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The Colonel's Lady

Written by: William Somerset Maugham
Narrated by: Ralph Richardson,Mariel Forbes
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Publisher's Summary

W. Somerset Maugham's The Colonel's Lady was first published in 1946. Ralph Richardson plays Colonel George Peregrine who lives in Warwickshire with his wife Evie, played by Mariel Forbes, Richardson's own wife. Little does he suspect that she is a successful author when the post brings a book of poems.

"Theatre Royal" is a series of radio dramas owned and restored by Heritage Media, part of the Divine Art Recordings Group. First broadcast in 1953-4, it was the only radio series in which Laurence Olivier played dramatic roles. Other leading actors included John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles, Margaret Lockwood, Alec Guinness, Robet Donat and Trevor Howard.

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  • Carolina Customer
  • 10-09-22

Delightfully Deceiving

A short wise tale of a wife's perspective, relationships enduring the long passage time, and her deep longing for their lost intimacy.

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  • WG Maverick
  • 02-07-22

Use headphones to hear

Quick, poignant, very short story. Fully captures the bloody awful male/female dynamics of it's time. Nice twist at the end.

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  • I. T. Pereira
  • 11-12-21

Why change the ending?

The short story is wonderful, a masterpiece of storytelling. I have read it in two different books, and it ends with George's comment/question "what in the name of heaven did the fellow see in her?". I don't understand why they added that final scene. It made absolutely no sense to me, and felt like a nubbin.

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  • Family Wilson-Haynes
  • 22-04-21

The music was as bad as a toothache!

This was painful to listen to I love Maugham and the story was totally spoiled by music that grated the nerves like chalk screaming down a blackboard