Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. His beautifully restrained prose allowed him to explore the tensions and passions of isolated white colonists without the use of cloying melodrama.
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. The stories in volume three are:

1. The Buried Talent
2. French Joe
3. German Harry
4. The Four Dutchmen
5. The End of the Flight
6. Flotsam and Jetsam
7. A Casual Affair
8. Mr. KnowAll
9. Straight Flush
10. The Portrait of a Gentleman
11. Raw Material
12. A Friend in Need
13. The Dream
14. The Taipan
15. The Consul
16. Mirage
17. Mabel
18. Masterson
19. A Marriage of Convenience
20. Princess September
21. In a Strange Land
22. The Lotus Eater
23. Salvatore
24. The WashTub
25. Mayhew
26. The Happy Man
27. The Point of Honor
28. The Mother
29. The Romantic Young Lady
30. The Poet
31. A Man from Glasgow
32. The Lion's Skin
33. The Three Fat Women of Antibes
34. The Happy Couple
35. The Voice of the Turtle
36. The Facts of Life
37. Gigolo and Gigolette
38. Appearance and Reality
39. The Luncheon
40. The Unconquered
41. The Ant and the Grasshopper
42. Home
43. The Escape
44. The Judgement Seat
And more....


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What a treat!

Having listened to all three volumes of the complete stories, I am once again amazed by the talents of WSM. Were I an aspiring young writer, I would study his work as we figure painters study the draftsmanship of Degas and Klimt. He maintains intense focus, clear motivation, and never wastes a word as he captures character, dialogue, and situation. Times have changed, to be sure, but excellent technique endures, which is reason enough to study the masters.

The short story is a merciless, demanding mistress: one wrong move and there will be no end of trouble. When an author is a master of this medium, it shows his talents to best effect.

Some listeners have groused about Charlton Griffin's not being British. I don't mind that, though some of his pronunciations can be a little eccentric. His rich, world-weary voice is perfectly suited to the character of WSM's observations here. I highly recommend this series to students of human nature, good writing, and days gone by. Enjoy.
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- Die Falknerin "Painter, musician, bibliophile..."

Worth A Long Wait To Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 to be better than the print version?

I don't read much in my later years - too much energy! I use that energy to drink fine wines and let some read the stories. I find enormous pleasure in that system and the preservation of energy to enjoy rather than work.

What other book might you compare Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 to and why?

Volume 1 and 2.

Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

This is too large a crowd to choose from but Charlton makes them all come alive, naughty and nice.

If you could take any character from Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Miss Price of the tea shop. The Doc was right!

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- William E. Hendry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2013
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur