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Author: Dashiell Hammett Narrator: Peter Ganim Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781611749106
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Two previously unpublished Thin Man novellas: After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man, featuring retired private investigator Nick Charles and his wife, Nora, a former debutante. He was commissioned to write these two novellas as the basis for the films o Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 2/10/2014

    " First off. I am a huge fan of the Thin Man movies. The first three movies are easily the best of the 6, at least in my opinion. This makes the listening experience difficult at first because all I can think of is how the William Powell and Myrna Loy performances in the movies are far superior to the actors in this audio version. I'm sure that is mostly due to my love of the movies and possibly should not be held against this new audio version. That said I have come to enjoy listening to these books as well. The reason I enjoy it is because the dialogue, written by Mr. Hammett, is simply hysterical and begs for repeated listens to try and catch every quip(I kept repeating parts of the CD's). There is nothing new here because it was all in the movies. I listen to this at work or in the car and it is worth it hear all of the great dialogue. If you are a Hammett fan or a Thin Man fan or both, you will love this book. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/6/2014

    " I'm loving these. Finished the first story and am well into the second. The screenplay format causes me to need to retrace my steps from time to time, but great stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 2/6/2014

    " I agree with most reviewers - read the first story, forgo the rest. Then watch the first three movies and be done with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 2/3/2014

    " The Thin Man film was based on Dashiell Hammett's novel of the same title, but the five sequels were not based on any of Hammett's fiction. In fact, the last three were not based on any input at all from Hammett; only the first two sequels were based on Hammett's plotting and dialogue, which came from screen treatments written by Hammett when he was under contract (and closely supervised by MGM), and those scenarios are what appear in this book. I say this because a common complaint, which usually translates into a low evaluation, is that these are not "lost stories" by Hammett, such as we have been presented in other books where, for example, his earliest stories have been finally collected. These are scenarios and should be evaluated as such, much as one would evaluate a collection of Shakespeare's plays or Ellison's screenplay for "I, Robot;" as fiction, they are lacking, but as what they are, they shine. The interest in a book like this is that it presents the two sequel films as they might have been, without "polishing" by the screenwriters, changes by the director and the studio, or protests from the Censor's Office (always a concern in any 1930s production), and so represent a purer vision of Hammett's conception, even though, by that time, his interest in the characters of Nick & Nora Charles was waning quickly. Still, even with all the outside factors, it is amazing just how much of Hammett's dialogue made it into the films virtually untouched, a tribute to his clear, spare, crisp style of writing. Unlike other fiction writers, Hammett knew how to write dialogue for films, which is why in a film like Houston's version of The Maltese Falcon the dialogue is almost identical to that in the book (almost 50 years ago, I watched that film, book in hand, and was amazed by the fidelity). This book is not for the mystery fan looking for a great story, but it is great for a film buff, a Hollywood historian, a Hammett completist, or someone interested in seeing how film stories are created. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/29/2014

    " I am sure I ain't the first to say this really isn't prose, it is the weird world of writing meant not to be published and it showed. It had purpose but its purpose was to help generate a screeenplay which was then to help generate a movie. Not to be read, but here I am, reading it. Even in this form, Hammett is a great stylist and I enjoyed the book. I love the novel the Thin Man, and as soon as I got rid of the notion that this was anything like that book, I was happy with this new volume "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 1/25/2014

    " Slight but quite fun - taken from work Hammett did for movie sequels - some no more than outlines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/20/2014

    " Less like a novel, more like scripts for the films. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/15/2014

    " This isn't really novellas. It's screen stories. Which means that while the dialogue is there, the rest of the writing is purely utilitarian. It's virtue is in historical value. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/7/2014

    " When I took this book out of the library, I didn't realize it was two screen plays, but I truly enjoyed reading it. I could hear Myrna Loy and William Powell speaking the lines, as I read. This book was a hoot to fun it was! It was a nice break from more serious reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/4/2014

    " The novellas were clearly written in order to be turned into screenplays, and so lacked the polish and finesse of an actual Hammett novel, but it was still fun to see where the finished movies came from, what was kept in, what was changed, and what did and didn't translate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rogue | 12/22/2013

    " Fun reminisce of the movies. Perhaps not so entertaining for someone who has not seen at least the first Thin Man movie. Clever writing by Hammett and interesting history of the movies, Hammett, Hollywood in the 1930s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 11/16/2013

    " I love this movie series, so it was kind of fun to go back and read the original novellas. Now I need to watch the movies again to see if I notice the differences between the author's orignal story and the script that was edited by two of MGM's writers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 11/3/2013

    " I didn't realize that it was basically the poorly edited scripts for some of his movies. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doc | 7/28/2013

    " Nice script but clearly made better by the acting of William Powell and Myrna Loy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christa | 6/8/2013

    " this was different-like reading a screenplay. it was kindof fun to re-visit the vernacular of the day. But the plot was not fully fleshed... "

About the Author

Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. He is widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time. In addition to The Maltese Falcon, his pioneering novels include Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Thin Man.

About the Narrator

Peter Ganim, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an American actor who has appeared on stage, on television, and in film. He has performed voice-over work since 1994.