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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dashiell Hammett Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Don’t be too sure I’m as crooked as I’m supposed to be. That kind of reputation might be good business.”—Samuel Spade, private investigator

“Spade…is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been and in their cockier moments thought they approached.”—Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929. Almost immediately it was acknowledged as not only a great crime novel but an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. Sam Spade, its protagonist, is the archetypal tough, cynical PI, “able,” as his creator explained, “to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent bystander or client.” And what a client!—the irresistible and treacherous femme fatale Brigid O’Shaughnessy.

Believing the book’s vividly drawn characters and memorable dialogue cry out for theatrical treatment, Blackstone Audio commissioned this faithful dramatization by the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear, in which a brilliant cast brings to life all the excitement and suspense of Hammett’s original in the playhouse of the mind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hammett’s prose [is] clean and entirely unique. His characters [are] as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction.”

    New York Times

  • The Maltese Falcon is not only probably the best detective story we have ever read, it is an exceedingly well-written novel.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Dashiell Hammett…is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer.”

    Boston Globe

  • “As edge-of-one’s-seat captivating today as it was eighty years ago, Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon is a classic that hard-boiled mystery buffs everywhere are sure to enjoy.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “The classic noir story is given new life with this full-cast adaptation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “They’re all here—Sam Spade, the streetwise detective; the gorgeous but dangerous dame; the squirrelly guy; and the fat man—all chasing an elusive statue of a mythical bird across the most American of literary landscapes, fog-bound San Francisco in the 1920s. Few novels have been more “noir”—or more influential. With fine talents like Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann, Blackstone Audio and the Hollywood Theater of the Ear have created a taut, well-paced audio production, drawn directly from the novel, first serialized in Black Mask magazine in 1929. All of Hammett’s signature descriptions and stylish dialogue are at the forefront. Sexy, darkly comic, and broodingly moral, The Maltese Falcon is like a jolt of bourbon—it wakes you up and keeps you listening.”


  • “Wow! Whether or not you’ve read Hammett’s classic noir detective novel or seen the 1941 movie, you will be entranced by this magnificent adaptation, which is a solid reminder of the power of audio…In this mystery rich in characters, the actors show an impeccable understanding of their roles…Voices and sounds combine with a dramatically fashioned script to create a stellar listening experience with a you-are-there feel. Those who have never experienced the pleasures of radio theater are in for a tremendous treat, as are all who experience this amazing production.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of the Audie Award for Best Audiobook Adaptation
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for Mystery
  • A Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobook
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, March 2009
  • A 2009 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album for Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Piput | 1/21/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. I think its plot's reputation preceded the book and set my expectation too high. But when I read it, it's not as engaging as I'd hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh Wong | 12/25/2013

    " Enjoyed this book! A great page turner! Will have you reading for hours on end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fredrick Danysh | 12/21/2013

    " Unorthodox detective Sam Spade gets involved in search of a treasure worth committing murder for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 12/21/2013

    " Very well written detective fiction "

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