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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,618 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James M. Cain Narrator: Stanley Tucci Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An amoral young tramp; a beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband; a problem that has only one, grisly solution—a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America’s bleak underside and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A good, swift, violent story.”

    Dashiell Hammett

  • “A poet of the tabloid murder.”

    Edmund Wilson

  • “Every so often a writer turns up who forces us to revalue our notions of the realistic manner, for, no less than reality itself, it is relative and inconstant, depending on the period, the fashion, the point of view…[Cain’s] story is a third as long as most novels, and its success is due entirely to one quality: Cain can get down to the primary impulses of greed and sex in fewer words than any writer we know of. He has exorcised all the inhibitions.” 

    New York Times

  • “Moody, sexy, dark, and criminal, this noir classic takes on new life as Stanley Tucci embodies drifter Frank Chambers and the rest of the sordid cast of Cain’s famed novel…Preserve a place on your bookshelf for this audiobook—you’ll want to listen to it more than once.” 


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Named one of the Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by james | 2/9/2014

    " Excellent. Suspenseful. A psychological masterpiece. And a very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by A. R. Tan | 2/2/2014

    " What a good story. I thought it would be a murder mystery, but it was more like Crime and Punishment. The culprits had their just desert in the end. I didn't see the plot twist in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/23/2014

    " I've got loads of classic books on my Kobo, so I find myself reading somewhat random things, including this title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine Coletta | 1/15/2014

    " Short, easy and a little crazy. "

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