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Return of the Thin Man
     

Return of the Thin Man

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by Dashiell Hammett, Nicola Barber (Read by), Scott Brick (Read by), Peter Ganim (Read by)
 

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Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett’s last-and most successful-novel. Following the enormous success of “The Thin Man” movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas for the films that became “After the

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Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett’s last-and most successful-novel. Following the enormous success of “The Thin Man” movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas for the films that became “After the Thin Man” and “Another Thin Man.” Hammett brought back his classic characters, retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora, in these two fully satisfying “Thin Man” stories, written with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue.Neither of these stories has been previously published (except for a partial in a small magazine 25 years ago). Now together in Return of the Thin Man, these hugely entertaining novellas are destined to remain essential listening for Hammett’s millions of fans and a new generation of mystery lovers the world over.The recording features Peter Ganim as Nick, Nicola Barber as Nora, and Scott Brick as the narrator. Additional character voices are provided by Emily Bauer, Dan Bittner, Cynthia Darlow, Richard Ferrone, Eliza Foss, Emma Galvin, Johnny Heller, Pete Larkin, Bill Lobley, Carol Monda, Rich Orlow, Paula Parker, Vinnie Penna, with Zane Birdwell, Nathan Rosborough, Iris McElroy, Barbara Vlahides, Fametta Sawyer, Tim Bader, Tyrrell Harrell, Kevin Fecu, and Alan Winter.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Legendary novelist Dashiell Hammett’s 1934 crime classic, The Thin Man, was the basis for several very popular films featuring hard-drinking, retired private detective Nick Charles and his lovely socialite wife Nora. Fans of the novel and movies will no doubt relish the chance to listen to the author’s novella-length scenarios for the book’s first two sequels, After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man. But they may be a little disappointed with this audio edition. Narrators Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber do capture the charming, boozy banter of Nick and Nora—but the on-screen portrayal of the duo by William Powell and Myrna Loya is so familiar, so distinctive, and so perfect that performing the material again (regardless of quality) seems a dubious endeavor. Scott Brick’s narration—crisp, properly hardboiled, and highly energized—creates a subtle, pleasing atmosphere for the proceedings. Acting as a sort of audio host, he compliments the actors with an on-point rat-a-tat delivery. A Mysterious Press hardcover. (Oct.)
New York Times
“Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber shine as the witty Nick and Nora Charles, and Scott Brick’s narration securely anchors the story.”
AudioFile

Wisconsin Bookwatch
“Fans of the films will find virtually all the suspects and plot twists already present in Hammett, together with much of the banter between retired detective Nick Charles and his socialite wife, Nora, all wrapped up in the lightly comic tone established by [the original movie].”
Kirkus

Booklist
“Caustic dialogue, shocking plot twists, and edge-of-one’s-seat suspense characterize these masterpieces of crime fiction, brought vividly to life with a stellar full-cast performance. Return of the Thin Man is an absolute ‘must-have’ for fans of Hammett’swork.”
Wisconsin Bookwatch

From the Publisher
“Scott Brick . . . Holds our attention. . . . Ganim nails retired private investigator Nick Charles’ ethanol-fueled unflappability and smoothly honed wit, making Charles an ideal match and occasional foil for . . . Nora, played by Nicola Barber with wicked humor and worldly forbearance. . . . Hammett fans, new and established, will be pleased.”
Booklist

“Narrators Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber do capture the charming, boozy banter of Nick and Nora. . . . Scott Brick’s narration—crisp, properly hardboiled, and highly energized—creates a subtle, pleasing atmosphere for the proceedings. Acting as a sort of audio host, he compliments the actors with an on-point rat-a-tat delivery.”
Publishers Weekly

Library Journal - Audio
HighBridge Audio, the answer to hard-boiled mystery lovers' dreams for more than a year with its outstanding "Black Mask Stories" series, now offers a double dose of Dash! This fun package sports Hammett's two detailed treatments for sequels to the film adaptation of his novel The Thin Man (TTM) featuring ace detective Nick Charles and his wife, Nora. After the Thin Man picks up directly at TTM's conclusion, while Another Thin Man is set roughly two years later and finds the couple with infant Nick Jr. While not fully fleshed-out novels, the dual treatments are significant to American letters as Hammett's last two pieces of long writing. There's additional scholarly merit in a lengthy introduction by top Hammett biographer Richard Layman and afterwords by the master's granddaughter Julie M. Rivett. A bonus is Hammett's brief description of a possible TTM sequel incorporating the lead characters from the original novel and film. Narrator Scott Brick and an ensemble cast perform both titles, with Peter Gamin as an overly droll Nick, Nicola Barber as Nora, and a bevy of others. VERDICT Offering two solid mysteries plus scholarly extras, Return of the Thin Man is a hunk of Hammett heaven worth celebrating. Drinks are on Nick and Nora!—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611749090
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged; 7.25 hours
Pages:
435
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

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Nicola Barber is an Audie Award-winning narrator whose voice can be heard in television and radio commercials and popular video games such as World of Warcraft. Nicola is also an Audie nominee in the Solo Female Narration category for her work on Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen and Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth.

Scott Brick has recorded over five hundred audiobooks, won over forty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and twice received Audie Awards for his work. Scott was chosen as Publishers Weekly's 2007 Narrator of the Year, and he has been named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

Peter Ganim is an actor, director, and since 2005, a narrator of audiobooks. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 27, 1894
Date of Death:
January 10, 1961
Place of Birth:
St. Mary, Maryland
Place of Death:
New York
Education:
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

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Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First...the main issue: This is not a book, not a novel. It's a Screenplay with narrative preface and footnotes. I was very disappointed that this was not really emphasized in any area on this page. I got it on a special, which was reduced from the amount shown here. Still, it's terribly misleading and I deleted it after one reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the nick and nora mysteries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had nothing to do with story. It was a fragmented and oft repeated mish-mosh of Hammett's alcoholism and the struggles he had with MGM? I wasn't about to buy a "pig in a poke"
JayMT More than 1 year ago
This is not a novel it's a screen play and not a very good one at that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are screenplays - not novels. So they read a bit different from a novel; there are stage directions and <insert actor description here> tags. However, they are pretty good screenplays and read really well. I found them to be interesting and a good read. It's fun to see where the movies varied from the original screenplay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did all the talented writers get killed in WWI? I've read better stories that came out of a sophomore high school play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
story text. Also bad format with repeat paragraphs. had this hapoen with other samples where all of sample was p r and list of works and hype from reviews
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