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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: David Ian Davies Publisher: David Ian Davies Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2013 ISBN: 9781482912944
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Liza of Lambeth, W. Somerset Maugham’s first novel, offers insight into the everyday lives of working-class Londoners at the turn of the twentieth century. Liza Kemp is an eighteen-year-old girl working in a factory in the Lambeth slum along London’s Vere Street. As Liza enters into a misguided affair with an older, married man, Jim Blakeston, the novel reveals the tragedies and abuses suffered by those living in poverty. A mood of subdued resignation prevails in this novel, which sparked the literary career of one of England’s most successful authors of the twentieth century.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 2/15/2014

    " Those poor people, always beating their wives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/31/2014

    " must read entire book in a british cockney accent to get full effect! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 1/11/2014

    " i love a good story of adultery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salve58 | 12/30/2013

    " I never thought 128 pages could make me so angry! The dumb acceptance of domestic violence and a 'woman's lot' by the characters and society as a whole is tragic. Married women look down on Liza and all aspire to be married and having loads of children. However we learn that marriage is actually a trap, you are better off alone than being beaten and constantly pregnant! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 12/27/2013

    " Insightful, but not as enjoyable or as rich as other Maughams I liked more. The ending was especially annoying: a tragic death treated in a self-consciously cynical way. I know life goes on, especially in the ghetto, but come aawwn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod | 12/19/2013

    " Classic tragic tale of a good girl gone bad and the sorrow that ensues. I read it now as we prepare for an upcoming trip to London (and it showed up in a "London in fiction" list), and because I've liked other Maugham books (and may check out the new biography). Worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 12/9/2013

    " felt kind of like a British 'Maggie: A Girl of the Streets' with a slightly less pathetic heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurele | 11/20/2013

    " My Maugham of the Month for January, 2011 is a good study of the circle of life in a poor district of London like that in which Somerset Maugham had his medical practice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cydney | 9/16/2012

    " Really enjoyed this! The characters are so well written, and a sad but so true story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M | 3/24/2010

    " Because most novel-readers want to go slumming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rgauthie | 9/2/2008

    " Grim, but typical Maugham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 8/22/2008

    " Reminded me of Moll Flanders! I thought this was the best of his novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 10/11/2006

    " Great short story! I don't know how it took me so long to discover Maugham but he is an incredible writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crodosta | 10/19/2003

    " This is my first W. Somerset Maugham book. Since I read it "audio" I didn't have any problem with the way some local words were written that others commented upon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 11/15/2002

    " His first novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 11/23/2000

    " Very interesting and entertaining read - surprisingly modern in the way it is written, and a good piece of social history "

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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

David Ian Davies is a product of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Emigrating to California early in life, he did many Shakespearean plays at the Globe and other theaters in Hollywood. He has been devoted to voice-over work for many years.