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Michael

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  • Playback

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Marlowe is assigned to tail classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield - 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.

    Old Hippy says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    Overall

    Great plot and characters, excellent hard-boiled (and, at times, funny) writing by Chandler. Elliott Gould does a really fine job with the narration also. I wish they hadn't abridged it ... wonder why? It's so refrershing to listen to a story that doesn't rely on exotic or impossible technology, gratuitous sex, an ending where everything blows up, and all the other gimmicks used by so many so-called authors today. (There was a little sex, but it fit in beautifully.) Just a great tale, well-read! You won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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