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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,254 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond Chandler Narrator: Toby Stephens, Richard Ridings, Madeline Potter, Patt Starr, Jude Akuwudike, Sean Baker, Joanna Munro, Lloyd Thomas, Sam Dale Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler's second Philip Marlowe mystery.

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.

In 'Farewell My Lovely', Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian's nightclub. Just released from prison, Moose Malloy is looking for his old flame, red-haired Velma Valento, who he last saw eight years ago.

Before Marlowe can blink, Malloy has smashed up the club, broken the manager's neck and headed out of the door. Marlowe knows this mess is none of his business, but he has a hunch that he can find Velma. He just has to hope that curiosity doesn't get him killed as well...Starring Toby Stephens, this fast-paced dramatisation is full of wisecracks and colourful characters, and retains all the charm and humour of Chandler's stylish, suspenseful novel.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Hinton | 2/18/2014

    " This is the first Raymond Chandler book that I've read. To be honest, I didn't think the story was all that good - it certainly wasn't bad, it just wasn't really anything special. The dialogue on the other hand was fantastic and has left me wanting to read the rest of Chandler's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tim | 2/7/2014

    " Probably my favorite Chandler thread of the three I've read. The pace builds with unbroken momentum like a careening train loaded with blindingly twisted plots, razor-sharp vernacular, wanton humor, and most of all, Marlowe's ceaseless wit, metaphors, and uncomprimised ethics--no matter how many beatings he endures or whiskey he drinks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kean Soo | 2/5/2014

    " Just wanted to mention that the audiobook, read by Elliott Gould, is pretty darn fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 1/18/2014

    " I think this is Chandler's best novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justianna Birzin | 1/18/2014

    " Raymond Chandler. Just when you think you know the guy, he pulls a fast one. Like a smoky fog, covering up the lights that twinkle in the houses of each of the lonely individuals in this city of angels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 12/29/2013

    " Really a detective novel. Very detached, cold style of writing. Despite my lukewarm response, I'm still curious about "The Big Sleep." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/24/2013

    " "She was a blond who could make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window..." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P. | 12/18/2013

    " Somewhat weaker/more convoluted plot than "The Big Sleep", but man oh man can that man write. Usually prose that attempts to be so descriptive ends up reading like wading through deep mud, but Chandler somehow manages to keep his metaphors light and crispy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. R. | 12/5/2013

    " Not as great as The Lady in the Lake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Trudeau | 11/18/2013

    " I've heard Farewell, My Lovely be described as a beautiful mess and that's about the best summary of it I've ever heard. What saves it from being a rambling affair is Chandler's prose and characters. Plot wise, it's a rat's nest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moonit | 11/15/2013

    " I like this one best, so far, of the Raymond Chandler books that I've read. It's got a really solid story and the charisma of the protagonist is up to its usual standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 6/30/2013

    " Didn't enjoy it as much as The Big Sleep, but still pretty good. Looking forward to reading The High Window. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freder | 4/17/2013

    " Gets my vote as the best hardboiled detective novel ever -- and a legitimate all-around Great Work of Literature. This was my first Chandler -- and what a place to start! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ibis3 | 2/20/2013

    " Another one out of the park for Mr. Chandler. There were times I lost the gist of the dialogue (it's like Marlowe and his associates often speak in code, but no one can beat Chandler's language. Fantastic all they way though. Can't wait for The High Window. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 12/16/2012

    " Having watched The Good German, last night, reminded me... I read this, and really enjoyed it. Ah, this memory of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 9/15/2012

    " Every time I read another Chandler book I think it's the best one I've read yet. I don't know if that's true, but they sure leave me satisfied. Great stuff - such staying power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Purcell | 7/31/2012

    " Such gorgeous dialogue at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Loveland | 11/19/2011

    " I don't have much to say about this one. I read it because it was required reading for my course and I enjoyed it, but the poetic style and fog and beat-like descriptions were pretty strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete Kelly | 6/6/2011

    " the father of "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jdeare | 5/12/2011

    " This is a good genre book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/11/2011

    " loved. A terrific, hard-boiled crime/mystery that never let me get ahead of the action. Never spoon feeds the reader. Only issue was that I couldn't get Humphrey Bogart's voice out of my head "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gh | 5/2/2011

    " Not only perhaps the best American detective novel, but arguably the greatest American novel about the reasons for--and limits of--friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 4/18/2011

    " Loved the tight, very descriptive language. Not a word was wasted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renfield | 3/21/2011

    " Conceptually probably my favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 3/16/2011

    " Love Raymond Chandler, and this one is great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlaboulton | 3/16/2011

    " I love this book, in fact it's probably time to re-read some Chandler "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/16/2011

    " Most haunting Chandler novel. Most complex. Also, the Altman movie was unforgettable, even though it didn't have much to do with the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cslove | 3/8/2011

    " Good, but I liked The Big Sleep better. "

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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.