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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James M. Cain, James Cain Narrator: James Naughton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1936, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir.

Performed by James Naughton

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This brief but complex novel is a perfect example of the ordinary-guy-gone-disastrously-wrong story that Cain always pulls off brilliantly.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Cain’s taut, no-nonsense prose is skillfully mirrored by James Naughton’s delivery, which offers little in the way of showy effects. Like Cain, Naughton lets the facts of the case keep us riveted. His work is a reminder that an understated performance can be every bit as dramatic as a more energetic reading.”


  • “Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, not even Raymond Chandler.”

    Tom Wolfe

  • “Cain has established a formidable reputation of furious pace, harsh and masterful realism, tough, raw speech right out of the mouths of the people.”

    Saturday Review

  • “It is no accident that movies based on three [Cain novels] helped to define the genre known as film noir.”

    New York Review of Books

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine | 2/10/2014

    " A quick read. I was most interested to see how the novella differed from the now-famous film. It's worth the read, especially if you're a fan of Cain's contemporaries (Chandler, Hammett, etc.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sunday Austin | 1/29/2014

    " So I'm into this James Cain thing. Another book from like 1937. A short but intense read. I'm gonna have to rent the b&w movie with..mmm...Barbra Stanwyck maybe? Supposed to be a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miik | 1/24/2014

    " Cain has quickly become one of my favorite authors. So tight yet so poetic. Amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marsha | 1/1/2014

    " I liked it a lot more than "The Postman Always Rings Twice" but did not love it. "

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