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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,082 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ira Levin Narrator: Mauro Hantman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she’s pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder. Compellingly, step by determined step, the novel follows this young man in his execution of one plan he had neither dreamed nor foreseen. Nor does he foresee how inexorably he will be enmeshed in the consequences of his own extreme deed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is a succession of quite legitimate surprises, the suspense is admirably sustained, the detail is thorough and convincing, and the writing is considerably above the level usually associated with fictional crime and passion. A pleasure to recommend.” 

    The New Yorker

  • “Here is not merely an extraordinary first but an extraordinary suspense novel by the highest professional standards; and you have an evening of incomparable excitement ahead of you. Levin combines great talent for pure novel writing with strict whodunit tricks as dazzling as anything ever brought off by Ellery Queen or Agatha Christie.”

    The New York Times

  • “A remarkably constructed story depicting in inconceivably vicious character in episodes of chilling horror.”

    The Chicago Sunday Times

  • “A unique, intelligent novel that dares to evolve beyond a whodunit into a thoughtful journey into the mind of a sociopath…Levin…shows an astounding ability to craft a portrait.”


  • “Levin’s thrillers are always fun.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karl | 2/16/2014

    " Very enjoyable page turner playing on the readers in ability to see the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hope Barrett | 2/12/2014

    " How is it that one can spend a lifetime of reading books and not have read this one? Ira Levin's classic was not selected by author, review, or recommendation, but the one thing we are told we should never do: judge a book by its cover. The cover offered promise and fulfilled by providing prose and structure that you just know broke boundaries when it first came out. Riveting reading that makes you want to find more books by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna | 2/10/2014

    " Well now I have to read 'Rosemary's Baby.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/30/2014

    " One of the best thrillers I have read. "

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