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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (460 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Lindsay Gresham Narrator: Adam Sims Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nightmare Alley is American author William Lindsay Gresham's first and best-known work. The novel - most admired by noir fiction fans - was published in 1946, adapted into a film in 1947 starring Tyrone Power and subsequently printed as a graphic novel by Spain Rodriquez. During the 1940s Gresham worked as an editor for a genuine crime pulp magazine in New York, during which period he wrote this book; characters range from hustlers to Machiavellian femme fatales in a dark world of show business. Stan Carlisle is an ambitious 'carny' who eventually becomes a spiritualist for the rich and gullible. It appears that the world is at his feet, but not everything is as it seems....

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kim Bristowe | 2/20/2014

    " took a while to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Remy | 2/2/2014

    " This book was such a disappointment because I thought I loved it at first. It was atmospheric and absorbing. The background of the travelling carnival was creepy, with some amazing imagery. The carnies playing poker with Tarot cards! But then the main character graduated to vaudville- with a mentalist act- then became a spiritualist, convincing wealthy people that he talked to the dead. This was still pretty interesting. But the second half of the novel dove deeper into the dark and surreal, too deep for me. I found it abstract, annoyingly choppy, inscrutable. Towards the end of the book I was barely hanging on. Not for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by William Honeychurch | 1/28/2014

    " There's a lot to admire here, if you can get through one or two bad and under-written chapters (one of which, sadly, begins on page 8, like a sort of literary 'KEEP OUT' sign). The prose is good, the dialogue (especially the carny argot) very believable and pacey. The ending is telegraphed, but very neat and not overdone when it arrives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Juuso | 1/3/2014

    " Freaks and hustlers! Geeks and busters! "

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