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  • The Maltese Falcon | Dashiell Hammett

    The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2149)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (1986)

    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
  • The Maltese Falcon (Dramatized) | Dashiell Hammett

    The Maltese Falcon (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929. Almost immediately it was acknowledged, not only as a great crime novel, but as an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. Sam Spade, its protagonist, is the archetypal tough, cynical P.I., "able," as his creator explained, "to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander or client." And what a client!

    Emily says: "Entertaining, but needed a third-person narrator"
  • Audio Archive Presents Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man': A LUX Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary | Dashiell Hammett

    Audio Archive Presents Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man': A LUX Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy, Bill Mills
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Here is the classic 60-minute Lux Radio Theater adaptation of the 1930s movie hit, recreated with the original film stars and director! This Audio Archive feature presentation delivers William Powell and Myrna Loy, who reprise thei roles as Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated lovers at the heart of Dashiell Hammett's immortal romantic-mystery masterpiece, The Thin Man.

    paula says: "Doesn't get any better"
  • The Glass Key | Dashiell Hammett

    The Glass Key

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett’s tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett invented the noir crime novel.

    Darwin8u says: "Pacing Quick & Plot was Goldilocks"
  • The Maltese Falcon | Dashiell Hammett

    The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (538)

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"
  • Return of the Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett

    Return of the Thin Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Nicola Barber, Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett’s last - and most successful - novel. Following the enormous success of The Thin Man movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas for the films that became After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man.

    Linda says: "Interesting change"
  • Red Harvest | Dashiell Hammett

    Red Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (233)

    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.

    yep says: "Great story, great narration, terrible reccording"
  • The Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett

    The Thin Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    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.

    Shelley M. Mather says: "Story is classic. Recording? Not so much."
  • The Adventures of Sam Spade: Lawless | Dashiell Hammett,William Spier

    The Adventures of Sam Spade: Lawless

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett, William Spier
    • Narrated By Howard Duff, Lurene Tuttle, Stephen Dunne
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    No bigger fad swept across postwar radio than that of the hard-boiled private detective - and nobody had more fun with their wink-and-nudge take on the genre than the producers, writers, and cast of The Adventures of Sam Spade. Dashiell Hammett's legendary private eye had a sardonic sense of humor, which wavy-haired, rugged-voiced Howard Duff played to perfection.

    JAS says: "One of the best Radio Detectives"
  • The Dain Curse | Dashiell Hammett

    The Dain Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    The Continental Op is a short, squat, and utterly unsentimental tank of a private detective. Miss Gabrielle Dain Leggett is young, wealthy, and a devotee of morphine and religious cults. She has an unfortunate effect on the people around her: they have a habit of dying violently. Is Gabrielle the victim of a family curse? Or is the truth about her weirder and infinitely more dangerous? The Dain Curse is one of the Continental Op's most bizarre cases, and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.

    Darwin8u says: "A Literary IMPOSSIBLE bottle."
  • A Sam Spade Audio Double-Feature Starring Howard Duff, Volume 1 | Dashiell Hammett

    A Sam Spade Audio Double-Feature Starring Howard Duff, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Bill Mills, Howard Duff
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    This Audio Archive presentation of The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, contains two complete, 30 minute,Sam Spade radio shows. Each episode is introduced by old radio aficionado and collector Bill Mills, who shares interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes and informative facts about the program and its stars.

    cpk says: "Actual shows from the days of radio theater."
  • The Fat Man and the Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett,Milton Lewis

    The Fat Man and the Thin Man

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett, Milton Lewis
    • Narrated By J. Scott Smart, William Powell, Les Damon, and others
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    J. Scott Smart stars as "The Fat Man", Brad Runyon, the stout-but-stalwart investigator who was first conceived as an arch villain in Hammett's classic novel The Maltese Falcon. Charismatic and captivating, Runyon has a way with the ladies, in spite of his 237 pounds. Nick Charles, "The Thin Man", was played on radio by William Powell, Les Damon, and Les Tremayne. Cases seem to fall in to Nick's lap...often dropped there by his wife, Nora (played by Myrna Loy and Claudia Morgan).

  • Black Mask 1: Doors in the Dark - and Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine | Otto Penzler (editor),Keith Alan Deutsch,Erle Stanley Gardner,Dashiell Hammett,George Harmon Coxe,Frederick Nebel,Lester Dent

    Black Mask 1: Doors in the Dark - and Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Keith Alan Deutsch, Erle Stanley Gardner, and others
    • Narrated By Eric Conger, Oliver Wyman, Alan Sklar, and others
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Never before in audio, these vintage stories are the darkest of the dark, and the best of the best.

