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Mildred Pierce | [James M. Cain]

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter.
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Publisher's Summary

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter.

Out of these elements, Cain created a novel (later made into a film noir classic) of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence - and a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.

©1941 James M. Cain; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[James M. Cain is] the poet of the hard-boiled school of the American novel." (Washington Post)
"A novel that, once begun, will almost surely be read to the end....it reflects no codes, no restrictions, and none but the primordial necessities. It is a bath in sensation." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Sandra Edgwwood, NM, United States 03-27-11
    Sandra Edgwwood, NM, United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Dreams can come true"

    I loved the book because even though it takes place during the depression it relates to today. She uses the skill she has to survive. Even when things are going wrong. This book is about life doesn't matter what era it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Ann Turner 03-24-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Good Story---narrator ???"

    The narrator was way too loud at times. After some time you seemed to not notice it but then there it was back again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 06-15-14
    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2010

    birds and more birds

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    "interesting story terrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from James M. Cain and/or Christine Williams?

    I would not listen to this narrator again she sounded breathless and the timing was way off


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mildred Pierce?

    truly enjoyed the story big difference from the movie but that was what made it fun, they sure made it vanilla and innocent for the movie


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    timing was off


    Any additional comments?

    I think I will download it for kindle to read, this is a book you can enjoy more than once

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura hurst, TX, United States 03-26-12
    Laura hurst, TX, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2010

    I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.

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    "Ho Hum"

    reading this book was part of my american literature college course. i read a lot of books, but this was just not my cup of tea. i can see how it was controversial when published and the scandals that mildred would have caused. but the plot line was almost too predictable and for me, "just there". i appreciate that it is well written for its time, and considered a classic, but it is just not for me. good performance by the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 03-19-11
    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 03-19-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Disturbing"

    I found nothing to like about the story and the characters were horrible. I wanted to hear a story about a woman who succeeded through hard work and dedication. It was disappointing to listen to a story about how very trashy women and men can be.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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