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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: January 2013 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/20/2014

    " Tahiti is gorgeously described here, but reading the whole book in one go as I did was a mistake, because Maugham's tales of Englishmen and Americans becoming dissolute in the South Seas are much of a muchness. Really, one could read Rain and The Pool and call it a day -- although Honolulu is a wonderful tale of the supernatural that I'd never read, which has a delightful trick ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalie | 1/19/2014

    " what a master story teller! I dislike reading short stories, with the exception of W. Somerset Maugham's wonderful tales that transport you to a different era and exotic locations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia | 1/15/2014

    " Rain was rather a strange story but after living through a tropical rainy season one can really understand it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxine | 1/2/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed each story, one of my favourites authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/5/2013

    " Beautiful, sad, ironic, disturbing .... a pleasure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/2/2013

    " Very interesting stories due to the characters. All set in the South Seas.....mainly Samoa, American Samoa and Tahiti. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 11/28/2013

    " One of my favorite writers. Exquisite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Parks | 11/23/2013

    " Sometimes stories are better told in 25 pages than in 250 . Maugham is a master and I think his best writing is in the short stories in this compilation. Some of my all-time favorite stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamina | 10/8/2013

    " The atmospheres described in this book are unique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia Boycheva | 8/13/2013

    " Somerset Maugham is one of the best short stories writer I have the pleasure to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/28/2013

    " Some classics here: Rain, Red, and Mackintosh. Still a delight to read although a modern reader having done a short course on creative writing would probably complain about 'telling' not 'showing'. Maugham is one of the finest story-tellers, and that's what counts to my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ludmila | 6/25/2013

    " I adore the works by Somerset Maugham. They are wonderful and profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 6/11/2013

    " Written with Maugham's typical deceptive elegance; the desperation and despair of the failed American dream, interracial romance, Otherness, white supremacy, alcoholism, religious zealotry, and suicide all painted with a watercolor brush. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hirosasazaki Sasazaki | 6/7/2013

    " im happy to read this book.all of stories are deep and bring some feelings to me.amazing Maugham.actually i have been interested in him because he talked cynically about British food though he is British.haha,i love British food though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/2/2013

    " A collection of stories about the life on the Pacific Islands. "Rain", the last story in the collection was my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Everett Darling | 5/20/2013

    " Well-written narratives of Europeans in the Pacific Islands, but certainly not light summer reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arkady | 5/14/2013

    " Really enjoyed "Rain", "Mackintosh", and "The Fall of Edward Barnard". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsa | 5/4/2013

    " I adore these stories more than I can say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Giauque | 2/21/2013

    " I almost never read short stories and don't think I've read Somerset Maugham, but I'm glad I did both. Good stories and good writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramya Reddy | 2/11/2013

    " W.Somerset Maugham's writing is magical...I love everyone of his books I've read so far. This one does not fail me one bit. Beautiful. "

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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

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.