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The Postman Always Rings Twice

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James M. Cain

Narrated By: Stanley Tucci

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: April 2005

Duration: 2 hours 51 minutes

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.

Performed by Stanley Tucci

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  • Kathy

    I'm not sure if it's a hindrance or a help to have seen this movie, but either way, listening to this was a great experience. Stanley Tucci is a wonderful narrator..

  • Anonymous

    WOW! What a racy story for the early part of the 20th Century. As I was in the middle of listening to the audio book, the movie with Lana Turner made in 1946, was on TV one early Saturday and I was shocked at how closely they followed the book, keeping in mind the morals of the day. If you have not heard or seen this story, yet, I highly recommend listening to this audiobook, which is masterfully narrated. Then, go see Lana Turner play the vixen! A true American Classic!

  • Benedetta

    This book's narrative perfectly captures the sarcasm & wit of the the film noir genre. I've seen the (original) movie many times & it is one of my favorite films noir. The style echoes the mood of the country in the late '30's & early '40's. Back then, everybody was down on his/her luck & trying to figure out how to make the American dream a reality as we struggled to crawl out of the depression. The characters are hard-bitten & unsympathetic, their actions repugnant. But that's what makes it "noir."

  • Allison Scobie-Lloyd

    Entertaining and dark. Can't shake the feeling the entire thing is intended to be tongue in cheek.

  • John Winegarden

    A well-crafted thriller that puts most modern crime stories to shame with dramatic understatement, surprising twists, and complex characters. A lot of entertainment in a short book.

  • Anonymous

    Bland story with hackneyed ending. A waste of time - no real character development and just a plain ordinary story.