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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond Chandler Narrator: Elliott Gould Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe follows the trail of a missing woman in Raymond Chandler's classic mystery tale. Experience Chandler's cool wit and taut language as his most famous character travels through the sunbaked streets of Southern California, unraveling a tangled web of murder and deception. Elliott Gould, who played Marlowe in Robert Altman's film version of The Long Goodbye, once again brings L.A.'s toughest private eye to life. Gould captures the distinctive combination of cynicism and gruff compassion that have made Marlowe one of America's favorite fictional heroes.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tosh | 2/14/2014

    " For those who are interested, Boris Vian translated this Raymond Chandler book into French, sometime in the late 40's while working on 'Foam of the Daze.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Salvidge | 2/4/2014

    " It's solid but a fair way off Chandler's best. The early part is set in a rural location called Little Fawn Lake, and while the descriptions are very detailed, I think Chandler's work suffers when it isn't set in the city. Luckily, most of this novel is, and that's where it really gets going. Frankly, some of the writing in The Lady in the Lake isn't as good as it could be, however. It's workmanlike and lacking the pizzazz of Chandler's first, second and sixth novels. The plot gets more and more convoluted as it goes, leading to a long Marlowe explanation at the end. And yet...it moves at a cracking pace, is filled with interesting and well realised characters, and is generally a hell of a lot better than most people could do. "

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

    " What a great mystery novel! Zooey Deschanel mentioned this book in an article I read awhile ago, so I decided to check it out from the library. It was a really good read; a classic, almost romantic mystery. I wish I'd known about Raymond Chandler sooner!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ezra | 1/29/2014

    " I love Chandler, so even when the story isn't the most compelling, I'm always entertained by the worlds and characters he creates. The Lady in the Lake is a fairly typical Marlowe adventure, with the usual femme fatale and hard-noised cops giving Philip a tough once (or twice) over. Though the story plods a bit more than some of his others, it's most definitely worth a read. "

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

    " I have fallen in love with Raymond Chandler's writing for eg. "She looked playful and eager, but not quite sure of herself, like a new kitten in a house where they don't care much about kittens." Great story, dialogue, characters, settings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 1/23/2014

    " Chandler is always entertaining but I found this one less fluent - like he was forcing himself to be clever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Joan | 1/20/2014

    " This was a "gateway" book for me--now I want to read everything Chandler's ever written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M.H. Vesseur | 1/15/2014

    " Um... ik ga dit boek nog lezen maar na het invoeren van de cover en de gegevens is de betreffende knop niet te vinden. Mijn review volgt dus nog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/9/2014

    " I'm riveted by this type of shit. Mistaken identity, attractive gigolos, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Pauls | 12/31/2013

    " Chandler's mastery of both plot and style are waved in your face like a certain snub-nosed .38 here. What I took away from this book was the realization that Marlowe is just so alone. He really has no one in his life and really wants no one in his life. He's a singular character in every way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P_oh | 10/23/2013

    " Was pretty interesting, never a dull moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skittle Booth | 8/26/2013

    " A unique voice, compelling in its dryness, but even I could figure out who did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pinknantucket | 4/5/2013

    " On a bit of a Chandler binge; liked this one a lot plus I guessed the plot twist quite early on - yay me! (probably that means it's a fairly obvious plot twist). I wish I was as calm & capable & clever as Marlowe... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani Bear | 3/24/2013

    " I don't usually read this genre but I found the book to be engrossing and I loved the fact that it was set in a place that I know well. Bay City is Santa Monica. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 5/28/2010

    " Enjoyed reading all of Raymond Chandler's books. I think of him as one of the first Noir writers. Read them years ago and then again later. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 robert | 8/4/2009

    " My opinion: By this time, Chandler had lost it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/30/2008

    " Actually the first Raymond Chandler book I ever read and in many ways my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 7/12/2008

    " The tops. Hangs in there with the first three Marlowe books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/29/2008

    " My second Chandler read. A little harder to follow but still love his style "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney | 11/10/2004

    " One of the few detective novels I liked. I expected to hate this book when it was assigned but I was pleasantly surprised. Though the ending is predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sinclair | 6/21/2004

    " Great book. I do prefer Hammet's prose to Chandler's, but Chandler does have a lyrical quality, some great lines and a memorable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronny Brown | 11/14/2002

    " Chandler's Philip Marlowe is back and how! The dialogue is crackling and the scene-setting, mood and inter-play between characters first rate. I'm about a third of the way through and to think I didn't ever want to read it because of the title! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 3/16/2002

    " I didn't like this one as well at first, but once it gets going it really is fantastic. the subtle way he weaves hints to the reader as to the true nature of events is outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenny | 12/1/2000

    " Interesting characters drive an engrossing plot. An excellent Chandler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Selby | 10/17/2000

    " Reading Raymond Chandler is like going on a drinking binge. Now I feel hungover. Not his best, but stays true to his ethos. "

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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.