Here's Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer in their roughest and readiest-a double-strength shot of sex, violence, and action that is vintage Spillane all the way. It's a tough-guy mystery to please even the most bloodthirsty of fans!
©1991 Mickey Spillane. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"read this one for what it is"
Mike Hammer is the hard hitting, hard drinking private investigator who is going to find the man who murdered his best friend; then take care of him before the cops do. Beautiful women fall at Mike like bowling pins and anyone in his way gets a fist or a bullet. It’s New York City in the late 1940’s and if you aren’t tough, you might be dead.
It is important to put this book and its famous author in context. It was written in 1947 and that’s a long time ago now. Many things were different and many things sound pretty course to our modern ear. There is a lot of bigotry, homophobia and sexism in the dialogue. It was probably not meant to be offensive, but colloquial to give color to the scenes. Spillane started an entire genre of hard hitting crime fiction novels that are often copied to this day.
Put that aside if you can and enjoy a deliciously cheesy novel about two dimensional characters that do impossibly reckless things. In one scene, for example, Mike Hammer slams the heads of two men together like coconuts because they were ogling his girl. She giggles and tells him how safe she feels in his arms.
It might have been meant to be serious when it was written, but it comes across as improbable now, and actually quite funny. Enjoy it from a literary, historical point of view and you’ll have fun. Take it seriously and you’ll be quite disappointed. Too many clichés, plot holes and character flaws for that.
The story is performed by Mike Dennis who does a fine job of it. His voice fits the rough Mike Hammer perfectly, you can almost hear the stubble growing on his chin. His other characters are mostly fine, distinctive enough and easily discerned from each other.
It’s almost impossible to put ourselves into the mindset of a 1940’s reader. You will recognize so many modern detective stories in Spillane’s work. It’s worth it just for that perspective. Don’t get offended and read this one for what it is and you’ll have a bit of fun.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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"“I don't give a damn about reviews... Spillane"
The whole quote :“I don't give a damn about reviews. What I like to read are royalty checks.” ― Mickey Spillane. This isn't Spillane's best Mike Hammer. But it's still head and shoulders above the majority of other hard boiled detective efforts by others.The answer is "yes I WILL listen to 'I, the Jury' again. The narration sets up the mood of the writing. And makes listening a pleasure.
Spillane published in 1947. When men were ex GIs turned PIs. and women were dames with creamy skin and silky thighs ... sorry I lost my train of thought.
Anyway I like the era. One of my favorite series is by Max Allan Collins, the Matt Heller books. The 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in Heller's book do it for me. This is a Spillane classic and fits my likes.
I've listened to Mike Dennis on three or four different audio book performances. He commands a great pace, with voices that aren't affected, which seem plausable. One irksome trait that drives me nuts is "breathy" narration. MIKE ISN'T BREATHY!!! A good thing. lol
Just a pleasurable one of anticipating a few hours of good entertainment. Both by Spillane and the narration by Mike Dennis.
This was a treat.Thank you for making it available for review.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."
"Mike Dennis is perfect for this period gem."
Mike Hammer is a classic character. An old school Private Investigator who isn't PC and always gets his man. We see Mike Hammer for the first time in "I, the Jury". He continues as Mickey Spillane's muse for 21 novels with the latest "Murder Never Knocks" arriving in March 2016. Mike Dennis brings this first in the series from 1947 back to life. His voice tells the story as much as the words do. This is another great narration that few could do as well as Dennis.
Hammer's best friend from the World War 2 is murdered, a man who saved Hammer's life, and now the murder must die. Mike is willing to kill anyone who looks like a suspect and so the race against time and the police is on. Will Mike get the right man? Will he make a righteous kill, or will the police stop him. It's clear his conscious will not. A great listen for all who like the grit of old time radio with an edge.
"Dennis nails Hammer."
Mike Dennis nails Mike Hammer. He bangs out the perfect cadence.
One of the best.
"Awesome Book, Great Writer, Amazing Narrator!!"
Yes, great story and read in a convincing style that brought the 1950's tale alive.
Hammer reenacting the scene of his friend's death in his mind as he put the pieces together to solve the crime.
I think he hit Mike Hammer's voice on the head, nailed it as they say.
If you're going to commit murder, don't pick one of Mike Hammer's friends, you'll end dead real fast.
Mike Dennis did an awesome job, as good or better than Stacy Keach. Mike is a natural fit for parts like this.
"The beginning of a legend"
Yes I WILL It is like one of the top five of Hard boiled crime books of all time this is where it all started
How he deals with a death of a good friend
Mike Hammer Mike Dennis really captures it
Yes when he figures out the real crime and who did it.
So glad to find the full text finally narrated into an audio book
"Mike Hammer slips easily into 21st century skin."
Vengeance is mine.
When Mike Hammer stands over the dead body of his friend and swears vengeance.
Uncompromising style, I felt transported back to the era. I like the way the voice gathers momentum as the story progresses, matching the action perfectly. Very exciting performance.
Hammer is judge, jury & executioner.
Although this is a classic and the ending seems to present itself from the moment Hammer finds his friend's dead body, wait for it....the ending is far more complex and presents a satisfying twist.
Hated this one. Mike Hammer is a hard-boiled private detective, but all the “bad” characteristics about him are magnified a hundred-fold. He’s a racist, he’s a misogynist, he’s blind to the clues in front of him as he searches for his buddy’s killer, he’s heavy-handed with the torture, and he’s completely hell-bent on vengeance, no matter what anyone tells him (in fact, it seems most of his “friends” enable him). I don’t think I’ll continue with any more of the Mike Hammer series.
The narration wasn’t bad, except it was most one-note. All of the male characters had a deep, raspy, husky voice, and all of the female characters had a falsetto, raspy, husky voice. It would have been better if the narrator had simply read the book without the voices.
"Not my cup of tea"
I received this book for free for an honest and unbiased review
All I can say is this book is dated and was not what I expected. It was just not what I was looking for in a book. If you like hard core characters then this is for you but I just could not get into it.
"Don't waste your money like I did"
I've been waiting years for an unabridged audiobook of this detective classic. The book by Spillane is as good as it gets.
Any "tough guy" novel.
Somebody who has professional talent and experience. Mike Dennis sounds like a beginning acting student in college. He has no sense of what he is doing. I can't listen to this audio. His interpretation of dialogue is abysmal. Please, hire an accomplished professional to redo this audiobook. Dick Hill or somebody like that.
The narrator Mike Dennis is terrible. Please redo the book with an accomplished, veteran book narrator. These Spillane classics deserve the best.
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