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The Thin Man | [Dashiell Hammett]

The Thin Man

Enjoy this classic mystery on its 75th anniversary! The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities.
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Publisher's Summary

Enjoy this classic mystery on its 75th anniversary! The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client.

Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities and cold-blooded murder.

©1934 Alfred A. Knopf. Copyright renewed 1961, 1962 by Dashiell Hammett. All rights reserved.; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Shelley M. Mather CADOTT, WI, United States 07-07-11
    Shelley M. Mather CADOTT, WI, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Story is classic. Recording? Not so much."

    This is a classic noir story and Dashiell Hammett is a master of the genre. The actor doesn't do a bad job. His tone is a bit sarcastic but I credit that to artistic license. My biggest complaint is that the entire last chapter is missing from this unabridged recording. How unfortunate. It's a good thing I have the printed copy too.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-08-13
    David 01-08-13
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    "RECORDING IS DEFECTIVE! MISSING SEVEN CHAPTERS!"
    Would you try another book from Dashiell Hammett and/or William Dufris?

    THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ISSUE. THIS RECORDING IS DEFECTIVE!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ISSUE. THIS RECORDING IS DEFECTIVE!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ISSUE. THIS RECORDING IS DEFECTIVE!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ANGER ABOUT THE DEFECTIVE RECORDING.


    Any additional comments?

    This recording is defective. It's missing seven chapters of the book. I reported this to Audible in October, 2012, and they still haven't corrected it. AND THEY STILL ARE OFFERING THE DEFECTIVE RECORDING FOR SALE! If you look at other comments, you can see that the defect has existed at least since July, 2011. AND YET AUDIBLE CONTINUES TO OFFER THE DEFECTIVE BOOK TO ITS UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS! Do I seem angry? Well, I am. I love the idea of Audible, but my experience with this book and their cavalier attitude and inadequate customer service has completely undermined my confidence in the accuracy and completeness of their recordings.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    J.C. 12-03-12
    J.C. 12-03-12
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    "Defective recording is missing 7 chapters"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A complete recording.


    What could Dashiell Hammett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not the fault of the author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The parts that were not missing were excellent.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    faithfulreader 11-29-14
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    "Bad performance ruins classic"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    To the rnarrator Put some thought into what kind of impression you want to give of the first-person narrator before you start talking. the narrator uses elegant language; don't sound like a careless slob.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn WATERFORD, MI, United States 11-04-11
    Kathryn WATERFORD, MI, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The reader ruins it."

    I love this book but every female voice is made unbearable whiny, even Nora's. Many of the male characters sound cartoonish. I know this is noir and there is meant to be a lot of color but the reader makes it hard to listen to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Arie 03-04-13
    Arie 03-04-13
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    "Couldn't finish"

    It may be because I watched the movie before listening/reading the book, but I really had a hard time with this story: boring with borderline creepy; and the narrator did nothing to help. I couldn't finish it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I listened to more than half and quit."

    I couldn’t stay interested. There were several different characters. I couldn't remember who was who and who did what. It's first person Nick, a retired private eye investigating a murder. He talks to many people. My mind kept wandering. It might have been better if I read it instead of listened. It was made into a successful movie. The movie studio then asked the author to write a sequel movie script using the same characters. It was written in 1933. It fit the needs of the public at that time.

    The narrator William Dufris was not the best. He used weird voices for some characters. He sounded like an effeminate gay guy for some of the women. Other male narrators are better at doing women.

    Genre: PI mystery

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    robert 09-21-14
    robert 09-21-14
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    "an absolout joy !"
    Where does The Thin Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this as much as anything I have listened to in years. The writing is a pleasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rye humor


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    the pace and timing


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

    ahhh .... sorry, the film of this book was made, maybe 75 years ago and a remake would be almost sacrilegious (and certainly redundant at best) given the quality of the original


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Mesa, AZ, United States 06-26-12
    Meredith Mesa, AZ, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "eeehhh"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Better intro and ending


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dashiell Hammett again?

    i don't know, if it came highly recommended


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s voice?

    the lady's voices were hard to take in, great on the male


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Melchor 12-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Well done. Compelling listening"
    Would you listen to The Thin Man again? Why?

    I wish there were more stories available from this author.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dashiell Hammett? Why or why not?

    Absolutely yes


    Which character ??? as performed by William Dufris ??? was your favorite?

    All. He is very good at playing multiple characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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