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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!).
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
I found this a great listen. I enjoyed it more than the bbc radio version. Well recommended.
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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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