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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: May 2005 ISBN: 9780060854546
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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.”

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  • “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 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 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 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 Marsha | 1/1/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nomad nimrod | 12/30/2013

    " short quick read. Ending could have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 11/30/2013

    " A great crime novel. I couldn't put it down. It's one of those stories, though, where the characters represent the dark, awful side of humanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freya Wallace | 11/28/2013

    " soooooo much better than that movie. love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/21/2013

    " Clean, spare writing of a complex crime and even more complex character, Phyllis. Quick, satisfying read in a classic noir crime story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 11/13/2013

    " Another good one from Cain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/20/2013

    " Cain's fiction remains crisp & very readable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lil' Grogan | 10/13/2013

    " Damn. That was gorgeous. The constant drive, the twists. Complex and simple. And very funny. Damn. I need a cigarette. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/31/2013

    " The book was reading well enough, but then bang! The author took me unawares and my jaw dropped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 8/22/2013

    " Pretty compelling, but I found the motivations too blurry and the characters too shallow, even if that was the intention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alejandro | 6/14/2013

    " Effortless, in a word. Fucking effortless, in two. Horrifying, if you want another. Galvanizing and hypnotizing, because I'm feeling loose-lipped and dead honest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaclyn | 2/8/2013

    " I hate this writer!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/26/2013

    " A streamlined bullet of a book. Nothing to spare, nothing to trim, an object lesson in tight, clean writing. And it was adapted into one of my favourite movies, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walter | 1/8/2013

    " Good, not great pulp. The screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler is a masterpiece, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Tamarin | 10/17/2011

    " as good as The Postman "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommi-Ann Pritchett | 9/18/2011

    " It was a fast read. Captivating and fairly predictable. Probably wouldn't read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip Knox | 12/8/2010

    " Every bit as good as the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/27/2010

    " I read this book to get myself back into reading in time for summer. It worked. It's short, punchy, and very much like the movie. I tried not to picture Fred MacMurray as the main character, but that, alas, did not work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bayneeta | 3/7/2010

    " I love this movie. The book is good too, and the movie is surprisingly close to the book. I listened to an audio version read by James Naughton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 10/14/2009

    " Incredible. I stayed up to 3:30 in the morning reading this because I couldn't put it down. You'll be surprised over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Breslin | 12/14/2008

    " I liked this story better than The Postman Always Rings Twice. I thought this launched right into the Noir feeling you'd expect. The relationships are taut, the twists are precarious, and the first person narration is hardboiled. This was a fun read if you like noir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Moblo | 10/3/2007

    " finished this one quick! how had i not heard of this guy after two plus years of reading a lot of crime fiction!?! this was a heated story that i thought played out incredibly. wonderful short story for anyone looking for a palate cleanser between books. highly recommended by me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 6/10/2007

    " As someone who is not a fan of hard-boiled crime novels (read this for my Writing class), I have become a true fan of Cain's writing style. I think the beauty in this book isn't the content, but the way it's written. I am definitely interested in reading more of his other works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Hammersmith-hardman | 7/25/2006

    " "That's all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 12/15/2005

    " I think this took me about two hours to read - didn't want to put it down for a second. Fast moving 1930s crime, vivid characters, shattering ending. I'll be hunting down more of James Cain's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tushar Desai | 8/5/2005

    " Wow! Possibly my favorite book, EVER! "

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About the Author
Author James M. Cain

James Mallahan Cain (1892–1977) worked as a reporter during World War I and was managing editor at the New Yorker before going to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. His novels, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity, became film noir classics. In 1974, he was awarded the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

James Naughton is an actor and director. He first came to prominence in the television series adaptation of the Planet of the Apes movie series of the same name. Since then, he has starred in dozens television shows and appeared in numerous Broadway plays. He is a two-time Tony Award winner, one for his performance as Sam Spade in City of Angels and the other portraying Billy Flynn in the 1997 revival of Chicago.