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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Neil Hunt Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvie | 2/11/2014

    " Not my favorite of his works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine Hawkinson | 2/10/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erni Bär | 2/6/2014

    " 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 Russell Traughber | 2/3/2014

    " Not his best, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 1/31/2014

    " A very wry and stylish demolition of snobbish British literary circles in the 1930s in general and Thomas Hardy ('Ted Driffield') in particular. The sensuality of Ted's first wife, Rosie Driffield, leaps off the page and one of her lovers and narrator Ashenden's appropriately love-struck defence of her character feels rightly awkward and out of (or ahead of) its time. Despite Ashenden's utter disdain for the over-elevation of much of Driffield's output by the literary 'pseuds' like his friend Alroy Kear, the Victorian and Edwardian era fixations on 'what makes a gentleman' (which runs thematically through much of Hardy's work) is further satirised here. While Ashenden learns that Driffield and some of the minor characters did not act in gentlemanly ways at certain times in their lives, he nevertheless appears to experience a certain schaudenfreude from the way that the more snobbish literary characters like Kear are readily 'deceived' by such occasional caddishness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 1/23/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/21/2014

    " What a refreshingly subtle book. After reading some of heavy-handed crap that passes for "insightful" and "witty" today, this book was a relief. Even the satirical narration possessed more sincerity than any of the "nudge, nudge, can you believe these people?" stuff in some contemporary fiction. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a sad, old-fashioned reader. I love the modernists. But let's do it with style, eh? Read this book for further instruction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle Duncanson | 1/14/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 12/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey | 11/5/2013

    " The focal point of this book was an irrepressible woman. (Somerset Maugham) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larissa | 10/19/2013

    " I love the way that Maugham writes outside of the main story. The narrator is always slightly detached from the main characters, which makes you feel like you're hearing the story from a friend of a friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 8/20/2013

    " This book is pretty funny, and it's generally compelling. It's small too, so it's a nice quick read. Be prepared: there is an appallingly racist moment (which isn't all that uncommon in Maugham). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Masashi | 7/28/2013

    " i read japanese translation. didnt start flowing until about 100pages into the book, probably because the book contains a lot of references to british culture and writers of whenever the book was written, but after that, becme a fun reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 7/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Drinkwater, Jr. | 5/12/2013

    " NOBODY writes like this anymore. Such a shame . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosminah | 3/4/2013

    " It was a bedside book for over a year. Meaning it was at my bedside, but it took forever for me to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desilva | 10/22/2012

    " Maugham is hysterical. There is a paragraph in here that comments on constipation that is fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 9/15/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/29/2012

    " 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 Shane | 7/12/2012

    " A short and simple book about an author battling through art and superficiality. It's told so casually that it feels like it's happening around you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 6/3/2012

    " Written with a wit as dry as toast. This is charming and funny in a sly way. Loved it. "

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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.