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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: April 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Juuso | 1/3/2014

    " Freaks and hustlers! Geeks and busters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lynch | 12/8/2013

    " When I took this book out of the library I thought it was a new book. In reality it was a newly released classic from 1946. It was a real classic! A very interesting book about carnies and swindlers. I loved the era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avra Fox | 12/1/2013

    " I really just can't help but be glad all this mid century fiction is coming back into print. I liked this book a lot, it's quietly grim and very much a portrait of a underground I am always happy to read about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Bovenmyer | 11/25/2013

    " It's official. I do not like noir. I need characters who, though they make mistakes, at least try to do the right thing. If you enjoy deeply flawed human beings and an inside look at hucksters, you'll enjoy this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 11/16/2013

    " Perhaps one of the best peices of late '30s/early '40s pulp I've ever read. It stradles the line so deftly between genre and high art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/9/2013

    " A great noir novel! Like other greats in the genre (especially the god-like Jim Thompson), Gresham takes an incredibly jaundiced, bleak view of humanity and spends the book piling on the misbehavior and misery. The now famous carnival geek sequence is only the beginning... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Mark | 6/20/2013

    " Excellent book. Some definite flaws in the narrative along the way but a great story and well told. It's fine noir fiction. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danika | 4/28/2013

    " this is one of the darkest books i've ever read. nightmare alley? yes. that's accurate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 12/25/2012

    " Also reprinted in Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930's & 40's (Library of America). The great American novel. No shit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Sumption | 3/3/2012

    " In The Sweet Smell of Success, J.J. Hunsecker says, "You're a cookie full of arsenic." Nightmare Alley is delicious in the same way. A wild, wicked ride. It's not that you don't know where it's headed, but it's a ball getting there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese | 8/22/2011

    " As formulaic as it is (which I have to say I didn't foresee until near the end), this book kicked my ass. Amazing and horrifying. Too bad Gresham wrote so little in the noir vein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth L. | 5/19/2011

    " Polished this off and then went out to Coney Island to see the real thing. Good carny smut for a summer night. "

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