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Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
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Strangers on a Train

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Narrator Bronson Pinchot
Length 9 hours 41 minutes
Language English
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In Patricia Highsmith’s debut novel, we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith’s perilous world—where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.

The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith on a prolific career of noir fiction, and proved her mastery of depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Bronson Pinchot began talking at 9 months of age. Today, half a century later, he talks into a microphone in a soundproof booth for a living. In between, he attended Yale University as well as the acting programs at Shakespeare & Co. and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.

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Reviews

“For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there’s no one like Patricia Highsmith.”

“A book that still has the power to shock seventy years later. That power comes through in Bronson Pinchot’s narration. His voice conveys the requisite pitch of menace and malice, at once impulsive and premeditated, as well as the sly humor that was a characteristic of so much of Highsmith’s fiction.”

“A moody and disturbing excavation of guilty paranoia.”

Strangers on a Train is a moral-vertigo thriller: Crime and Punishment for a post-atomic age.”

“It is a truly gripping murder story. And yet, the psychological terror of the book is informed by the dual psychosis of its main characters.”

“An incredible study of psychological torture and how fine the membrane is between normality and the underlying darkness.”

“Strangers on a Train is filled with paranoia and anxiety, and through its twists and turns, we, like poor Guy Haines, are also drawn into psychopath Bruno’s web.”

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