The Painted Veil

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by Sophie Ward
  • 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the story of Kitty Fane, the adulterous wife of a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. When her husband discovers her deception, he exacts a terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic in China.The Painted Veil was recently made into a feature film starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.

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What the Critics Say

"[Maugham is] the modern writer who has influenced me the most." (George Orwell)
"An expert craftsman....His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual."(The New York Times)
"The Painted Veil, with its sadness, its moral tension, its irony and compassion, its building evocations of lust and terror and remorse, is a work of art." (Spectator)

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The Painted Veil

Fantastic story. One of those that when it ends, you want to double check it really has finished because you were enjoying it so much
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- Juliet

Love and revenge.



A story that will be told forever. Love, revenge and life doesn't end after a fall
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- p.hammond@btinternet.com

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-08-2007
  • Publisher: Audible Studios