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William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was born at the height of British Imperial power. When he died, the British Empire was all but a memory. In Maugham's lifetime, as his civilization slowly disappeared, people from all walks of life - the proud, the urbane, the crude, the desperate - passed beneath the lens of his dispassionate scrutiny. They re-emerged in his short stories as some of the most unforgettable literary characters of the 20th century. No other writer possessed his keen ability of observation. It was an ability so well honed that his work makes you feel as if you have been drawn into an intimate conversation with the century's most arresting and sophisticated personality.Included in this collection are:

The Outstation
Appearance and Reality
The Three Fat Women of Antibes
Mr. Know-All
French Joe
Masterson
©2001 Audio Connoisseur
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Winner, 2001 Audie Award, Classic Fiction
"A happy marriage of prose, performance, and production. (AudioFile)
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By Jack on 07-05-04

Jewels!

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.

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By John M. Joplin on 06-14-04

perfection

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.

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By ElizabethLovick on 04-19-10

Brilliant stories, terrible narration

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.

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