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The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929. Almost immediately it was acknowledged, not only as a great crime novel, but as an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. Sam Spade, its protagonist, is the archetypal tough, cynical P.I., "able," as his creator explained, "to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander or client."

And what a client! - the irresistible and treacherous femme fatale Brigid O'Shaughnessy.

Believing the book's vividly drawn characters and memorable dialogue cry out for theatrical treatment, Blackstone Audio commissioned this faithful dramatization by the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear, in which a brilliant cast brings to life all the excitement and suspense of Hammett's original in the playhouse of the mind.

©1957 Dashiell Hammett; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Hammett's prose [is] clean and entirely unique. His characters [are] as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction." (The New York Times)

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  • Emily
  • 05 01 2013

Entertaining, but needed a third-person narrator

I was really excited by the cast of this audiobook, and they perform very well - especially Michael Madsen, but there's one cast member missing - a third-person narrator. Hearing the cast describe themselves (using Hammett's inimitable style) is slightly strange, and would have been better in the voice of someone else (even if only to make it clear it wasn't dialogue!).

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  • Dana Hislop
  • 21 08 2010

Why no third-party narrator????

I purchased this book because it was noted as the "best dramatization of 2008". The actors did a great job, but for some reason the director has the actors doing their own narration. Do I really want to hear Iva's character tell me about her supple breasts?? The story was great, but the narration is extremely distracting. A very unfortunate choice for an otherwise great listen.

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  • Kyle McCarley
  • 01 03 2011


Great performances on a classic story that make the whole thing incredibly riveting. It's a tiny bit off-putting to hear the few sections of narration in the voices of the characters, but beyond that, a completely flawless production.

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  • Matthew Kelley
  • 10 12 2017

Tell me about the Black Bird....Again!

This is a fine multiple choice cast performance/adaptation of The Maltese Falcon. Edward Herman and Sandra Oh are both especially good. If you know the novel, you will not be disappointed. If you only know the classic film, you owe it to yourself to give this meatier version of the story a go. My only complaint is with Michael Marsden as Sam Spade. That he cannot compare with Bogart's classic performance is not his fault. The problem is that he seems to overdo it. He chews through lines like Adam West and William Shatner had a love child. This overdone performance is out of place here. Nevertheless, on balance, this is well worth your time.

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  • andre
  • 12 01 2017


fantastically done, first time hearing the story and it was amazing on all fronts b

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  • Andrea
  • 17 06 2016


The story and Sam Spade the detective were both absolutely amazing!

This dramatization had high production values and was like listening to a movie.

I now see what the appeal of listening to radio dramas before television.

Edward Herrmann was outstanding.

I'm going to look around for more dramatizations from "Hollywood Theater of the Ear."

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  • Blake
  • 20 03 2016

First one I like

What made the experience of listening to The Maltese Falcon (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

The speed and story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam Spade

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending by far

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

lets not get carried away now.

Any additional comments?

I hate books, but I liked this one.

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  • Real Reader
  • 21 03 2015

Still fantastic

A long time fan of this story, hearing the dramatic reading brought it to life. Old-school feel and adventure. Still fantastic!

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  • kevinsprake
  • 10 06 2012

A Great Listen

I found this a great listen. I enjoyed it more than the bbc radio version. Well recommended.

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  • Alex
  • 09 05 2016

Great story, good voice acting, awful production

Would you try another book written by Dashiell Hammett or narrated by the narrators?

Yes, just not one produced by the same producer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Maltese Falcon (Dramatized)?

The way the narration forcibly kicked the listener out of the story instead of drawing the listener in.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Competent but disjointed

What character would you cut from The Maltese Falcon (Dramatized)?

None. It wouldn't remain faithful to Hammett's original.

Any additional comments?

I'm a fan of noir and pulp fiction, and The Maltese Falcon is one of my favourite stories. I thought that a dramatisation with Michael Madsen as Sam Spade couldn't go wrong. Instead, I was wrong.

Graphic Audio shows how an audiobook dramatisation should be done. This, on the other hand, shows how it most definitely should not.

No fault should be attributed to Madsen, Oh, Herrmann and their cohorts; the voice acting was good enough. Rather, the producer (or possibly the director, or both) should be taken out and shot. This "genius" decided to have all of the actors narrate any and all descriptive text which vaguely referred to their characters, instead of having a completely separate voice for the narration while leaving the actors to voice the characters' dialogue.

Each time the voice changed it was not immediately obvious whether some dialogue was being spoken or some description being narrated, and every time this happened it served only to remind the listener of the fact instead of helping to suspend disbelief. This lack of a coherent, single, recognisable voice for the narration ruined any immersion the story might have had.

Note to the producer/director: next time, get an extra actor for the narration. Graphic Audio does what it does so well, because it works. You could do the same.

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