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.
"[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)
This is a fabulous book and the narration is wonderful. Mildred is something else indeed, and not necessarily the Joan Crawford version. Having seen the movie for years, and not having read the book, it was interesting how Mildred came into her own in this book and the Joan Crawford Mildred faded away quickly in my mind.
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.
birds and more birds
I would not listen to this narrator again she sounded breathless and the timing was way off
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
timing was off
I think I will download it for kindle to read, this is a book you can enjoy more than once
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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.
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.
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