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The Maltese Falcon (Dramatized) | [Dashiell Hammett]

The Maltese Falcon (Dramatized)

The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929. Almost immediately it was acknowledged, not only as a great crime novel, but as an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. Sam Spade, its protagonist, is the archetypal tough, cynical P.I., "able," as his creator explained, "to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander or client." And what a client!
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The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929. Almost immediately it was acknowledged, not only as a great crime novel, but as an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. Sam Spade, its protagonist, is the archetypal tough, cynical P.I., "able," as his creator explained, "to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander or client."

And what a client! - the irresistible and treacherous femme fatale Brigid O'Shaughnessy.

Believing the book's vividly drawn characters and memorable dialogue cry out for theatrical treatment, Blackstone Audio commissioned this faithful dramatization by the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear, in which a brilliant cast brings to life all the excitement and suspense of Hammett's original in the playhouse of the mind.

©1957 Dashiell Hammett; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hammett's prose [is] clean and entirely unique. His characters [are] as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction." (The New York Times)

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    "Why no third-party narrator????"

    I purchased this book because it was noted as the "best dramatization of 2008". The actors did a great job, but for some reason the director has the actors doing their own narration. Do I really want to hear Iva's character tell me about her supple breasts?? The story was great, but the narration is extremely distracting. A very unfortunate choice for an otherwise great listen.

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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 01-05-13
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    "Entertaining, but needed a third-person narrator"

    I was really excited by the cast of this audiobook, and they perform very well - especially Michael Madsen, but there's one cast member missing - a third-person narrator. Hearing the cast describe themselves (using Hammett's inimitable style) is slightly strange, and would have been better in the voice of someone else (even if only to make it clear it wasn't dialogue!).

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    Kyle McCarley Reseda, CA, United States 03-01-11
    Kyle McCarley Reseda, CA, United States 03-01-11

    Voice over actor with four audiobooks currently available on Audible. Strongly recommend picking up The Greenstone Grail. Enjoy!

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    Great performances on a classic story that make the whole thing incredibly riveting. It's a tiny bit off-putting to hear the few sections of narration in the voices of the characters, but beyond that, a completely flawless production.

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    I found this a great listen. I enjoyed it more than the bbc radio version. Well recommended.

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