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I found these "period piece" short stories an absolute delight. Imperialism, racism and class culture are rampant throughout - not "politically acceptable" in today's world but they define an earlier period.
Few authors can observe and write as well today.
The pace and quality of the narration compliments the high standard of the stories.
Most enjoyable listening.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
The excellent production qualities of this audio book are perfectly matched to a master story teller. These stories echoed in my head long after hearing.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Maugham's short stories are matchless. Each is different, but they all draw you in and leave you wondering what happened next. They are all set between the wars, many in the Far East, and all revolve round the way different people interact with each other.
BUT ? and it a very big BUT ? before you buy, make sure you can stand the narration.
This is an American recording, and is narrated by an American putting on a very bad English accent. I can usually ignore such things, but on this I heard every mispronunciation ? there were so many and they were so jarring. Khaki does not rhyme with tacky; long does not rhyme with sawn.
If that wasn't enough, there are sound effects. A bit of music between the stories I can handle. But jungle noises repeated all through a story set in Malaya I can not, especially with 'suspense' music on top.
So brilliant stories. But do check the sound sample before you buy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful