Chicago: A Novel Audiobook, by David Mamet Play Audiobook Sample

Chicago: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Jim Frangione Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062842985

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Longest Chapter Length:

36:03 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

41 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

12:21 minutes

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Publisher Description

A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago—a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better—by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Mike Hodge—veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry—probably shouldn’t have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge.

In Chicago, David Mamet has created a bracing, kaleidoscopic tale that roars through the Windy City’s underground on its way to a thunderclap of a conclusion. Here is not only his first novel in more than two decades, but the book he has been building to for his whole career. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era, suffused with trademark "Mamet Speak," richness of voice, pace, and brio, and exploring—as no other writer can—questions of honor, deceit, revenge, and devotion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.

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"[Mamet] uses dazzle and deception to build elaborate houses of cards that coldly toy with audience expectations the way playful cats fool around with mice trapped under their paws.”

— Los Angeles Times, praise for the author 


  • “The prose is economical yet lustrous, perfectly capturing a time when facility with language was prized…For readers of Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “The finest American writer of his generation.”

    — Sunday Mail, praise for the author
  • “The most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J. D. Salinger.”

    — Village Voice, praise for the author
  • “Everything Mamet does…is blunt and bracing, honest and provocative, original and gutsy.”

    — New York Times Book Review, praise for the author
  • “Mamet resembles Ernest Hemingway more, perhaps, than any writer of his generation.”

    — New York Magazine, praise for the author
  • “The story moves at a careening pace, drawing on a small but memorable cast of characters…An evocative, impressive return that Mamet fans will welcome.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “To call David Mamet’s language scathing, snappy and whip-smart is true, but trite. So I won’t. I’ll instead refer to the playwright’s words as poetry.”

    — Chicago Theater Beat, praise for the author

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About David Mamet

David Mamet is one of the foremost American playwrights. He has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for his plays, Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. His screenwriting credits include The Verdict and The Untouchables.

About Jim Frangione

Jim Frangione is an actor and audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and has been was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His theater credits include the off-Broadway production of Scrambled Eggs and the New York premiere of David Mamet’s plays The Old Neighborhood, Romance, and Oleanna, in which he also performed with the national tour. His film and television appearances include Joy, Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, Brotherhood, The Unit, and Law & Order.