First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger.
©1934 James M. Cain; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"A good, swift, violent story." (Dashiell Hammett)
I have long been a huge fan of James M. Cain, having read several times his best novels: The Postman Always Rings Twice; Double Indemnity; and Mildred Pierce. Stanley Tucci's reading of The Postman Always Rings Twice was absolutely terrific! His intonations, accents, emphases, pauses--every aspect of his performance is spot on, as he catches subtle nuances that a less sensitive reader might easily miss. I cannot overemphasize how satisfying this audio version of Cain's classic novel is. First-rate, in every way.
It's hard to go wrong with this one. good narration. great noir/existential story. a classic and another that i can return to and enjoy many times. Cain is great and look forward to newly discovered Waitress.
Good gravy! This short novel features so many twists and turns it's like driving on a curvy mountain road full of switchbacks. Who is the protagonist in this book? No one, but that's the essence of this genre, isn't it.
Hot dogs? A beer garden? Jungle cats? A crooked lawyer named Katz? A strumpet? A drifter? A swarthy Greek? Car accidents? Check, check and double check! They're all here...and MORE!
It's as hard boiled and noir as can be. In fact, it just might define both of those categories. Surprisingly, a lot of rather graphic sexual imagery, too, especially since it was originally published in 1934.
Stanley Tucci's performance is spot on. His voice ties this twisty-turny plot together perfectly. If you don't expect a straight line, beginning-middle-end story, you'll find this audio book well worth your 2-1/2 hours.
I really enjoyed this audio book. The Narrator was very professional. The story itself was gripping. If you enjoy the hard boiled, noir type story, this is a fine example.
This is a great, classic suspense novel. However I was surprised at how short the whole thing turned out to be.
This is a really good story.
The reader was reading a bit too quickly in the initial part of the story, but got better later on. Overall it was worth my money.
I enjoy the story but felt the narration did not help the story in any way. I wish I had read this rather than listen to it. The narrator has little inflection and did not put any emphasis on the dialogue. There was absolutely no emotion in this reading at all. I can't say it was monotone, but it was the next thing to that.
I loved it. I bought it completely and deeply enjoyed it.
The Greek's wife was really impressive.
Ce n'est pas grave!
I liked everything about this dark story with lots of twists and turns in the plot. I am new to this author and highly recommend him to someone who would like discovering a new author. All four of Cain's audiobooks that I have heard have the uncanny trait of outstanding narration. I wish other book narraters were as expertly chosen.
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