The Maltese Falcon

  • by Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by Eric Meyers
  • 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others. But they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners. Not even Bogart bettered the original. An idiomatic new recording from Eric Meyers.
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superb story. very well and entertaining read

know the Bogart film backwards so it was good to hear the book. Huston stayed surprisingly close. this book I found riveting from start to finish. very well read, the character s were brought to life. A must
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- Mr

The myth of the Maltese Falcon -or of love?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes this was definitely time well spent. I eally enjoyed this on several long walks and whilst doing chores, it's a great way to lose yourself in a book and get things done!


If you’ve listened to books by Dashiell Hammett before, how does this one compare?

This was my first Dashiell Hammett book. Although I enjoyed it I don't think I would read another.


Which character – as performed by Eric Meyers – was your favourite?

Sam Spade


Do you think The Maltese Falcon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No the story was perfectly well contained and entire in itself.


Any additional comments?

I thought the Maltese Falcon, the idea of impossible wealth in the form of a jewelled bird worth millions that all the characters were obsessed by, was like the ideal of Romantic Love as personified by Bridget O'Shaughnessy in the story. At the end Sam Spade discovered them both to be fakes.

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- Cathadada

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-03-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks