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The Painted Veil Audio CD – Import, 17 September 2006

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''The modern writer who has influenced me the most.'' --George Orwell

''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 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

''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

About the Author

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.

Kate Reading is an Audie Award-winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

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  • Publisher : Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (17 September 2006)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 0786168927
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0786168927
  • Item Weight : 163 g
  • Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.91 x 14.61 cm
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