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The Maltese Falcon

De : Dashiell Hammett
Lu par : Robertson Dean
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    Description

    The definitive masterpiece of the hard-boiled detective genre, The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was almost immediately acknowledged as not only a great crime novel but an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. 

    Tough, cynical PI Sam Spade - a man who, as his creator explained, is "able to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with" - is hired by the story's irresistible femme fatale, Brigid O'Shaughnessy, to locate the client's sister by tailing her companion. Spade's partner, Miles Archer, takes on the assignment, and quickly both he 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 - all of them after a legendary statuette of a falcon fashioned long ago for King Charles of Spain. 

    Made of gold and encrusted with jewels, the falcon is worth a fortune. Missing for centuries, it resurfaced in Paris in 1911, covered in black enamel to disguise its value, and then disappeared again until it was traced to Constantinople - and now, it would seem, to Spade's own backyard.

    ©2018 Dashiell Hammett (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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    • rose711
    • 01/02/2021

    Narrator makes a classic noir story dull

    Who could take a classic story and make me not want to finish it? This narrator has the enthusiasm of a wet mop.

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    • peter
    • 28/08/2020

    How it’s done

    Maybe a couple of scenes were a tad overwritten but the pace, action and story qualified this as a one-session listen. Great characters and a fast moving story makes this one of the greatest noir novels of all time.

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    • Kimberly Deans
    • 23/09/2020

    Well read in the style of the genre

    Outstanding book, presented in a classic style.

    I highly recommend if you are a fan of the movie, or have not seen the movie.

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    • Pete S
    • 10/01/2020

    Not as good as I would have expected

    I'll lead off with the fact that I have never seen the movie. That said, knowing that this book was made into the quintessential film noir I may have set higher expectations than I should have. The book is very good. I think perhaps I was expecting more mystery, akin to The Thin Man, than the raw, blue-collar detective work that fills this book.

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    • George
    • 20/06/2020

    A classic

    I’ve heard about this book and this author for a long time and of course I saw the movie. This was exactly what I expected.....even a little more hard boiled.

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    • Utente anonimo
    • 12/01/2021

    Too drawn out?

    I felt that some sections of the book just went on and on. The story was ok, this was perhaps my first detective book, and probably the last; not my cup of tea.

    The narration though, was excellent. Probably the one thing that drew me in to the book was the narrator.

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    • James Mullen
    • 08/11/2022

    Masterful

    I was heading to SF and booked a dinner with friends at John's Grill. Of course I had to revisit the Maltese Falcon. Beautifully written and powerfully performed. Not even a cheap gunsel could go wrong with this recording.

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    • Ron
    • 22/10/2022

    THE MALTESE FALCON

    The Maltese Falcon: a bust.
    The most boring version I've ever heard.
    I had to increase the speed just to make a great story listenable.

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    • AZJosh
    • 13/10/2022

    Intolerable

    Poor performance and a tedious listen. The novel might actually be much better, but this was intolerable.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 10/10/2022

    If you know, you know. if you don't...

    Read the amazing classic! Or just as good, listen to it! Robertson Dean recaptures all of the feeling. All of the nuance.
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    The classic gumshoe. Femme Fatale. Double and Triple Crosses. All done by best.