• The Postman Always Rings Twice

  • By: James M. Cain
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (465 ratings)

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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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Underwhelming

This book did not age well. It may have been regarded as important and novel in its time, but the blatant racism and lack of character complexity leaves much to be desired. The characters are flat, two-dimensional parodies of who they were supposed to represent. This book had lots of reviews in the noir circle that made me want to give it a go, but I found it underwhelming at best. Admittedly, the narration is a great example of the noir genre, but I expected more depth.

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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.

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Hard to Follow Performace

Never read the book and haven’t seen the movie version yet. I enjoyed the story, but Stanley Tucci doesn’t give a great performance of the material. Another reviewer already commented it was hard to tell a lot of the time who was talking. He gives accents to two of the characters, but the two main ones, male and female, talk back and forth a lot and there is no different of inflection between the two.

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Wow!

I was amazed at how brief, but packed this book was...I had heard about it for years, but never read it..Sparse, evocative, brutal and heart-wrenching...Stanley Gucci gave a no-nonsense, expert reading..no frills, straight to the bone...Noir at it's best...I'll be reading the rest of McCain...

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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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Great quick read

Great quick read! The narrator had a bit too much volume variation and it made it impossible to listen without constantly adjusting the volume up and down. He also didn’t do a voice change for the woman which made it hard to keep up with who was talking during dialogue. Other than that, it’s one you can’t put down till it’s done!

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Worth a Read

Groundbreaking for its time but a little underwhelming when viewed through a modern lens.

Chain of events transpired excessively fast but made for a short read.

Narration was adequate but sometimes hard to follow who's talking; also couldn't understand the words on a few occasions.

Reminds me of a Micky Spillane novel but from the criminal's perspective.

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Excellent- kept me guessing

Better than the movie! James Cain and Stanley Tucci: Doesn’t get any better than this!! Interesting how this novella evokes such emotions - ups and downs, twists and turns, good and evil, and one wonders how can this possibly end well? It simply does. This short work packs a powerful punch.

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Cheese!

I found the main characters, Frank and Cora, obnoxiously stupid. I pretended that I was listening to the narrative of a room-temperature-IQ criminal's diary. It helped make it into an unintentional comedy. Good reading, though.