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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dashiell Hammett Narrator: Peter Ganim, Nicola Barber, Scott Brick Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett’s last—and most successful—novel. Following the enormous success of “The Thin Man” movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas for the films that became “After the Thin Man” and “Another Thin Man.” Hammett brought back his classic characters, retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora, in these two fully satisfying Thin Man stories, written with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue.

Neither of these stories has been previously published (except for a partial in a small magazine more than a quarter century ago). Now together in Return of the Thin Man, these hugely entertaining novellas are destined to remain essential listening for Hammett’s millions of fans and a new generation of mystery lovers the world over.

The recording features Peter Ganim as Nick, Nicola Barber as Nora, and Scott Brick as the narrator. Additional character voices are provided by Emily Bauer, Dan Bittner, Cynthia Darlow, Richard Ferrone, Eliza Foss, Emma Galvin, Johnny Heller, Pete Larkin, Bill Lobley, Carol Monda, Rich Orlow, Paula Parker, Vinnie Penna, with Zane Birdwell, Nathan Rosborough, Iris McElroy, Barbara Vlahides, Fametta Sawyer, Tim Bader, Tyrrell Harrell, Kevin Fecu, and Alan Winter.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by Chris Teel | 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 by Drew Tyson | 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 by 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. "

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