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Publisher's Summary

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 Hammett’s signature, barbed 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.

©2012 After the Thin Man copyright © 1986 by Turner Entertainment Co. Another Thin Man and Sequel to the Thin Man copyright © 2012 by Turner Entertainment Co. Introduction and all other writing copyright © 2012 Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett. (P)2012 (p) 2012 HighBridge Company

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Interesting change

This is a collection of 3 screen plays written by DH, with historical commentary mixed in before and after each. The narration for the male voices is good. The female voices are outstanding. By favorite portrayal is Aunt Catherine, or Katherine. She's not a likable character, but her voice is extraordinary. The voices are done like a radio play.

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Who is the Thin Man?

This Thin Man was much different than the previous Thin Man story. Return of the Thin Man is a combination of the story, a report on Dashiell Hammett, and a comparison of the book and the movie. I was confused sometimes what was being told.

I really enjoyed the performance of the people telling the story. Without this cast, I would have been lost much more than I was.

It might be better if I had read the book instead of listening to it on Audible.

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The history was more interesting than the plots

The performances were a little annoying as others have noted, but I was able to follow the plot and enjoy the story. Unfortunately the plot line was far less interesting than the historic notes provided about Dashiell Hammett.

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Great story! Okay voices

Interesting versions of the well-loved movie scripts penned by Hammett. However, I couldn't get past the voice of the actor playing Nick. My guess is he was trying to sound droll, but it didn't work. Similarly the actress playing Nora made her sound like a ditz.

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History great. The rest not so much

The history lesson at the beginning was fantastic. The rest, not so much, didn’t like the actors. Sorry. Just couldn’t get past it.

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Unlistenable for me.

My mistake I guess, but I thought this was a novel - bought it because I loved the Hammet short stories. This was so hard to follow as a screenplay and irritating as Hell too.

Others may see these things differently, and I should have checked first, but if you haven't checked properly don't make the same mistake as me.