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Download Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by W. Somerset Maugham
4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2001 ISBN:
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William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was born at the height of British Imperial power. When he died, the British Empire was all but a memory. In Maugham's lifetime, as his civilization slowly disappeared, people from all walks of life - the proud, the urbane, the crude, the desperate - passed beneath the lens of his dispassionate scrutiny. They re-emerged in his short stories as some of the most unforgettable literary characters of the 20th century. No other writer possessed his keen ability of observation. It was an ability so well honed that his work makes you feel as if you have been drawn into an intimate conversation with the century's most arresting and sophisticated personality.

Included in this collection are:

  • The Outstation
  • Appearance and Reality
  • The Three Fat Women of Antibes
  • Mr. Know-All
  • French Joe
  • Masterson Download and start listening now!

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    Listener Opinions

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravyn | 5/29/2011

      " I originally avoided this like the plague for it's disturbing misogyny. But in between the lines of this tome is genuine wisdom. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 11/29/2010

      " There is, of course, some really good writing in here - and the following commnet may even to some extent reflect the quality of the writing - but I struggled with the overall oppressive fug of stories about the problems of white male imperialists. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henk | 11/24/2010

      " I like most of Maugham's short stories I have read so far. I think He is the quintessential short story writer and a real story teller. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/22/2010

      " maugham is kind of the granddaddy of ex-pat writers, and deals mainly with victorian gentlemen abroad in tropical climates. a great short-story writer who creates compelling portraits of a bygone era. great night/beach reading. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurele | 11/10/2009

      " Maugham is a master of human nature, as these six stories illustrate. My favorites: "The Outstation" and "The Three Fat Women of Antibes." "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/20/2009

      " My favorite author at the moment, Mr. Maugham! Most of his short stories in this volume have very close connections to themes from his full length novels. I prefer his lengthier books but if you don't have time to read his full novels or prefer short stories then this is a good substitute. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/19/2008

      " The best short stories around. Somerset traveled 80% of the time and supported his travels by writing about his adventures and the facinating people he met. While Somerset might have been one of the most arrogant men of his time, his view into the humn condition is priceless...and should be read. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 3/23/2008

      " This author knows how to transport the reader to every foreign place imaginable. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 10/9/2007

      " Maugham is an amazing storyteller who almost almost never leaves the reader with the impression that the story being told is actually one of fiction. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 7/10/2007

      " all of maugham's short stories are great. especially when you want a whole story with rich characters but don't quite have time for a full novel. "

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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.