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The Maltese Falcon
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Naxos AudioBooks 2011
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Edition:
Unabridged
Accelerated Reader:
IL: UG - BL: 6 - AR Pts: 11
Lexile measure:
760L
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Description

A beautiful woman asks private eye Sam Spade for his help. Spade doesn't believe her story, and when his partner gets murdered it soon becomes clear that he's right. As he digs deeper, he realises everyone is chasing the enigmatic falcon and is willing to kill for it. He also realises there is no one he can trust—not the unctuous Fat Man, not the shrill Joel Cairo, not the suspicious police, and especially not the bewitching Brigid O'Shaughnessy. The Maltese Falcon—dry, uncluttered, witty and darkly unsentimental—is the finest book of its kind ever written.

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Street Date:
03/01/2011
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781843794813
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 6, 11 Points
Lexile measure:
760
Fountas & Pinnell:
Z+
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APA Citation (style guide)

Dashiell Hammett. (2011). The Maltese Falcon. Unabridged Naxos AudioBooks.

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Dashiell Hammett. 2011. The Maltese Falcon. Naxos AudioBooks.

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Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon. Naxos AudioBooks, 2011.

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Dashiell Hammett. The Maltese Falcon. Unabridged Naxos AudioBooks, 2011.

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A beautiful woman asks private eye Sam Spade for his help. Spade doesn't believe her story, and when his partner gets murdered it soon becomes clear that he's right. As he digs deeper, he realises everyone is chasing the enigmatic falcon and is willing to kill for it. He also realises there is no one he can trust—not the unctuous Fat Man, not the shrill Joel Cairo, not the suspicious police, and especially not the bewitching Brigid O'Shaughnessy. The Maltese Falcon—dry, uncluttered, witty and darkly unsentimental—is the finest book of its kind ever written.

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        The classic noir story is given new life with this full-cast adaptation. When a damsel in distress steps into Sam Spade's office spinning a yarn of a kidnapped sister and shady older man, Spade is doubtful but intrigued. Soon, he's pulled into an international hunt for a bird made of gold that leaves a trail of dead bodies, including his partner. Michael Madsen initially comes on a bit strong as Spade with a tone and growl that goes beyond previous renditions, but by the end, he has appreciatively mellowed. The supporting cast (including Sandra Oh and Edward Herrmann) are fine but unmemorable. The sound effects fading in and out of the production prove so subtle that it's often hard to determine if one is hearing them from the story or from the real world. The occasional musical score is reminiscent of old-time radio and used sparingly. A Vintage paperback.

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      • content: All the characters in this story are famously despicable. Private eye Sam Spade is motivated by personal gain and his own ego. His clients are no more moral--they are selfish, dishonest, double-crossing, greedy, and sometimes even violent. At the heart of this classic "noir" is the search for the valuable jewel-encrusted falcon. Despite the repugnance of the characters, William Dufris's reading is tremendously likable. His enthusiasm is well suited to creating distinctive voices for each character and an overarching atmosphere of distrust. Dufris's use of timing is impeccable--forcing slow, tortured silences that increase the suspense just when a print reader would be flying through the pages to discover the ending. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
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      • content: It's 1928. San Francisco PIs Sam Spade and Miles Archer are engaged by a young lady to shadow a man she alleges has kidnapped her sister. Not true--and Archer is soon the late Archer, leaving Sam to seek both his killer and the titular statue. This dramatization is heavily influenced by the movie version of Hammett's novel. The actor who reads Sam Spade closely follows Humphrey Bogart's style. The Sidney Greenstreet role is delivered as a carbon copy of Greenstreet's speech pattern. The roles played by Peter Lorre and Mary Astor escape this mimicry. All in all, this is an entertaining performance that makes one want to see the movie again. R.E.K. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
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      • content: Even though Sam Spade thinks his partner was a rat, the private detective's code compels Spade to get to the bottom of things when he turns up dead. Michael Prichard does a creditable job with this classic detective yarn, especially with the voices of some of the secondary characters. However, he doesn't sound quite gritty enough in his portrayal of tough-guy Sam Spade. P.B.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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      • content: Perhaps better known as a movie than a book, The Maltese Falcon set a standard for tough-guy detective whodunits. This presentation is more radio dramatization than audiobook reading. The stage is set by the soulful tones of a tenor sax lyrically painting a mournful picture of fog-bound San Francisco, steeped in death and deceit. Reader William Dufris is a one-man band, covering the entire cast of diverse characters with unbelievable ease. His shifts from tough Sam Spade to the damsel in distress to any of a host of bad guys is just short of amazing. Some may find his presentation of the leading lady close to overacting, and he does stretch to find unique voices for the minor players, but, overall, this is a top notch presentation. T.J.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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      • content: They're all here--Sam Spade, the streetwise detective; the gorgeous but dangerous dame; the squirrelly guy; and the fat man--all chasing an elusive statue of a mythical bird across the most American of literary landscapes, fog-bound San Francisco in the 1920s. Few novels have been more "noir"--or more influential. With fine talents like Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann, Blackstone Audio and the Hollywood Theater of the Ear have created a taut, well-paced audio production, drawn directly from the novel, first serialized in BLACK MASK MAGAZINE in 1929. All of Hammett's signature descriptions and stylish dialogue are at the forefront. Sexy, darkly comic, and broodingly moral, THE MALTESE FALCON is like a jolt of bourbon--it wakes you up and keeps you listening. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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