Cakes and Ale

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by James Saxon
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Cakes and Ale was first published in 1930 it roused a storm of controversy, since many people imagined they recognised portraits of literary figures now no more. It is the novel for which Maugham wished to be remembered.


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Customer Reviews

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A bit mercenary with Hugh Walpole

A bit mercenary with Hugh Walpole... Don't have to use a sledge hammer to point out character flaws.

In spite of myself I liked the story so well I could hardly stop listening. The narrator is excellent, 90 out of 100.
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- Matthew

Well crafted novel read very well

What made the experience of listening to Cakes and Ale the most enjoyable?

The delivery was very good and the story was compelling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cakes and Ale?

The scene where the narrator, as a boy, loses his virginity was written in a most humble and a-typical way. The events were described from a distance of 40 years or so, with near total objectivity and frankness.

Which character – as performed by James Saxon – was your favorite?

You will never forget Rosie Driffield, and the author never forgot the woman who inspired her.

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- RealityBuff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios