“Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber shine as the witty Nick and Nora Charles, and Scott Brick’s narration securely anchors the story.”
“Fans of the films will find virtually all the suspects and plot twists already present in Hammett, together with much of the banter between retired detective Nick Charles and his socialite wife, Nora, all wrapped up in the lightly comic tone established by [the original movie].”
“Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber manage a breezy idiom that evokes both the desperate gaiety of the period and the sophisticated airs of Hammett’s urbane sleuths. Scott Brick narrates the story in crisp tones, and a huge ensemble cast—unusual in a form that relies mainly on solo-voice performances—puts much character color into Nora’s rich and snooty relatives and Nick’s many lowlife friends.”
—New York Times
(New York Times
“Caustic dialogue, shocking plot twists, and edge-of-one’s-seat suspense characterize these masterpieces of crime fiction, brought vividly to life with a stellar full-cast performance. Return of the Thin Man is an absolute ‘must-have’ for fans of Hammett’swork.”
“HighBridge Audio, the answer to hard-boiled mystery lovers’ dreams for more than a year with its outstanding ‘Black Mask Stories’ series, now offers a double dose of Dash! . . . Offering two solid mysteries plus scholarly extras, Return of the Thin Man is a hunk of Hammett heaven worth celebrating. Drinks are on Nick and Nora!”
—Library Journal [starred review]
“Scott Brick . . . Holds our attention. . . . Ganim nails retired private investigator Nick Charles’ ethanol-fueled unflappability and smoothly honed wit, making Charles an ideal match and occasional foil for . . . Nora, played by Nicola Barber with wicked humor and worldly forbearance. . . . Hammett fans, new and established, will be pleased.”
“Narrators Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber do capture the charming, boozy banter of Nick and Nora. . . . Scott Brick’s narration—crisp, properly hardboiled, and highly energized—creates a subtle, pleasing atmosphere for the proceedings. Acting as a sort of audio host, he compliments the actors with an on-point rat-a-tat delivery.”
About the Author
DASHIELL HAMMETT was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, screenplay writer, and political activist. He created enduring characters including Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon
), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man
), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest
and The Dain Curse
). He died in 1961 in New York City. As a veteran of two world wars, he is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
NICOLA BARBER has appeared on stage in New York and across the country, including with Scarlett Johnansson in <i>The Nanny Diaries.</i> She holds a degree in theatre arts from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has taken classes at the London Academy of Dramatic Art. She has been training and performing voiceovers since 2001, and can be heard in video games, animation, commercials, and corporate videos, as well as on award-winning audiobooks.
Actor, screenwriter and audiobook narrator, SCOTT BRICK definitely gives new meaning to a hyphenate career with credits in film, television, stage and radio. He studied both acting and writing at UCLA, spent ten years with a traveling Shakespearean company, and then went on to become a freelance writer. In 2000, Brick ventured into narrating audiobooks and quickly found himself embraced by the audio world. He’s won numerous Earphones Awards for his narrating skills, as well as Audie Awards. AudioFile Magazine named Brick “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy,” and proclaimed him a Golden Voice.
PETER GANIM is an award-winning stage, film and television actor and the narrator of over 100 audiobooks. He lives in New York City.