    Crime fiction fans old and new will delight in rediscovering these taut, character-rich, heart-stopping tales, now on audio for the first time.

    Martti says: "Stuck a knife in my heart"
  • After the Thin Man: A One-Hour Lux Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary | Dashiell Hammett

    After the Thin Man: A One-Hour Lux Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy, Bill Mills
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    After The Thin Man combines crime, kisses and cocktails in the second "Thin Man" adventure! Here is the classic "Lux Radio Theater" performance of the 1936 movie hit "After The Thin Man", recreated in 1940, as a 60 minute radio adaptation with the original film stars! This Audio Archive "Feature Presentation" delivers William Powell and Myrna Loy who reprise their original roles as newly retired detective Nick Charles, and his beautiful (and wealthy) bride Nora.

    Boii says: "Awesom"
  • The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two | Dashiell Hammett

    The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Howard Duff, Steve Dunne
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Steely. Seasoned. Smart-alecky. The storied San Francisco snooper is back! Share the exciting exploits of Dashiell Hammett's famous gumshoe through this thrilling 6-hour collection. Featuring all of the episodes from both our Volume One and Volume Two collections, Howard Duff and Steve Dunne star as Sam Spade in 12 madcap capers from 1946 - 1951. As crass as he is charismatic, this dynamic detective attracts a curious clientele - gentlemen who tend to drop dead and ladies who are drop-dead gorgeous.

    Jean G. Zorn says: "Bring Back Howard Duff"
  • Radio Crimes: The Maltese Falcon | Dashiell Hammett

    Radio Crimes: The Maltese Falcon

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Tom Wilkinson, Jane Lapotaire, Peter Vaughan, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It's San Francisco, 1928, and Sam Spade is a wisecracking, womanising Private Investigator. Missing husbands and unfaithful wives are his usual stock-in-trade, but when the beautifully distressed Miss Wonderley calls he gets involved in a dangerous caper most people would run a mile from. Miss Wonderley asks Sam's partner, Miles Archer, to shadow Floyd Thursby, whom she maintains has kidnapped her sister. But then Archer is shot dead, and Miss Wonderley's story turns out to be a lie.

  • Selected Shorts: Whodunit? | C. S. Montanye,Dashiell Hammett,Ed McBain,Louise Erdrich,Shirley Jackson,Nadine Gordimer

    Selected Shorts: Whodunit?

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. S. Montanye, Dashiell Hammett, Ed McBain, and others
    • Narrated By Fionnula Flanagan, John Shea, Isaiah Sheffer, and others
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning, one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded live at New York's Symphony Space. One of the most popular series on the airwaves, this unique show is hosted by Isaiah Sheffer and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio.

    HIYBRID says: "This is My Kinda Fiction Buster..."
  • A Sam Spade Audio Double-Feature Starring Howard Duff, Volume 2 | Dashiell Hammett

    A Sam Spade Audio Double-Feature Starring Howard Duff, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Bill Mills, Howard Duff, Laureen Tuttle, and others
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Just as in Volume 1 of this series, this Audio Archive presentation of The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective Vol 2, contains two complete, 30 minute, Sam Spade radio shows, plus special commentary. Each episode is introduced by old radio aficionado and collector Bill Mills, who shares interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes and informative facts about the program and its stars.

    John Hurley says: "This is misrepresented"
  • The Assistant Murderer | Dashiell Hammett

    The Assistant Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Christopher Strong
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among his enduring character creations are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, the Continental Op, and P. I. Rush, introduced in this book, who is ugly, mean, focused, and "works for pay". Hammett is widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time and was called, in his obituary in The New York Times, "the dean of the...'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction." Ths short novellette is a crime story with an intricate plot and characters, and a surprise twist at the end.

    Darryl says: "rather lackluster narration may have spoiled it"
  • The Falcon: Private Eye to Super Spy | Dashiell Hammett

    The Falcon: Private Eye to Super Spy

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Les Damon, Bret Morrison, Lesley Woods
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Cherub-faced, blue-eyed World War II hero Les Damon played detective Michael Waring - better known as The Falcon. Damon played the role with style, pulling off the character's transition from private eye to army intelligence operative with panache. This collection of 16 digitally remastered episodes begins with Waring's wars against domestic enemies, including gambling bosses, arsonists, con artists, drug dealers, and killers.

    mart rodney says: "HOORAY !"
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