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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond Chandler Narrator: Elliott Gould Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Jaded and cynical Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe meets up with classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield in this last novel by the master of mystery, Raymond Chandler.

Marlowe is assigned to tail Betty - a cinch, he thinks, until lounge lizard Larry Mitchell turns up dead outside Betty's hotel room a few hours after pawing her in a California club.

Filled with Chandler's famed snappy repartee and starkly frightening scenes, Playback simmers with suspense as Marlowe tries to solve a tale of big money - and, of course, murder. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/17/2014

    " This is Raymond Chandler's last Philip Marlowe mystery, and one of his best. Marlowe is in true form, a tough, smart-mouthed PI with a soft spot for the underdogs. The story is laced with profound, yet elegant prose. This one I will read again one day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/2/2014

    " I like his books. I can just see Humphrey Bogart when I read the books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 1/18/2014

    " One of the later Philip Marlowe detective stories and lesser known. I'm not a big fan of detective stories. Set in 1958, it's really a period piece - it was a different way of life back then... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/6/2014

    " Finally picked this up after figuring it would rule but ignoring it since a friend gave it to me like 3 years ago now. I was right. Super fast read (did most of it a on plane from Salt Lake City to Detroit) with amazing style and one liners. It's a noire mystery, I guess, but the plot seemed less important than the characters. Still no clue where the title comes from. Wikipedia says this was Chandler's last and weakest novel. Looking forward to checking out "The Big Sleep" and "The Long Goodbye." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hagan | 1/5/2014

    " The weakest of RC's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/2/2014

    " The scene with Marlowe, Ross Goble, and the waiter is especially gratifying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/1/2014

    " It was meh. Some great lines but I didn't feel compelled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tosh | 12/19/2013

    " Chandler's last novel and it lacks his normal sense of energy and wit. Not a terrible book, because Chandler can't write something that horrible. Nevertheless it's a weak work, but a weak novel from a master. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Ronstadt | 11/16/2013

    " My reading sched' is all messed up... books inside of boxes inside of PODS... but this one made it to the airport with me... a relatively low nutritional value but get 60 pages in and you'll be hooked:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/11/2013

    " Not as good as I was hoping for, but the leading lady is a ginger! so score on that front :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Holmes | 10/4/2013

    " Not the best Chandler book, but nonetheless gripping and interesting. Better to read last as its plot is less confusing and twisting as his other books, it's a beautiful epitaph for Philip Marlowe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eyupcan | 3/11/2013

    " blackmail murder puzzles but in the end the romance talk with linda from paris something new I came across in his novels :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alwa | 1/23/2013

    " Ehhhh. I liked it, I guess, but maybe I'm judging it more harshly because i hold chandler to a higher standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 11/30/2012

    " Standard Raymond Chandler fare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bookczuk | 6/23/2012

    " Why is it that whenever I read a Raymond Chandler novel, I hear Humphrey Bogart speaking in my head? And a gorgeous redhead is only fitting to be in this last of Chandler's novels as an object of interest for the timeless Phillip Marlowe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 5/17/2012

    " The final Marlowe book sees the detective get involved in a strange case in southern California. He doesn't really know what's going on, and neither does the reader. Did he win? Can't tell. But there is a happy ending to finish the year on. Rated PG for low level violence and adult themes. 3.5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Price | 4/14/2010

    " The master of noir. With a turn of phrase so sharp he can take your eye out. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 2/28/2010

    " Chandler's way with words is as fresh and colourful in this last of his Marlowe mysteries as ever. The encounter with Henry Clarendon IV in a hotel lobby is as good as hard-boiled detective fiction gets. "

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About the Author
Author Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler (1888–1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, after losing his job as an oil company executive, Chandler at age forty-four and during the Depression decided to become a writer. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published only seven novels during his life. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America.