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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Neil Hunt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781461811381
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Of all Somerset Maugham’s novels this is the most entertaining and arguably his best ever. Rosie is a barmaid with a heart of gold and a skeleton in her closet. Maugham’s portrait of her makes his novel fairly glow with witty observations of the contemporary literary scene. Features Willie Ashenden, who resurfaces in Maugham’s Ashenden.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/19/2014

    " This was very, very funny, and the unexpectedness of that made me like it even more. Can't wait for The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, coming out in May. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 2/12/2014

    " This is a story of the narrator's account of his friendship with a woman of loose morals. I enjoy the writing of W. Somerset Maugham, whatever he writes about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid Thomson | 2/7/2014

    " I love Somerset Maugham and read this book when I was reading Thomas Hardy, as it was known at the time of publication as a roman a clef on Hardy and the literary scene after WW I. It was that, and the characters are great, but, the ending is really shocking and affected me for weeks. Beware. This is a great read, but be ready for a jolt at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erni Bär | 2/1/2014

    " This is a book by a real writer. W.S.Maugham knows HOW to tell a story! This one's well equipped with sideswipes to once wellknown British writer contemporaries of this master of his guild adding some tasty spice to the work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielroffle | 1/31/2014

    " Very affecting look at an era of literature that was already a distant memory when this book was published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 1/26/2014

    " Though well written, this book's pace is at times tedious. More of a critique of authors and the literati of his time, Maugham uses this book to reveal the vanity, self-importance, and hypocriticism of mainstream writers and their community. The novel and its characters seem but a vehicle to convey Maugham's cynicism about his peers while at the same time spouting maixms about his profession. Not to say that I did not enjoy the humour and the writing, and though the style is antiquated it is at the same time thoroughly tangible and pleasing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine Hawkinson | 1/14/2014

    " Really hard for me to get into- first couple chapters were a snoozer. However, I kept pushing and soon found myself addicted to the story. Not a bad read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/9/2013

    " My first Maugham novel and it won't be my last. A bit of a slow starter but made up for it along the way. A witty and satirical look at Edwardian writing society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 12/6/2013

    " Good and bad is not as distinctive as black and white and a woman is never 100% a whore or a saint. Maugham has successfully deconstruct what the society in his time name as women who's thirst on men are impossible to quench. He's few steps ahead of his time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Murphy | 11/26/2012

    " Although I found Maugham's dry, satirical humor pretty amusing, this book just felt like it was going nowhere. I was bored with it, frankly--too bored to do much more than skim through two-thirds of it. Moving on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle Duncanson | 9/13/2012

    " Amusing. Liked his commentary on being a writer - cracked me up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 7/29/2012

    " He can do no wrong!! Great author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imogen | 11/20/2011

    " Not as good as 'The Painted Veil'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 9/27/2011

    " as with all of Somerset Maugham's books a look into the complex emotions revealing the human spirit with riveting detail "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E.J. Matze | 9/26/2011

    " I am a great fan of Maugham's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 9/9/2011

    " Although I liked the tone of the novel, and the voice of the narrator, especially in the beginning and when the narrator related stories from his childhood, I found parts of it to be quite dry and almost preachy in its cynical outlook on the literary world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/7/2011

    " All of Maugham is excellent and worth reading. Maugham was a very interesting guy who worked in all sorts of industries: medicine, MI6 spy, military, etc. All of his literature takes place at the turn of the last century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/10/2011

    " This book felt like a different kind of read, although I'm not sure why. My first Maugham, and I liked it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 1/31/2011

    " If you like Maugham, you will love this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/26/2010

    " Is it possible not to love Somerset Maugham? If so, please don't tell me about it. Great characters. Great social commentary. Great sense of humor. Whether he intended it as such or not, I ultimately read this one as a beautifully clever rewrite of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 12/1/2010

    " Delightful read, full of quintessentially English Waspish wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/3/2010

    " My trying to write about how excellent his writing is is futile. He was a genius. And/or lived in a time where you had to be able to write well in order to get published... though his protagonist might quibble about that. (Ashenden didn't see "Twilight" coming.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/27/2010

    " Not my favorite Maugham, but not bad. Unfortunately the forward alluded to it having been based on a real person and I spent much of the book trying to figure out who. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 5/30/2010

    " I loved my first exposure to Somerset Maugham. Witty, wry, satirical. I shall add Of Human Bondage to my list and would love to read an biography of Somerset Maugham. Savory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T.M. | 5/17/2010

    " Another of Maugham's quasi-autobiographical novels. I enjoyed it more than Human Bondage. Not as philosophical, but more great characters. A good story about writers and the literary world of pre-war Britain. "

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About the Author
Author W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) was born in Paris, the son of a British embassy official, and grew up in England. He studied medicine and officially qualified as a doctor before turning to writing. One of the twentieth century’s most popular novelists as well as a celebrated playwright, critic, and short-story writer, he also served as a secret agent for the British during World War I.

About the Narrator

Neil Hunt is an audiobook narrator whose readings include books by W. Somerset Maugham, Nevil Shute, and John Masters.