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The Postman Always Rings Twice | [James M. Cain]

The Postman Always Rings Twice

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution; a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.
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Publisher's Summary

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution; a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

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.

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"A good, swift, violent story." (Dashiell Hammett)

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-20-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-20-12
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    "Cain always good"

    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.

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    Christopher CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 06-25-12
    Christopher CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 06-25-12
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    "Tucci's performance of "Postman" is exquisite!"

    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.

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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 07-27-13
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 07-27-13
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    "Good story."

    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.

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    stephen Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-25-13
    stephen Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-25-13
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    If you could sum up The Postman Always Rings Twice in three words, what would they be?

    Disjointed
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I loved it. I bought it completely and deeply enjoyed it.


    Which character – as performed by Stanley Tucci – was your favorite?

    The Greek's wife was really impressive.


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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 12-19-12
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 12-19-12

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    "Wickedly fun and well narrated"

    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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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-25-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-25-12

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "pretty good book"
    If you could sum up The Postman Always Rings Twice in three words, what would they be?

    scheeming, deceitful, lowlifes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    i felt it was too rushed. that there could have been more details in the last part of the book. it was ok i guess.


    Which character – as performed by Stanley Tucci – was your favorite?

    nick


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all the lying and scheeming sort of made me wonder what did the two protagonists see in each other anyway?


    Any additional comments?

    the book was not as good as the movie. i rarely say this. but it was enjoyable.

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