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  • The Long Goodbye

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Raymond Chandler began his writing career at age 45. His muscular, fast-paced style set the standard for American hard-boiled mysteries. He distilled the essence of life in Southern California in the 1940s and 1950s. In The Long Goodbye, private eye Philip Marlowe befriends a down-on-his-luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he's divorced and remarried. She ends up dead. Soon Lennox is on the lam, and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

    Carol says: "Ruined by a poor reader"
    "Ruined by a poor reader"
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    What disappointed you about The Long Goodbye?

    The reader was so poor that it was impossible to follow the story, which is largely dialog. The reader made almost no distinction between character's voices. Therefore it was not clear who was talking when. This is a critical factor in the Chandler style of dialog-driven plot. Classic and excellent story, but not accessible in this Audible format. Better buy the print edition.


    What other book might you compare The Long Goodbye to and why?

    with a good reader, possibly Michael Connelly - Harry Bosch series


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elliott Gould’s performances?

    Absolutely not


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the book? yes. The reader - can't think of a single one.


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