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    W. Somerset Maugham — The Trembling of a Leaf [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 96 kbit/s

            After working in British Intelligence during World War I, William Somerset Maugham set off to regain his health by traveling to Asia, Mexico, and the Pacific Islands. During this trip he gather materials and wrote the stories that appeared in 1921 in The Trembling of a Leaf. The six short stories and two «sketches» include the famous story «Rain»-adapted for both theater and film as Sadie Thompson-a story about the ironic consequences of obsession. Its less known companions, however, have their own merits. «Macintosh» is a taut psychological study of two officials on a remote tropic island. «The Fall of Edward Barnard» is a brief bildungsroman…

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    W. Somerset Maugham — The Mixture As Before [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 96 kbit/s

            »The Mixture as Before» is another short story collection by Somerset Maugham that makes me wonder yet again how he could manage to maintain so high a level of craftsmanship and a quality so close to perfection in his writing for so long a time. This book was published 19 years after Maugham’s first mature short story collection — »Trembling of a Leaf» (1921) and 25 years after his first true masterpiece — »Of Human Bondage» (1915). By 1940 Maugham had stopped writing stories for the English in the Far East and so there are no such in »The Mixture as Before» although there are two…

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    W. Somerset Maugham — The Gentleman in the Parlour [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 96 kbit/s

            Somerset Maugham set out on an extraordinary trip in September of 1922. He would remain abroad for nine months and end up traveling by canoe, riverboat, rickshaw and mule from Rangoon to Mandalay in Upper Burma, down through Thailand to Bangkok, then to Phnom Penh and across the jungle by river to Angkor Wat. From there he went down river to Saigon, then by ship to Hue and Haiphong. He ends the audiobook with an anecdotal story of his fellow passengers while on shipboard to Haiphong. It is a beautifully crafted travelogue by one of the century’s most sophisticated and arresting personalities. From stranded Europeans to…

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    W. Somerset Maugham — The Casuarina Tree [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 128 kbit/s

            The Casuarina Tree is a collection of short stories set in 1920s Malaya by W. Somerset Maugham that came out of travels he paid for by working for the British Secret Service[1] as a spy. It was first published by the UK publishing house, Heinemann, in 1926.   Original Title: The Casuarina Tree Year: 2013 Language: English Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur ASIN: B00A6TIL8I Duration: 7 hours and 43 minutes [Unabridged] Format: Audiobook Audio-Codec: MP3 Bitrate Audio: CBR 128 kbps Archive size: 410.26 MB (430,184,506 B)     Buy on Amazon | Kaufen auf Amazon  

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    W. Somerset Maugham — First Person Singular [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 96 kbit/s

            «Life is really very fantastic, and one has to have a peculiar sense of humour to see the fun of it.» This very short quote from the not so short story Virtue is simply the best way to start my little essay on «Six Stories Written in the First Person Singular», Somerset Maugham’s fourth mature collection of short stories and the second — after the previous one, «Ashenden» (1928) — which is not concerned with tropical locales and the fates of British Empire builders. But the main theme is the same as in all other of Maugham’s short stories, as in his whole oeuvre indeed —…

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    W. Somerset Maugham — Creatures of Circumstance [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 96 kbit/s

            Doubleday, Hardback, 1947. 8vo. 314 pp. First American Edition. Original preface titled The Author Excuses Himself [pp. 3-6]. First published by Heinemann in 1947. * First published in 1909. Later slightly revised and included here. ** Significantly rewritten version of a short story first published under the same title in a magazine in 1908. The original version was not published in book form until 1969 in Seventeen Lost Stories.   Original Title: Creatures of Circumstance Year: 2013 Language: English Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur ASIN: B00A6TIL8I Duration: 11 hours and 43 minutes [Unabridged] Format: Audiobook Audio-Codec: MP3 Bitrate Audio: CBR 96…

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    W. Somerset Maugham — Ah King [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 96 kbit/s

            This is Somerset Maugham’s fifth mature short story collection and, as he states in the preface to The Collected Edition in 1936, the last one which contains stories popularly known as «exotic». Originally published in 1933 by Heinemann, «Ah King» is another achievement of Maugham in the genre of the short story that leaves me breathless while reading it. All six stories it contains are perfect examples of exquisite craftsmanship, at least four of them are true masterpieces (and the last two are quite close to perfection even if not as affecting as the other four). They all were published in magazines save «The Book-Bag»; «Footprints…

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    W. Somerset Maugham — Cosmopolitans [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2013) MP3, CBR 96 kbit/s

            The name of the collection comes, of course, from the famous magazine Cosmopolitan in which all these short stories save one appeared between 1923 and 1929. Indeed, they were written on a commission from that magazine whose editor, Ray Long, happened to read Maugham’s travel book On A Chinese Screen (1922) and thinking that some of the 58 short sketches included in it might well serve as short stories commissioned a dozen or so new ones to Maugham. Later most of these very short stories were revised a great deal, acquired new titles and were published in a single volume by Doubleday in 1936. To this…

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    W. Somerset Maugham — Of Human Bondage [Narrated by Charlton Griffin] (2012) MP3, CBR 128 kbit/s

            Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham’s greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him. In some of the finest prose of the 20th century, Maugham has presented us with the timeless story of one man’s search for the meaning…