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    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.

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

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    • Christopher
    • 25/06/2012

    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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    • Annie
    • 13/07/2019

    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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    • Darryl
    • 20/09/2012

    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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    • St. John Smythe
    • 04/09/2018

    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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    • Mike Henderson
    • 22/09/2017

    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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    • Joan-Archer
    • 28/12/2016

    good but frustrating

    struggled to understand which character was speaking some of the time because of the speaker.

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    • Julie Matthews
    • 29/08/2021

    Loved this!

    I saw this movie quite a long time ago and really liked it. Decided to listen today while I was cleaning up. It kept my attention 100% of the time. Very good. The narrator had a rich and easy-to-listen to voice. It is short enough to listen to it all at one time. Would highly recommend.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 23/07/2021

    Black & White

    A really good story with twists and deceits I was not expecting. I never saw the movie but kept visualizing a film version in black & white made in the 40’s. Short and well written.

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    • cynthia reilly
    • 30/04/2021

    Wonderful

    Two great things: A Cain book and time to hear it. Great Tucci narration of one of noir's best writers ever. Unbeatable combo.

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    • Dirty Dream Catcher
    • 12/06/2020

    Poor narration

    This is one of my favorite short novels. My problem is the audio version is 'read' and not performed. Performance is what I expect when I choose and audible book - see Samuel L Jackson's performance of Chester Himes' 'Rage in Harlem. Stellar.

    I'll be returning this one and stick to reading the text every other year.