life.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • On a Chinese Screen

    • By: W Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling 1500 miles up the Yangtze river. Always more interested in people than places, he noted down acute and finely crafted sketches of those he met on countless scraps of paper. In the resulting collection we encounter Western missionaries, army officers and company managers who are culturally out of their depth in the immensity of the Chinese civilisation.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Don Fernando

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Considered by Graham Greene to be Maugham's best work, Don Fernando is a paean to a golden age of enormous creative energy. It discusses the writings of St. Teresa and the paintings of El Greco, and comments with sagacity and wit on such illustrious figures as Cervantes, Velazquez, and the creator of Don Juan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Master storyteller.

    • By Howard on 08-09-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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

    • The Narrow Corner

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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: £14.99

    • Then and Now

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Maugham found a parallel to the turmoil of our own times in the duplicity, intrigue, and sensuality of the Italian Renaissance. Then and Now enters the world of Machiavelli, and covers three important months in the career of that crafty politician, worldly seducer, and high priest of schemers.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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

    • The Merry Go Round

    • By: W Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Eve Karpf
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Looking out upon the backstreets, the suburbs and the high society haunts of Edwardian London, the delightfully witty and independent spinster Miss Ley surveys a tangled web of lives; she sympathetically observes the struggle under the pressures of convention, and the complex interplay between love and reason. Through Miss Ley's eyes we witness the brief but happy marriage of a dying poet; a woman's adulterous passion for a young rascal; and finally, an honourable man's decision to take virtue to extremes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Listen to it, but be mindful of its context

    • By Alison on 24-02-14

    Regular price: £18.99

    • 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

    • 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

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