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4.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 5 4.38 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond Chandler Narrator: Toby Stephens, Sarah Goldberg, Iain Batchelor, Sean Baker, Claire Harry, 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 final completed 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 'Playback', Marlowe is awakened early in the morning by a phone call from a lawyer. Clyde Umney instructs him to meet the eight o'clock train from Chicago, and shadow one of the passengers.

The lady in question, Eleanor King, is beautiful, classy and clearly unhappy. Obediently, Marlowe follows her - all the way to Esmerelda, where she's going under the name Betty Mayfield and being leaned on by a cheap blackmailer.

Stuck doing a sneaky job for people he doesn't like, Marlowe feels even grubbier than usual: and he's soon in more trouble than usual too as he comes up against gangsters, hard men and a hitman...

Starring Toby Stephens, this exciting dramatisation retains all the verve of Chandler's last novel.

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Listener Opinions

  • 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.