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4.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 54.43 out of 5 4.43 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond Chandler Narrator: Toby Stephens, Trevor White, Saskia Reeves, Peter Polycarpou, James Lailey, Simon Bubb, Alun Raglan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe.

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/12/2014

    " The book was all right. Maybe I would have found it better had I read it consistently instead of taking a few days off here and there. It sort of reminded me of a 1920s movie, the way the PI spoke and his I-don't-give-a-damn attitude. "

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

    " i'm officially in love with Phillip Marlowe. and this book made me want a vodka gimlet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/28/2014

    " No one is better than Chandler. He's some kind of crazy hybrid of poet and hard-boiled Noir guy. My favorite line: "There are one hundred ninety ways of being a bastard and Carne knew all of them." Where did he get such genius? I can't wait to read more Chandler. It's literary crack, and I need more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 1/13/2014

    " My favorite Chandler novel. A rumination about friendship, responsibility, honor, obligation...made me very sad, I loved it. Also learned to like gimlets here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 1/3/2014

    " Sentence for sentence, Raymond Chandler is one of the best writers in the history of the English language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 12/14/2013

    " Surprisingly addictive, and endlessly charming in a tough kind of arrogant uniquely provocative way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malcolm | 11/27/2013

    " Chandler's prose is often imitated and sometimes mocked, but there's really nothing like the real thing. Phillip Marlowe continues to be the quintessential American hero, tough as nails but with a heart, good sense, and a soft part that comes through in his personal code. How many modern characters, especially ones in such hard-boiled circumstances, wouldn't $5000 that was given to him by a dead man? Because he hadn't "earned" it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 11/18/2013

    " One of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. I loved Chandler's prose style and Marlowe is a badass! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edmole | 10/22/2013

    " Far, far better than most other things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Hunter | 10/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed the set of Chandler's short stories, but the pithiness gets wearisome stretched over a whole novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Singer | 9/29/2013

    " This ranks with "Farewell My Lovely" as the best of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels. It's not just a good crime story but is great literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sidharth Shekhar | 9/10/2013

    " nice to read a good old-fashioned detective story. I really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 5/25/2013

    " A satisfying mystery. Chandler is not simply a master of the noir crime novel, he's also a sharp prose stylist and a perceptive observer of human nature. Marlowe's Laurel Canyon address should be as much a literary landmark as Sherlock's address on Baker St. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/21/2013

    " I think this is the best of *all* the detective fiction genre, hands down. But it's much more than that. It's true poetry, intrigue, gorgeous vintage California, noir satisfaction, and more more more. Chandler's greatest work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Brackett | 1/26/2013

    " I'm not a typically fan of mystery novels, but loved this book. Raymond Chandler's writing is in a class of its own, witty and surprisingly philosophical. Marlowe is pretty much impossible not to love. Highly recommend to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/8/2012

    " One the best from Chandler, and the most thoroughly complete story. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sun | 7/11/2012

    " How is it that Chandler manges to write so simply and yet produce natural and vivid prose? He does it with solid plotting too and a glut of memorable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Hanley | 6/10/2012

    " Nice to read one in the classic detective book genre "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 5/16/2012

    " This is the real deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhbright | 2/27/2012

    " As for this book, "the French have a phrase for it. The bastards have a phrase for everything and they are always right." C'est magnifique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Page | 1/20/2012

    " Amazing so far. Doing research for my own novel, and this guy was a total master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skittle Booth | 12/20/2011

    " The author's voice/making sense of the detective's character is the real interest here, not the plot. Is the hard-boiled detective really just misanthropic? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 10/28/2011

    " Excellent. To say anything else would lessen my feeling of rapture. "

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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.