The Magician

Read by Delmar H Dolbier

(4.3 stars; 73 reviews)

The Magician is a novel by British author W. Somerset Maugham, originally published in 1908. In this tale, the magician Oliver Haddo, a caricature of Aleister Crowley, attempts to create life. Crowley wrote a critique of this book under the pen name Oliver Haddo, where he accused Maugham of plagiarism. Maugham wrote The Magician in London, after he had spent some time living in Paris, where he met Aleister Crowley. The novel was later republished with a foreword by Maugham entitled A Fragment of Autobiography. (Wikipedia) (7 hr 57 min)


00 - A FRAGMENT OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY 13:34 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
01 - CHAPTER ONE 16:32 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
02 - CHAPTER TWO 19:15 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
03 - CHAPTER THREE 38:06 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
04 - CHAPTER FOUR 17:11 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
05 - CHAPTER FIVE 38:22 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
06 - CHAPTER SIX 16:06 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
07 - CHAPTER SEVEN 34:58 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
08 - CHAPTER EIGHT 45:09 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
09 - CHAPTER NINE 33:51 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
10 - CHAPTER TEN 22:55 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
11 - CHAPTER ELEVEN 31:52 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
12 - CHAPTER TWELVE 31:59 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
13 - CHAPTER THIRTEEN 31:41 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
14 - CHAPTER FOURTEEN 29:09 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
15 - CHAPTER FIFTEEN 15:39 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
16 - CHAPTER SIXTEEN 40:51 Read by Delmar H Dolbier


A good book

(4 stars)

A little more drama than I normally like but an engaging story none the less. I anticipated certain twists to the story line but was pleasantly deceived when twists did not turn as I thought they would. However the author, in the last chapter, gave a clue to the finale that could have been omitted. Still, it was an interesting book. I also liked that there were only 4 main characters. Much easily to follow the story. I enjoy this reader's works and seek him out. It will be sad when I have made it through all his books.

(4 stars)

what an unexpected book from Maugham. entirely surprising. thank you very much for the great read!! not my favorite Maugham book but a valuable one nonetheless

Amazing Narration

(5 stars)

One of the best readers on this site; amazingly talented. I think the reviewer below needs to get their ears checked...

Quite Something

(5 stars)

This is truly a delightful presentation. The reader obviously knows his craft. The reading is rich in texture, mood and character through and through. At once the listener is impelled from the act of hearing the story, to seeing it vividly blossom. A hearty "well-done," and the highest of recommendations. Vamelo

a "ripping yarn "

(4 stars)

a true melodrama that keeps up a good pace. Was disappointed in the ending - leaves some strands unexplained but then, it is a mystery. Excellently narrated. Good to hear the different languages pronounced properly

Good gothic tale, excellent reading.

(5 stars)

The narrative let me down a little toward the end only in that it I thought it would be more interesting had it not stayed within the genre so much. But I still liked it and much credit to the reader who was excellent.

The Magician

(5 stars)

in the introduction the reader continuqlly mispronounced Crowley's name. Crowley rhymes with holy.

This is a decent work

(3 stars)

The narration is good however, about halfway through the text the narrator begins to sharply whistle all his "S" noises. The whistling is so sharp as to hurt the ear at times and makes continued listening quite aggravating.