Classic hard-boiled detective fiction. A fun, enjoyable listen, but after a while, I realized that what I really wanted to do was see the film again.
The plot gets pretty tangled, but suffice it to say that the main character hard-drinking private eye with a tangled personal life, pretty women who aren't in nearly as much distress as you might think and various bad guys, all chasing after a valuable statuette. Everyone smokes, everyone drinks and everyone seems to carry a shooter.
The film adaptation was pretty faithful to the book...the book is a little more fleshed out (a few more characters, a few more minor subplots), but--really--if you've seen the movie, you've experienced the story plus Humphrey Bogart (and Syndey Greenstreet and Peter Lorre and Mary Astor and...).
William Dufris' narration is good and interesting...with the exception of Sam Spade, Dufris captures the voices and intonations of many of the characters as they appeared in the movie (e.g. Joel Cairo's speech sounds a lot like Peter Lorre's interpretation, ditto Capsar Gutman and Syndey Greenstreet). It is well done.
If you enjoy this genre or you are a Sam Spade fan, you will enjoy this read. The narrator was good and sounds as if he saw the film version more than once, but doesn?t go overboard with it. You that Sydney Greenstreet voice for Gutman, but he isn?t wrapped up in trying to do Bogart.
It is well worth the price and one I would enjoy listening to again.
The book is so well written and this could of been a great audio book.
I thought the reader was the worse I ever heard. He uses these crazy exaggerated voices. His high pitched voices and over acting for the female characters is the most annoying. His joel Cairo is a cartoon impression of Peter Lorre. Same with Sydney Greenstreet.
For my tastes it was just too distracting and ruined a great story.
Dashiell Hammett's writing style is so refreshing compared to modern writers. His descriptions, such as those of the Fat Man's "Bulbs jiggling" when he moved, are not something one hears today. Imagine that, a book written in 1930 is refreshing. The book was non-stop action.
This is a classic story. The reader chose to mimic some of the character's voices from the famous movie with Humphrey Bogart. His voicing of Peter Lorre was great! Well worth listening to.
This is a wonderful adaptation from a great film. Dashiell Hammett is a born storyteller, with a true sense of all his characters, he takes you there seamlessly. Highly recommend.
Really bad. A shoot-em-up detective story with a plot with holes in it you could drive a semi-trailer through. The hero is indistructable and unconvincing. There isn't any redeaming features about this story.