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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Spoken Ink Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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W. Somerset Maugham is one of the best-loved short story writers of the last 100 years. In this collection of his finest short work Maugham takes the listener to the sun-drenched Pacific islands where the Governor mercilessly abuses the inhabitants; to the story Rain, in which the Reverend and the prostitute play out one of the most famous finales ever written; to the studies of chauvinistic Colonels, and snide conversations in Edwardian drawing rooms, as well as at the gates of heaven. As an introduction to one of the greatest writers in the English language Stephen Crossley's reading is the perfect place to start.

  • 1.Intro
  • 2. The Pacific
  • 3. Mackintosh
  • 4. Rain
  • 5. Envoi
  • 6.The Casuarina Tree
  • 7. The Letter
  • 8.Sanatorium
  • 9. Jane
  • 10. The Judgement Seat
  • 11. The Colonel's Lady
  • 12. The Verger
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/18/2014

    " As always, Maugham is highly readable; poetic and sad. This collection of short-stories set in the Colonial South Seas was a poor substitute for the tropical spring break I wanted, but still provided a pleasant distraction. "Rain" was especially poignant, after having seen the 1932 film adaptation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt Silva | 2/18/2014

    " I normally shy away from short story editions, preferring novels. But each of these offerings from the blue Pacific, including the portrayal of Sadie Thompson in Rain, could be fleshed out to a novel. I could also go into almost all of Maugham's novels and drop a five-star on them (except, his classic Of Human Bondage, which I find tedious), such are his gifts as a writer. All these stories are morality plays, but Maugham is never preachy or profound. He is a story teller. Once more, pay attention to his syntax: the dude crafts sentences practically devoid of commas that flow effortlessly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick DiJusto | 2/1/2014

    " I liked it. the book consists of a bunch of unconnected short stories set in South Asia and the South Pacific just after World War I, when no one knew the British empire was at its height and would soon start to crumble. Well, maybe Maugham knew. His stories are full of men "gone native", wistful for the simple pleasures of colonial life, eager to get as far away (literally) from the unending toil and superficial social structures of England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine D | 1/25/2014

    " Maugham's Rain is what I am most likely going to write my thesis on, so I'll keep my thoughts to myself for now. "

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