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Title:
Return of the Thin Man
Author:
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, [2012]

℗2012
Physical Description:
6 audio discs (7 1/4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
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, ' in which he brought back his classic characters, retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora, written with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue.
General Note:
Title from container.

Compact discs.

Duration: 7:15:00.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9781611749090
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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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.


Summary

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,' in which he brought back his classic characters, retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora, written with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue.


Author Notes

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born on May 27, 1894 in St Mary's County, Maryland. Raised in Baltimore and Philadelphia, he attended Baltimore Polytechnic until he was 13 years old, but was forced to drop out and work a series of jobs to help support his family.

At the age of 21 Hammett was hired by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency as an operative. After a stint in the United States Army during World War II, he married a nurse named Josephine Annas Dolan, whom he met when he fell ill with tuberculosis.

In 1922, Hammett began writing for Black Mask magazine. Using his background in detective work, he created the tough guy detective characters Sam Spade and the Continental Op, as well as debonair sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. By 1927, Hammett had written the Poisonville series, which later became the novel Red Harvest. He wrote more than 85 short stories and five novels during his lifetime. The novels include The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, The Thin Man, and The Maltese Falcon, which was later adapted into a classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart. He also wrote an autobiography entitled Beams Falling: The Art of Dashiell Hammett.

After his marriage faltered in the late 1920s, Hammett met Lillian Hellman, then a married 24-year-old aspiring playwright. In 1930, Hellman left her husband for Hammett. Eventually they both divorced their spouses and, although the two never married, they remained together until Hammett's death on January 10, 1961.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.