Mildred Pierce

James M. Cain, Author, Christine Williams, Read by , read by Christine Williams. Blackstone Audio $24.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7861-6047-1

Cain’s classic novel, and the source for the 1945 film starring Joan Crawford, makes its way onto audio with this reading by actor and singer Williams. Cain’s purple prose and then-scandalous dialogue take on new life under Williams’s direction, her assured tone underscoring the legendary noir writer’s rip-roaring tale of a woman scorned who survives no-good men and a hateful daughter to make it in 1930s Los Angeles. Williams is out of her depth encountering tense or high-pitched dialogue, reading it in a clipped monotone that does little for Cain’s drama, but is on far stronger ground with the rest of the book, which flourishes under her steady, patient, ever-so-slightly melancholic gaze. Williams’s reading lacks the rage that moved Crawford’s Mildred, but her version of the now-familiar story amplifies our sense of Cain’s heroine as an abandoned woman who finds her own way, on her own terms. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2007
Release date: 03/01/2007
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