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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,717 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597106238
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A compelling novel of self-discovery and the search for meaning from the author of The Painted Veil

The Great War changed everything and everyone, and Larry Darrell is no exception. Though his physical wounds from the war heal, his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition. He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel; studies philosophy and religion in Paris; lives as a monk, and witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life. All of life that he can find—from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine—becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring 20s.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samara | 2/7/2014

    " Loved it - especially the juxtaposition of characters Larry and Elliot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilan | 2/2/2014

    " I really like this book after all. I thought I hated it when I started reading, but the story becomes so engaging. I am glad I kept on keeping on. Ha! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zuzana | 1/21/2014

    " Very peculiar. The author is both the narrator and the minor character of the story. Heavy on religion and philosophy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/20/2014

    " GOOD STORYLINE. GOOD CHARACTERS. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nirmala | 12/14/2013

    " Somerset Maugham has a flair for writing and his style is understated yet distinct. But this book which I have been hearing about since a very young age as being a very powerful one fails to match up to that description. The rhythm and language are beautifully crafted but for me great literature is more about content. The protagonist certainly does not live on "the razor's edge". He is searching for meaning in life which is good but that in itself is not exemplary as the writer constantly tells us. Maugham himself appears uninspired as he admires the youth but himself seems to be content with doing surprisingly little which is probably why he thinks that Larry lives where he does. Having a war shoved in your face could be the catalyst to trying to understand the reasons for it and actively working for peace but Larry with all the literature at his disposal chooses to read spiritual books and become part godman. Isabel's husband lost some money but you would think that they were starving the way they keep on groaning about it. The honest working man has little need of soul searching. There is no need to spend years of your life obsessively looking for happiness because you have the leisure and be commended for it as if you had done something for society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 12/8/2013

    " LOVED this book and it's themes. read it straight through once and then started it all over again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 12/4/2013

    " I didn't like this one as much as some of his others, but I did enjoy it- the characters were original, and the setting (expats in Europe in the 30s) felt like such another world... easy to get lost in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria rhodes | 11/2/2013

    " i loved this book. the characters are rich and fleshed out to its fullest. I loved how maugham made himself the narrator. it added a sense of reality to a fiction book. larry is very inspirational and i want to become him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 10/13/2013

    " I wish I had read this when I was 20. Maugham's story is a timeless fable of balance in life. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book | 7/20/2013

    " This is a great book about what a good life entails. It talks about getting what you want out of life and how you will get that which you want the most... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2013

    " One of my favorites. Excellent writing and a very poignant and tragic tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda O. | 12/5/2012

    " Wonderful read. I feel like I've just spent an entire day in a cafe catching up with an old friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 7/26/2012

    " Tara introduced me to this and I love it. Everyone should read this too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick B | 2/28/2012

    " absolutely my favorite book. It's depth and simplicity mix in a consistent way. The reader is drawn by the mystery of Larry's search for an answer to the abyss, while the characters that surround him are what emphasis the purpose behind Larry's search for truth in the world. Maugham is a genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Evans | 7/24/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time - literally could not put it down. So beautifully written - characters were full of depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ankita Gour | 7/2/2011

    " it was a pleasure to read this book, the style of writing is pleasant without being much flowery.. the characters are tastefully described and explored as the story progresses and the narrative has the charm of someone very intimate recounting a life incident with all the magic of story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmed Donia | 4/18/2011

    " This book is very amusing.....did enjoy the softness of the style...the amazing and amusing charachter's that mr.maghaum did create....the book did appaear before the same plot becomes a cliche...in the sixties and hibbis i mean "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aarthi | 3/24/2011

    " Read a review on the garden that highly underrated the book. The plot is hardly interesting, given the times we live in, where a man leaving his wife and family to discover himself is hardly new... but the writing, the writing! The genius of Maugham! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 3/24/2011

    " I just love the way W. Somerset Maugham writes: All gentleman-like even about the most debauched subjects. This is a good book for those in career transition or studying midlife change. Paul Guaguin did a honey of an about face in his life. Read it and weep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 2/15/2011

    " fascinating. the main character is amazing and unique. "

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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

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.