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The Postman Always Rings Twice Audiobook

The Postman Always Rings Twice

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Publisher's Summary

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. 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 The Stranger.

©1934 James M. Cain; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A good, swift, violent story." (Dashiell Hammett)

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    Christopher CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 06-25-12
    Christopher CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tucci's performance of "Postman" is exquisite!"

    I have long been a huge fan of James M. Cain, having read several times his best novels: The Postman Always Rings Twice; Double Indemnity; and Mildred Pierce. Stanley Tucci's reading of The Postman Always Rings Twice was absolutely terrific! His intonations, accents, emphases, pauses--every aspect of his performance is spot on, as he catches subtle nuances that a less sensitive reader might easily miss. I cannot overemphasize how satisfying this audio version of Cain's classic novel is. First-rate, in every way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl 09-20-12
    Darryl 09-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Cain always good"

    It's hard to go wrong with this one. good narration. great noir/existential story. a classic and another that i can return to and enjoy many times. Cain is great and look forward to newly discovered Waitress.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 05-22-17
    Stephen 05-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The Postman Always Rings Twice"

    This is another book or movie I have not read or seen, respectively. Since it was short, I took it out of my usual turn of reading and read it. I was surprised by the content. I look forward to seeing the movie on TCM.

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    Jenna S 04-27-17
    Jenna S 04-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Ew"

    The characters are unlikable and detached. The main character's decisions don't make any sense. And the similes, omg... the worst I've heard. 'She looked like the great-grandmother of every whore in the world' is supposed to be sexy? 'Her breasts were two pink splotches?' In addition, there's the typical '30s casual racism and sexism, and the main character exists solely for male fantasies of being a tough-guy drifter who bangs a lot of women.

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    Joan-Archer 12-28-16
    Joan-Archer 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good but frustrating"

    struggled to understand which character was speaking some of the time because of the speaker.

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    Alan J. Vitello Arvada, CO 07-15-16
    Alan J. Vitello Arvada, CO 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Twists, Turns, More Twists, More Turns."

    Good gravy! This short novel features so many twists and turns it's like driving on a curvy mountain road full of switchbacks. Who is the protagonist in this book? No one, but that's the essence of this genre, isn't it.
    Hot dogs? A beer garden? Jungle cats? A crooked lawyer named Katz? A strumpet? A drifter? A swarthy Greek? Car accidents? Check, check and double check! They're all here...and MORE!
    It's as hard boiled and noir as can be. In fact, it just might define both of those categories. Surprisingly, a lot of rather graphic sexual imagery, too, especially since it was originally published in 1934.
    Stanley Tucci's performance is spot on. His voice ties this twisty-turny plot together perfectly. If you don't expect a straight line, beginning-middle-end story, you'll find this audio book well worth your 2-1/2 hours.

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    FCD117 09-13-15
    FCD117 09-13-15
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    "Extremely Well Read Audio Book of a Great Story"

    I really enjoyed this audio book. The Narrator was very professional. The story itself was gripping. If you enjoy the hard boiled, noir type story, this is a fine example.

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    Maurice Peterson New York City 06-16-15
    Maurice Peterson New York City 06-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Good but short"

    This is a great, classic suspense novel. However I was surprised at how short the whole thing turned out to be.

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    Ruban K 06-12-15
    Ruban K 06-12-15
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    "Great story! But reader rushes a bit in the begining."

    This is a really good story.

    The reader was reading a bit too quickly in the initial part of the story, but got better later on. Overall it was worth my money.

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    Connie G St. John, KS. 07-27-13
    Connie G St. John, KS. 07-27-13
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    "Good story."

    I enjoy the story but felt the narration did not help the story in any way. I wish I had read this rather than listen to it. The narrator has little inflection and did not put any emphasis on the dialogue. There was absolutely no emotion in this reading at all. I can't say it was monotone, but it was the next thing to that.

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