Far Eastern Tales

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by Robert Powell
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Far eastern Tales is a collection of Maugham's short stories, all born of his experiences in Malaysia, Singapore, and other outposts of the former British Empire. The stories included on this recording are Footprints in the Jungle, Mabel, P & O, The Door of Oportunity, The Buried Talent, Before the Party, Mr. Know-all, Neil MacAdam, The End of the Flight and The Force of Circumstance.

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Far Eastern Tales (Unabridged)

Spell-binding story-telling in the inestimable tones of Robert Powell.
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- Toni Hinckley

Evocative of the age but a bit depressing

Somerset Maugham's a wonderfully observant writer and Robert Powell has a beautifully modulated voice and a superb grasp of accents, so I was really looking forward to this audiobook. The stories are certainly evocative of the age (1920s), the steamy Far Eastern locations, and the insulated British way of life in those colonial outposts. Unfortunately I found the themes in the majority of these tales to be rather depressing: loneliness, marriage break-ups, murder and cowardice. So although I found many of the stories interesting, I won't be listening to this again.

One star off immediately because the audiobook's been lazily chopped up into 1-hour segments, which makes it impossible to find the start of each story.
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- Knucklebones

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-08-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios