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Publisher's Summary

When noted English writer William Somerset Maugham set off for the South Seas to regain his health, he gathered the materials and wrote the stories represented here. These are among Maugham's best, and the best stories ever written about the exotic South Seas. "Macintosh" is a taut psychological study of two officials on a remote tropic island. "The Fall of Edward Barnard" is a brief bildungsroman about what is important in life, a pre-cursor to Maugham's well known novel, The Razor's Edge. Of course, love is always a subject of the tropics, and Maugham's deft, ironic handling of the theme in "Red" and "Honolulu" is masterful. But it is "The Pool" that tells a poignant and tragic tale about the pitfalls for love across cultures. His most famous story, "Rain", about the ironic consequences of obsession, was adapted for both theater and film.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Alifa on 04-25-14

Fascinating tales; awful reader

I have long been a fan of Maugham, and looked forward to listening to this collection of some of his best short stories. Alas, the whole experience was dampened by the desultory and unemotional reader, who seemed so lazy or perhaps bored by the stories. Many readers found in Audible selections have a good ability to change their voices to indicate the various characters,but Davidson here only seemed to manage a hoarse and harsh tone. The choice of reader is really a pity, for these stories offer intriguing characters, and life choices with moral imlications relevant even today, when British colonials have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Thus, I can only offer a limited recommendation for this book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By David Share on 11-22-09

The Trembling of a Leaf

I'm afraid the reader Frederick Davidson(David Case) made it impossible to complete this book. There were many words slurred and impossible to understand. It's as if this reader has now had a stroke or some other debilitating speech impediment. I feel compelled to write this review because I am such a fan of audiobooks and audible and I would hate to think someone would buy this book and get turned off from audiobooks and or audible. Audible please consider removing this book from your Library - you have so many wonderful books, why taint it.

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