The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham audiobook

The Painted Veil

By W. Somerset Maugham
Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780786168927

  • ISBN: 9780786163953

  • ISBN: 9780786174744

  • ISBN: 9781470833862

Runtime: 7.37 Hours
Category: Fiction/Classics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, this beautifully written character study is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane, who marries for money rather than love. When her husband, a quiet doctor, discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic. There, stripped of the British society of her youth and overwhelmed by the desolation around her, Kitty’s conscience begins to awaken. As she takes up work with children at a convent and experiences some of the burden her husband has taken on, she and her husband begin to rediscover each other in a new light. When her husband is tragically killed, Kitty is forced to return to England to raise her unborn child. Though it is too late for her marriage, she has learned humility, independence, and at last, how to love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“Kate Reading does a phenomenal portrayal of Kitty, progressively evolving her weaknesses into real character strengths by way of hardship, loss, and regret. She creates the aura of a full-cast production, switching effortlessly between characters…Elegant and thoughtful, Reading is a performance pro.” AudioFile
“Reading’s narration conveys the novel’s irony and cynicism. Her pitch is perfect, and her tone, rhythm, and intonation match the plot and the era. Reading conveys the feeling of a stuffy tea party set among smug guests. Kitty is at once self-absorbed and reflective, while Walter is both restrained and simmering.” Booklist
“Reading’s narration uses only two voices—one male and one female—but her intelligent, expressive performance makes her characters of either gender most convincing. She fully captures the irony that defines Kitty.”  Kliatt
“The portrait of Kitty Fane is one of Maugham’s finest fictional achievements. As with Bertha Craddock more than twenty years before, he displays an extraordinary empathy, an ability to create a woman as seen not from a man’s perspective but from that of the woman herself.” Selina Hastings, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

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Author

Author Bio: W. Somerset Maugham

Author Bio: 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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 7.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English