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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, James Cain Narrator: Stanley Tucci Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780060840778
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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.

Performed by Stanley Tucci

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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.” 

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Christine Coletta | 1/15/2014

    " Short, easy and a little crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/14/2014

    " A book that leaves a rather unpleasant taste. No one to like. Well done, but not for everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anders | 1/2/2014

    " A noir book, well written, blunt, with tragic characters, and a fitting ending. It's short but, there's a lot to it. Quite a book for it's day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/21/2013

    " Old school good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilson | 11/24/2013

    " A sleazy murder noir that masks its nihilistic heart with the slick, well crafted James M Cain prose. A really solid look into dark criminal matters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 emily | 6/19/2013

    " deeply, deeply similar to double indemnity but more explicit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/24/2013

    " reads like a screen play/ play, interesting twists and turns, great use of irony "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendi | 3/25/2013

    " good but different "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2013

    " Not as good as Mildred Pierce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/7/2012

    " Classic that I'm glad I finally read. Still looking for the postman ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/1/2012

    " Frank, a drifter, stops at a local diner for a meal, ends up working for Nick, "the Greek". Wife Cora gets Frank to help her kill Nick. A psychological thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Massengill | 8/7/2011

    " I envy Cain's economy of style. The characters of this short shocker of a book are morally vacuous and yet deeply fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Noir | 6/6/2011

    " Like getting kicked in the gut. In a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/23/2011

    " This novel reads like a play. It didn't quite seem real and the dialogue was a little hard to follow at times. I recognize this was probably intentional, meant to give the narrator a distinctive voice. Still not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/12/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 5/10/2011

    " A brilliant little book (96 pages or so) that packs a powerful punch. Love, sex, murder all you would want in noir. Cain's a master and this book shows it. Well worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrica | 4/11/2011

    " This book was ok. It was short & simple. Found it at the library and thought I try something a little bit different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/4/2011

    " 3rd Readathon book!

    It's okay, and definitely a quick read. But I felt that it could have been better, there just wasn't enough character depth. "

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