A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood’s two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA’s seedy backstreets, Marlowe’s got his work cut out - and that’s before he stumbles over the first corpse...
©1939 Raymond Chandler Limited (a Chorion company) (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
This is a dramatization of the novel. They take the major parts and turned it into a sort of hour and a half soap opera. It's good acting and it captures the main plot points, but if you're looking for the entire novel The Big Sleep, this is not it. The full novel version is six hours long, narrated by Elliot Gould, and Audible doesn't carry it yet.
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THERE ARE A SERIES OF THESE DRAMATISED ADAPTATIONS OF CHANDLER'S BEST KNOWN WORKS, AND THIS - LIKE THE REST - IS A DELIGHTFUL LISTEN. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THESE ARE DRAMATISATIONS OF THE SOURCE MATERIAL, WITH A FULL CAST PERFORMING VARIOUS ROLES THROUGHOUT THE PRODUCTION. LIKE LISTENING TO AN OLD TIME RADIO PRODUCTION, ONLY BETTER, BECAUSE THIS PRODUCTION NEVER LOSES THE ATMOSPHERE OF CHANDLER'S PROSE. BRAVO!
It followed the original Chandler story. Performances were spot on.
Like all Chandler books, hard to put down.
This is a nice performance of a classic noir book, but unfortunately "noir" has been satirized and abused so often it's become a cliche for me. I'm sure it was terrific when it was originally written, but for me the abundance of imitators and satires have done it no favours over the years. I liked it, but it doesn't hold the punch it likely did originally.
It’s a short story so plot and characters are not developed as well as I’m used to. Philip goes around asking many people questions. It was hard to keep track of the many characters. He solves two mysteries. In the end when I learned who killed someone, the motive was not clear to me. Also, I realized I did not know some of the other plot points and motives. Apparently my mind wandered at the wrong times. This audiobook was harder to follow than other audiobooks. I’m not sure why. It’s probably better if one reads it instead of listens to it.
This audiobook is the Dramatised version with many actors. Two actors annoyed me. Carmen is talking to Philip. In the text there is one statement that she giggled. But in the audiobook, the actress is giggling throughout the entire conversation. It felt forced and annoyed me. I think Carmen was giggling in every scene she was in, and I doubt the word giggle was written next to every line in the book. I also did not like the Philip Marlowe actor sniffing. I counted 10 sniffs, but there may have been more. I don’t think the author wrote “sniffs” in the text. These were actor interpretations. I did not like them.
There were two kissing scenes. Those were interesting sounds. I liked them.
Genre: PI mystery
"the big sleep."
Fantastic audiobook.Close your eyes and you are literally transported back to 1940s LA.Toby Stephens is fantastic as as hard edged ,cynical wisecracking Phillip Marlowe.All the acting is first class and the soundtrack rides over it all brilliantly.I will buy all the Raymond Chandler recordings of this latest set.Highly recommended for those who like gumshoe style detective stories.
"The Original American PI"
It is a great book and I think this version is almost a radio play. The cast really make it for me.
It has to be Marlow, the archetypal flatfoot with a sharp nose and a big heart. The dames really dig him.
Any of Marlow's inner monologues are great Americana kitsch.
As it was a dramatisation it isn't too long to listen too all at once and that way you don't lose the thread.
"Stylish and Intense"
I've long been a fan of Raymond Chandler's stories, especially those featuring Philip Marlowe, the tough-talking hard-boiled private investigator 'who rates high for insubordination'. These relatively new audiobook productions are an all-round winner: evocative jazz score, high production values, and best of all, some very good acting from the cast. Toby Stephens is brilliant as Marlowe, a grumpy, intense, flawed, virile man... it's little wonder that the character and genre spawned so many copy-cats. This classic story centres on a tightly woven tale of blackmail, crooked dealings, gambling for high stakes and murder. General Sternwood's two flighty daughters are in deep trouble and only a private eye on $25 a day can solve the mystery. A superb story, well told and superbly acted.
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