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Laura | [Vera Caspary]

Laura

Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charmsnot even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Lauras death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.
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Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms, not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura's death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.

Laura won lasting renown as an Academy Award-nominated 1944 film, the greatest noir romance of all time. Vera Caspary's equally haunting novel is remarkable for its stylish, hardboiled writing, its electrifying plot twists, and its darkly complex characters - including a woman who stands as the ultimate femme fatale.

©1942, 1943 Vera Caspary (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Judith West Hartford, CT 07-10-10
    Judith West Hartford, CT 07-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "I like this a lot."

    I have always loved the 1940's movie of Laura with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews and several years ago it prompted me to read the original novel, which is a bit dated but still quite a good read. This is a very creditable audio version. The novel is told from several different points of view and it works well with the multiple readers. My only small criticisms are that Laura's voice is a bit more girlish than the one I hear in my head when I read the novel and Shelby didn't have any trace of a Southern accent. But Waldo Lydecker and Mark McPherson are perfect. I recommend this. I'm already on my second listen.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Parkwood, Australia 10-05-11
    Maria Parkwood, Australia 10-05-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautifully written"

    This story is long. As with most murder mysteries, it is a temptation to want to race through and get to the conclusion. Be patient and wallow in the character descriptions and insights that are outstanding.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    HIYBRID United States 02-06-12
    HIYBRID United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Ultimate who-done-it"
    Would you listen to Laura again? Why?

    Yes. The characters are all classic. This is what mystery drama shoud be.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was excellent. The range of characters portrayed make this reader an actors actor. Bravo!


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

    Don't reveal the ending


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty South Texas 11-19-12
    Ms. Patty South Texas 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the movie, enjoyed the book even more"
    If you could sum up Laura in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, trusting, intelligent


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dinner scene between Mark and Waldo.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was. However, I used it as an incentive to take my morning walk while listening. For that reason, I keprt my listen to about an hour each day.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the book because I always enjoyed the movie and thought I would just relive that experience. It was, however, much more with twists and turns not in the movie.It kept my interest, even though I knew the basic story plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 05-18-14
    Donna 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun romp!"

    I bought this book on a whim, since I am normally obsessed with English history. But, it turned out to be real fun! A good romp through a 40's detective novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas D. Johnson Los Angeles, CA 08-13-12
    Thomas D. Johnson Los Angeles, CA 08-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Sadly Dated"

    This is a rare case of the movie being much better than the book (Sideways is another). The writing is sadly dated -- stilted, artificial dialogue, annoyingly precious and two-dimensional characters. The narrators, all good readers, do their best with the material, but they couldn't save it. I actually couldn't finish this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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