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Publisher's Summary

When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain. From the author of The Maltese Falcon.

©1929, 1956 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc, Dashiell Hammett. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO

Critic Reviews

"Dashiell Hammett is an original. He is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer." ( Boston Globe)

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Great story, great narration, terrible reccording

If you could sum up Red Harvest in three words, what would they be?

Bad audio engineer

What did you like best about this story?

Tight, complex, hard-boiled noir/detective thriller. Classic Dashiell Hammett.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

Maybe. His narration and voice-acting is great. But there is this audio artifact from the recording where a lot of initial consonants are cut off, probably from an improperly-adjusted noise-gate. So for example, the words "she" and "he" both come out pronounced "E". This is distracting, and it also makes it hard to follow some of what is going on.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The Op takes the case.

Where does Red Harvest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Red Harvest is a the one of the best action audiobooks I Listened to so far

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Op is my second most favorite detective Hammett ever wrote. Right after Sam Spade.

Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened him do Hammett other Op story, The Dain Curse. His performance in this audio was better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes this was one those books.

Any additional comments?

Hammett writes the best stories. They also make great audiobooks.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Yojimbo in Baltimore

Tough-guy noir bloodbath as The Continental Op takes down the entire corrupt city of Personville (based, I'm told, on Baltimore, a city that Hammett deeply loathed.) Fun, fast-moving, with lots of snappy dialogue--and, to my mind, better written than The Glass Key. Just stay alert--there are a lot of names to keep track of.

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It's not Yojimbo

But it's just as good. Think film noir. It is a great gangster story from a century ago.

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Interestingly, The Op nevers quotes Ezekiel 25:17.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it, but with the caveat that while this is a good hardboiled novel, listeners wanting to introduce themselves to Hammett should go for "The Maltese Falcon" read by William Dufris.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Harvest?

There is one point where The Op gets into a car with some gangsters and, going to another gangster's building, firebombs it like the Rojos in "A Fistful Of Dollars". The whole thing gloriously devolves into huge gunfight in the street.

The Continental Op is, like, the most hardboiled dude in the universe. Before this, I've only listened to Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Glass Key", and The Op leaves Sam Spade and Ned Beaumont in the dust.

What aspect of Richard Ferrone’s performance would you have changed?

There were a couple points in the reading where I believed Ferrone was misinterpreting character dialogue. I also think, but am not sure, that at one point he got voices mixed up.

Other than that, I liked him. His gravelly first-person narration adds yet another level of hardboiled to this already ridiculously hardboiled book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Reading this after the (relatively) restrained "Falcon" and "Key", I was delighted at just how over-the-top the story is. If memory serves, less than ten people die in "Falcon" and in "Key". Here, I wouldn't be surprised if the body count hits fifty. Even The Op seems surprised by it all, given his worries at going "Blood Simple."

Any additional comments?

In my mind, Hammett essentially took a B-story idea and elevated it with good plotting, prose, and dialogue. This really is a fun book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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boring... too many characters

boring... too many characters and too many plot twists that just dead end. very disappointing.

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Gritty Noir

Would you consider the audio edition of Red Harvest to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is better than the print edition. Richard Ferrone's voice characterizations were excellent for the large cast of wise guys, coppers and dames.

What did you like best about this story?

Red Harvest has the same feel as Maltese Falcon from a mystery perspective, but it is a much grittier, violent story. The self confidence and self doubt of the main character both humanizes him and makes him seem alien at the same time.

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Hard-boiled

A good hard boiled sounding narrator. Confusing plot, but compelling in a gritty way, nonetheless.

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Stands up

Written in 1929 the plot and characters still hold up .
Narrator well matched and smooth.
Great period slang still sounds alive, excellent delivery.

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Pile 'em high!

Listening to this I tried to figure who left more dead bodies in his wake: Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns, Shakespeare in Titus Andronicus, or Hammett in Red Harvest. Hobson's choice. After a while I lost track of the characters. They came, they bled, they dropped and they were forgotten. Repeat. And repeat. Competently recited by Richard Ferrone.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful