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A Kiss Before Dying | [Ira Levin]

A Kiss Before Dying

Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.
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A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder. Compellingly, step by determined step, the novel follows this young man in his execution of one plan he had neither dreamed nor foreseen. Nor does he foresee how inexorably he will be enmeshed in the consequences of his own extreme deed.

©1953 Ira Levin (P)2011 AudioGO

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    Liked this story. Kept me interested and involved. Never felt it was dated.

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    Kim Weiner 07-18-14
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    "A hidden masterpiece"
    What did you love best about A Kiss Before Dying?

    Considering it was written in 1954, it feels very modern. The character development is excellent, and you feel like it all makes sense. Very suspenseful. If you listen while driving, you might get a speeding ticket like me!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Too bad that the films that were made of this book were not good. It would be a great movie if you stick to the text!


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    Kathrin Greenville SC 07-11-14
    Kathrin Greenville SC 07-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    This story was written in the 50s and feels timeless and modern still. It keeps the reader thinking and engaged the whole time, trying to figure it out along with the main character.

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-07-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    I really enjoyed this book. The plot takes place in the early 50's and you can tell by the mannerisms and details of the scenes. I liked the speed of the book and could imagine the time period to make it believable. It is fun to think how this murder mystery could not have even happened in today's time with all the social media and the internet. The characters were so close, yet they didn't know each other... not gonna happen today. Anyway, I think you should try the book and it is worth a credit even though I paid 1.95 on the daily deal. There is some explicit language (minor compared to today's stuff) and some fornication, but no sexual immorality detailed out. The narration was excellent and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.

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    Remdawg Fan Massachusetts, USA 06-28-14
    Remdawg Fan Massachusetts, USA 06-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story With Great Narration"

    A Kiss Before Dying is a terrifically well-written mystery story. It held my interest from start to finish. I agree with the positive reviews in Audible. I highly recommend it.

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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 06-25-14
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A dated novel needn't seem dated"
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    A great murder mystery, which begins by telling you who done it then proceeds to confuse you as to just exactly who that is. In the final telling, the young women of this family do seem a little short on common sense or at least caution in their relationships, but still a good read.

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    F. Parker 06-15-14
    F. Parker 06-15-14 Member Since 2014

    I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

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    "Intricately woven thriller!"

    What do three college age daughters of a copper magnate and a handsome young man have in common? Could it have something to do with another handsome young man who doesn’t give up! And who is whom?

    This is an intricately woven thriller! And no stone is left unturned.

    I have to say, I read this book every free minute I could find, and then some!

    I will be looking at other books by Ira Levin. He has become one of my favorite storytellers.

    This was one of several of exceptional books by Ira Levin. Movie lovers will know his works – including this one A Kiss Before Dying as well as, Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, etc. He is also very well known for his award winning play, Deathtrap. Levin’s best-known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and brought Levin his second Edgar Award. In 1982, it was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.

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