An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution; a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.
First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir and regarded as one of the most important crime novels of the 20th century. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for L’Etranger.
James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War I, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920s. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977.
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"Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, and not even Raymond Chandler." (Tom Wolfe)
"A good, swift, violent story." (Dashiell Hammett)
Fast pace,exciting twists and turns,great dialogue and plot.
First Trial scene
End of first trial twist with lawyer Katz.
Great story,real characters told by the chief proponent in his own street style and no waffling around with needless dialogue and scenes.
Of shorter books I've listen to this is the best.
I don't want to give anything away! Everything about this book is memorable, it's a really enjoyable listen.
Excellent voice, loved him! Want to hear more of him.
Again don't want to give anything away! The end was very moving.
Excellent book! Would listen again.
"A brilliantly clever short piece."
Absolutely. Not only is it well constructed, it is also well read. I very much enjoyed listening to it - it is certainly one of those books you can listen to time and time again.
It is a good story, but I felt it could have done with more description and background. I'm still trying to work out what the postman had to do with it!
No, because it didn't interest me enough
Stanly Tucci seemed to be racing through the narration. I thought the story needed a slower pace to go with the atmosphere of the book.
No because I found I did not care very much about the main characters.
"Loved this book. One of the best short listens!"
Yes i would. The narration of this audiobook is very well performed and truly brings the story to life. There is real grit in this story and the reader brings this into focus expertly.
The lead character is actually my favourite character in this story. I try to love all the characters, in stories like this, equally, as there is enough meat in each of their back stories and personalities to do so. With the postman rings twice, however, i was completely drawn in, just as everyone else in the story was, by our leading man.
His subtle tone and tempo changes for each of the characters is stunning. I admit that he is not my favourite narrator, but he does a fantastic job of performing this particular piece. He has grit and style which resonates very well with these dark characters and scenarios.
Yes. It is short, which helped me to do so, but i did in fact listen to this entire audiobook over the space of one day; which is a rarity for me.
I would strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys psychological, intelligent books and to those who enjoy the works of literary giants like Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski.
"Dark, Disturbing and Ambiguous"
An young drifter narrates this dark,gritty and brief tale. Frank should be abhorrent, but by the end of the story I wanted things to work out for him and found it hard to be sure whether he was villain or victim. It is a skilful writer who can make the reader side with someone who is amoral at best. Frank arrives at a roadside diner, catches a glimpse of unhappy, provocative Cora and almost on a whim accepts a job with her husband Nick. Before long, Frank and Cora begin a passionate and intense affair and Nick becomes an inconvenience to be dealt with. As Frank is the story teller, I found I did not care about Nick as much as I knew I should have, given that he was the innocent party. There is a sense of impending tragedy from the start and Frank is strangely passive and accepting of his lot. This is not exactly enjoyable which is why I have not given it 5 stars, but it is thought provoking, challenging and well read. I understand that it is based on a real life court case.
Not what I was expecting at all. Hailed as the first noir, it is certainly a black and bleak tale but with a very engaging narrator and rouge.
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