The Man with the Golden Arm

  • by Nelson Algren
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm recounts the life of Francis Majcinek, "Frankie Machine," who returned from World War II with a Purple Heart and a morphine habit. He relies on morphine to numb the pain of a war injury and the guilt he feels for a drunken spree that put his wife Sophie in a wheelchair. Frankie, a card-dealer in an illicit poker game, has now come back to Chicago's West Side after detoxing in the federal prison for narcotics addicts, being exposed again to all the pressures, anxieties, and temptations that put him there in the first place.

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What the Critics Say

"A thriller that packs more of a punch than pulp fiction and more grittiness than either Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett." (Scotsman)
"A true novelist's triumph." (Time)

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Customer Reviews

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...but it's "paul-I-nah"!

Great performance of a wonderful book, but I was snapped out of its trance when the narrator mispronounced Paulina. Minor quibble, you should check it out!
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- Andrew

Great Book, good performance

Excellent, bleak tale of a West Sider after the war. Truly the Native Son or Lonigan of the Polish community. My only complaint was the way the reader pronounced Paulina, which I understand non-Chicagoans not knowing. But it's strange to hear.
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- Bernard O'Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.