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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dashiell Hammett Narrator: Tom Wilkinson, Jane Lapotaire, Peter Vaughan, Nickolas Grace Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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It's San Francisco, 1928, and Sam Spade is a wisecracking, womanising private investigator. Missing husbands and unfaithful wives are his usual stock-in-trade, but when the beautifully distressed Miss Wonderley calls, he gets involved in a dangerous caper most people would run a mile from.

Miss Wonderley asks Sam's partner, Miles Archer, to shadow Floyd Thursby, whom she maintains has kidnapped her sister. But then Archer is shot dead, and Miss Wonderley's story turns out to be a lie - just like her name, which is actually Brigid O'Shaughnessy.

Miss O'Shaughnessy keeps on lying. But one thing's for sure: she does know about the Maltese Falcon, an ancient statuette which has attracted more than one interested party.

With a bunch of heavies at his elbow and the police on his tail, Sam needs to think fast if he's to outlive the person who killed his partner....

Tom Wilkinson, Jane Lapotaire, Peter Vaughan and Nickolas Grace star in this stylish dramatisation of Dashiell Hammett's classic detective story. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasonchicks | 6/23/2011

    " I love this book. The hard-boiled private investigator seems kind of cheesey and trite these days -- especially after listening to Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir. But Sam Spade is a very interesting and deep character, and a total bad ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 6/19/2011

    " Ultra-classic hard-boiled private detective story. What's not to like? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrez | 6/17/2011

    " Classic stuff from Hammett. Read several times over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 6/12/2011

    " A very enjoyable read. Hammett's writing is punchy and unique. The conventions of the detective story are presented with authority and mastery, which makes everything else in the genre (with the exception of Chandler) seem amaturish in comparison. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 6/11/2011

    " I actually couldn't finish this completely because I didn't care for the writing at all and the main character was so annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 6/7/2011

    " As terrific as it was the first time I read it. Screened the 1941 John Huston film in class this morning. Bogart genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 6/7/2011

    " Hardboiled detective fiction at its finest. Sam Spade is just unique enough (from Philip Marlowe and the Continental Op, for example) to keep things interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 6/7/2011

    " Thought I should read Dashiell Hammett sometime. Very disappointing; kind of had to slog through it. Hope the movie is better. (Did I really say that??) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 6/4/2011

    " I've read it twice and it is so fresh despite being decades old and done to death (pun intended) everywhere. More like a beloved painting that you can watch forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MG | 6/3/2011

    " BBC presented The Maltese Falcon in more of a radio play format. I enjoyed listening in. It made me miss the movie. If you like old radio plays and good noir, I think you will love this format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/3/2011

    " A classic mystery/detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. This is exactly the type of story you'd expect from the greats of this era. Hardboiled, good pacing, and well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emilie | 5/26/2011

    " OK - too confusing for too long, never got into it. "

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