I read all of Chandler over and over 30 years ago, and was leery of listening to books I already knew so well, but Gould's unforced reading was just so right, catching each character without pushing too hard, just letting Chandler's great language take center stage. I wish other narrator's would take a cue from Gould. I give The Big Sleep and Farewell My Lovely five stars, and wish the other books were unabridged, particularly The Lady in the Lake and the The Long Goodbye.
My preference is almost always the interior narrator: the voice in my head when I am reading silently to myself, and I have read this book so many times--and yet Muller does a wonderful job with the voice of Ishmael, street-wise, ship-wise, and philisophical, truly rendering the epic drama and poem of Moby Dick. Moreover, I think the lined poems, the songs, the epigrams, dialogs and monologues, those "extra" parts of the narrative, all seem welded into the story by Muller's reading. Really great!
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