Despite the dreamy title and literary ambitions, this is truly one of the darkest noir novels ever written. A #1 best-seller at the time of its release in 1944, the novel deals with the twisted desires of Ellen Berent, whose unhealthy fixation on her father leads to her undoing. Following her father’s death, she meets Richard Harland, a handsome author, who resembles a younger version of him, and she transfers her obsession to Harland. Things swiftly head south.
Adapted for the screen in 1945, it went on to become an Oscar-winning film as well as a film noir classic. The lush color photography masks the evil that resides at the story’s heart, making for a chilling film experience. The audiobook was a pleasure for me to narrate, and I’m thrilled to be able to add it to my catalog.
This one needs no introduction. Mickey Spillane introduced Mike Hammer to a waiting world in 1947 and literature hasn’t been the same since. This is the very first time this novel has been available as an unabridged audiobook, containing 100% of Spillane’s original fiery text. Available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
My audiobook narration of Edward Anderson’s 1937 novel Thieves Like Us (Chicago Review Press) is now live. Anderson was a Depression-era author who wrote of the desperation of rural America during that period. Straight out of the time of John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, Thieves Like Us brims with richly-drawn, breathing characters and dialogue that rings true.
The novel was adapted for the screen as They Live By Night (1948), starring Farley Granger, Cathy O’Donnell, and Howard DaSilva, and has become an undisputed film noir classic. It was later remade in the 1970s by Robert Altman under its original title. Altman, however, failed to grasp the essence of film noir, focusing instead on the cars and clothes of the 1930s.
Check out the audio sample above. Then go to Audible and buy it!! It’s a terrific novel.
CAUTION: there are two audio versions of this book out, so make sure you get mine, the one with THIS COVER!
Doak Miller’s done his twenty-five years with the NYPD. Pensioned off, he wants a quieter life, so he moves to Gallatin County, hidden away in the big bend of Florida. He gets his private investigator’s license, hoping to pick up a little off-the-books work on the side. It’s been three years now, time enough to have developed a working relationship with Gallatin Sheriff Bill Radburn. The Sheriff has a little job for him. Shouldn’t be any problem. No problem at all.
And so begins The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes, the latest novel from crime fiction master Lawrence Block. Now available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
For anyone looking for something different in audio, try my narration of MAGGIE CASSIDY by Jack Kerouac. While technically a novel, it’s actually autobiographical, carving out a nostalgia-drenched look at Kerouac’s senior year in high school. The complexities of young love and boyhood friendships are fully developed, as is the setting of a hard-bitten New England manufacturing town in 1939. First time this version of Kerouac’s text has appeared since its publication in 1959, when it was quickly removed from the shelves for profanity and replaced with a sanitized version.
This first-ever audiobook is now available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
My audiobook narration of Maggie Cassidy (Devault-Graves, 2016) by Jack Kerouac has just gone live.
This is, some say, Kerouac’s most accessible work. A plaintive tale of young love and all its complications in a hard-bitten New England manufacturing town of 1939, it’s actually autobiographical, thinly-veiled. Kerouac had a keen memory for details, which allowed him to recreate the characters, situations, and the settings in Lowell, Massachusetts with such clarity.
This is not only the first time this novel has appeared in audiobook form, but it’s also the first time it’s appeared anywhere in its full, uncensored form. Kerouac used some profanity in spots, which publishers at the time were reluctant to include in the final version. The original text was used for the preparation of this edition and this audiobook.
While narrating this book, I was able to catch the flashes of Kerouac’s genius as a writer. I’m sure you’ll be able to do the same. Check it out on Amazon, Audible, or iTunes.
I’m very pleased to announce my audiobook narration of Lawrence Block’s The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes (Recorded Books, 2015) has gone live.
This is a brand new novel by Block, aka the master of crime fiction, who got the idea to write it in a taxi on his way to the airport. He wanted to write something that hearkened back to the pulp novels of the 1950s (which, coincidentally is exactly when he broke into the business), and he certainly succeeded.
This one is as noir as it gets. Sexy, steamy, dripping with betrayal and murder, the story is set in rural Florida, where few outsiders ever go. If you like it, go to Amazon, Audible, or iTunes and buy it!
My narration of Tristessa, a 1960 novella by Jack Kerouac, has just gone live on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Those familiar with Kerouac’s work will not be surprised at any of this, but to those who might be newcomers, beware. Kerouac did not write like anyone else before him or since (although there have been a few pale imitations over the years), so his freestyle narratives might be off-putting at first. But if you give him a chance, you’ll see he was a true original with something to say.
The book, while disguised as fiction, is really a chronicle of his side trip to Mexico in the 1950s. He becomes totally enmeshed in the drug-user world in a Mexico City that is beyond his comprehension. He takes up with a collection of ne’er-do-wells and the ride begins from there.
It was very difficult for me to narrate this book, because Kerouac was not exactly, shall we say, a major proponent of correct punctuation, so it wasn’t easy to figure out where his “sentences” began and ended, since several of them might be strung together with no punctuation to separate them. I hope my narration clears that up.
This is part of a two-book deal I have with Devault-Graves, the publishers. Next up is Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy, a far more accessible tale of high school crushes in a hard, steely New England town in 1939.
You can check out Tristessahere. It’s only $6.95!!
Today, Simon & Schuster released my audiobook narration of Mickey Spillane’s I, The Jury. This was the very first Mike Hammer novel and in fact, was the first and bestselling novel of Spillane’s sixty-year career.
My journey began about a year ago when I noticed the book had no modern downloadable audiobook attached to it. After an extremely tedious process of running down blind alleys and pursuing phantom contacts, I was finally chosen to narrate this iconic novel, and now, here it is in the digital flesh. This is the first time ever the book has been available in unabridged audio form. Many years ago, there was a heavily-abridged audiocassette narrated by Stacy Keach, who played Mike Hammer on television for years.
My version is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. So go buy it now, okay?