Liza of Lambeth

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by David Ian Davies
  • 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Liza of Lambeth, W. Somerset Maugham’s first novel, offers insight into the everyday lives of working-class Londoners at the turn of the 20th century. Liza Kemp is an 18-year-old girl working in a factory in the Lambeth slum along London’s Vere Street. As Liza enters into a misguided affair with an older, married man, Jim Blakeston, the novel reveals the tragedies and abuses suffered by those living in poverty. A mood of subdued acceptance of one’s life conditions prevails in this novel, which sparked the literary career of one of England’s most successful authors of the 20th century.


What the Critics Say

"It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham.… He was always so entirely there." (Gore Vidal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

annoying cockneyd English tells a depressing story

Would you try another book from W. Somerset Maugham and/or David Ian Davies?

I adored W Somerset Maugham, this was my least favorite of his books (have also read Cakes & Ale, The Razor's Edge and The Magician)

What was most disappointing about W. Somerset Maugham’s story?

The really heavy cockeyed English used by the characters was unpleasantly dense. If you're okay with sad stories (really sad), then it might be fine, but the language used to tell the story is annoying in how rough it is.

What three words best describe David Ian Davies’s performance?

grating, shrill, annoying

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no, it would be too sad.

Any additional comments?

the voice over is annoying in that it is inconsistently edited, but also the character voices he uses are very shrill as well. So it's fairly unpleasant to listen to as well as the story being rather depressing.

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- Gwen McRae

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2013
  • Publisher: David Ian Davies