The Postman Always Rings Twice

  • by James M. Cain
  • Narrated by Stanley Tucci
  • 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 and regarded as one of the most important crime novels of the 20th century. 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 L’Etranger.
James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War I, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920s. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977.

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What the Critics Say

"Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway, and not even Raymond Chandler." (Tom Wolfe)
"A good, swift, violent story." (Dashiell Hammett)

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Loved it!

Where does The Postman Always Rings Twice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of shorter books I've listen to this is the best.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Postman Always Rings Twice?

I don't want to give anything away! Everything about this book is memorable, it's a really enjoyable listen.


What about Stanley Tucci’s performance did you like?

Excellent voice, loved him! Want to hear more of him.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again don't want to give anything away! The end was very moving.


Any additional comments?

Excellent book! Would listen again.

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- Rebecca Fair

A brilliantly clever short piece.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Not only is it well constructed, it is also well read. I very much enjoyed listening to it - it is certainly one of those books you can listen to time and time again.


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- Alice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios