Return of the Thin Man

Dashiell Hammett, Author, Nicola Barber, Read by, Peter Ganim, Read by, Scott Brick, Read by
Dashiell Hammett, read by Peter Ganim, Nicola Barber, Scott Brick, and a full cast. HighBridge Audio, six CDs, 7.25 hrs., $34.95 ISBN 978-1-61174-909-0
Reviewed on: 02/25/2013
Release date: 10/01/2012
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.)
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