Rain and Other Stories

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

2. "The Pacific"
3. "Mackintosh"
4. "Rain"
5. "Envoi"
6."The Casuarina Tree"
7. "The Letter"
9. "Jane"
10. "The Judgement Seat"
11. "The Colonel’s Lady"
12. "The Verger"


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Customer Reviews

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An absolutely delightful set of short stories, each with its own unexpected ending. I loved this audiobook! Steven Crossley reads them brilliantly and brings the characters to life. The only negative is that each story is followed too quickly by the next so there is no time to savour the ending. Apart from this - a wonderful listening experience.
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- Sue

Tremendous stories

'Well written' seems a rather weak compliment when applied to Somerset Maugham's shimmering prose. Beautifully evoked portrayals of the frailties of human life in the early 20th century tropics. Includes some of the greatest short stories of all time. Beautifully read too. I immediately downloaded another audio collection of his and am transfixed again. Wonderful!
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- Markell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2013
  • Publisher: Spoken Ink