The Postman Always Rings Twice

Version: Unabridged
Author: James M. Cain
Narrator: Stanley Tucci
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Literature, Classics
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: April 2005
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution -- a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger.

Performed by Stanley Tucci

Reviews (6)


Written by Kathy on March 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm not sure if it's a hindrance or a help to have seen this movie, but either way, listening to this was a great experience. Stanley Tucci is a wonderful narrator..

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on November 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WOW! What a racy story for the early part of the 20th Century. As I was in the middle of listening to the audio book, the movie with Lana Turner made in 1946, was on TV one early Saturday and I was shocked at how closely they followed the book, keeping in mind the morals of the day. If you have not heard or seen this story, yet, I highly recommend listening to this audiobook, which is masterfully narrated. Then, go see Lana Turner play the vixen! A true American Classic!

Book Noir

Written by Benedetta from Lambertville, NJ on June 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book's narrative perfectly captures the sarcasm & wit of the the film noir genre. I've seen the (original) movie many times & it is one of my favorite films noir. The style echoes the mood of the country in the late '30's & early '40's. Back then, everybody was down on his/her luck & trying to figure out how to make the American dream a reality as we struggled to crawl out of the depression. The characters are hard-bitten & unsympathetic, their actions repugnant. But that's what makes it "noir."

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Written by Allison Scobie-Lloyd on February 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Entertaining and dark. Can't shake the feeling the entire thing is intended to be tongue in cheek.

Postman Always Rings Twice

Written by John Winegarden on December 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A well-crafted thriller that puts most modern crime stories to shame with dramatic understatement, surprising twists, and complex characters. A lot of entertainment in a short book.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Written by Anonymous on January 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Bland story with hackneyed ending. A waste of time - no real character development and just a plain ordinary story.

Author Details

Author Details

Cain, James M.

James Mallahan Cain (1892 - 1977) was a first-rate writer of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Born in Baltimore, the son of the president of Washington College, Cain began his career as a reporter, serving in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and writing for "The Cross of Lorraine," the newspaper of the 79th Division. He returned from the war to embark on a literay career that included a professorship at St. John's College in Annapolis and a stint at "The New Yorker" as managing editor before he went to Hollywood as a script writer. Cain's famous first novel, The Postman Alway