Nightmare Alley

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD46877
Released: Nov 05, 2019
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ISBN: #9781094030258
Narrator/s: Adam Sims
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Stanton Carlisle is smart, good-looking and ambitious. Among the outcasts, freaks and geeks of the Ten-in-One sideshow, he learns that the public is there to be gulled, and he learns how to do it. Amoral and brilliant, he aims for the brighter lights of vaudeville before a much bigger coup faking spiritualism for the rich. But his own dark fears haunt him, and he is not the only one taking advantage of terror and desire. Published in 1946, Nightmare Alley is a noir classic - at once a vivid insight into the sub-culture of the carny, and a bleak and gripping fable.

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Narrator(s): Peter Berkrot
Product Number Z100167727
Released: Jan 05, 2021
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781705234679
Narrator(s): Adam Sims
Product Number Z100028334
Released: Apr 01, 2011
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Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN: #9781843794837
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Released: Jan 17, 2014
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Publisher: NYRB Classics
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Professional reviews

"Gresham's little-remembered noir masterpiece deserves a whole new generation of readers, and Adam Sims's dark performance is a marvelous way to reach them. The story begins in a carnival, which provides a narrator's dream assortment of characters. Though some are unmistakably comic, Gresham's vision is anything but lighthearted. His protagonist, Stanley Carlisle, is a mind reader cum spiritualist who preys on the lonely and despairing without recognizing the blackness at his own center. Sims is alive to the tragedy of Carlisle but never seeks to soften him. He coldly follows Carlisle on his unmerciful path--right to the devastating but inevitable end. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"