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  • Mildred Pierce | James M. Cain

    Mildred Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    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.

    P. Giorgio says: "Mildred -- you pierce my heart"
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice | James M. Cain

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    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.

    Christopher says: "Tucci's performance of "Postman" is exquisite!"
  • Double Indemnity | James M. Cain

    Double Indemnity

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (104)
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    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1936, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir.

    Marv says: "a solid listen"
  • The Cocktail Waitress | James M. Cain

    The Cocktail Waitress

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
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    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Grieving widow or black widow? The day Joan Medford buried her husband was a fateful one - because before the day was out she'd meet the two men who would change her life forever. Forced to take a job waitressing to support herself and her child, Joan finds herself caught between the handsome young schemer whose touch she comes to crave and the wealthy older man whose touch repels her…but who otherwise would make a tempting husband number two. It's a classic Cain triangle - brutal and sexual and stark - that can only end in death. But for whom, the guilty…or the innocent?

    Stevon says: "interesting"
  • A Bad Woman | James M. Cain

    A Bad Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Film star Sylvia Shoreham is wowing the dusty gambling town and is hell-bent on divorcing her conniving user of a husband, a foreigner with a slick tongue and a heavy accent. But the husband has other ideas, threatening to marry Miss Shoreham's neurotic sister if she divorces him. Hollywood bigwigs want to keep the movie star making the pictures that make them millions. And then there's a gun in the room and a dead husband. Did Sylvia do it? Or was it an elaborate suicide?

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice | James M. Cain

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    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.

    Geoffrey says: "Classic hard boiled thriller"
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