Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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Winner, 2001 Audie Award, Classic Fiction
"A happy marriage of prose, performance, and production. (AudioFile)

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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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- Jack

The Maughham after

These short stories are great to read, but even better to listen to. I've long enjoyed them, re-reading them every few years. Most are dominated by wash of colonial ennui, but nevertheless vary significantly, surprising and delighting on each occasion. The narrator is superb, despite his sometimes eccentric pronunciations, for example "orphan" for "often", but I'm told that this is what happens when an Oxford man one sips too many pink gins in tropical climes. Now, if only Audible got some Graham Greene novels as well.
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- Marius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2001
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur