A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe.
Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He’s willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA’s Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn’t kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?
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Dr. Nils Rasmussen
I'm a huge fan of those old radio plays from the 40's & 50's so at first I was a bit skeptical that they could re-create what is now an entirely lost artform. But I was blown away by how wonderful a job they did at producing that same feeling while listening. The acting, music, sound effects & overall production all contributed to a really great translation of Raymond Chandler's book into the different medium.
Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.
In the upper third. These dramatized Chandler tales aren't not long enough to spend a full credit on, but they are entertaining enough to pay the small price Audible asks for them.
The dramatization. These abridge shorts are very well made.
I really like the background sounds (a clink of a glass, the click of a gun, etc.)
Bought this one and then started collecting some of the others. I'm up to three of these now, and can see myself buying a few more.
Dramatisation is certainly more fun than a single reader's voice. Reader's chosen well and great material.
"Very effective dramatisation of the book"
This is the Radio play from Raymond Chandlers book and condenses one of the very best Philip Marlowe stories into a one and a half hour play. Certain characters (Linda and Dr Loring) are missing altogether, but that is the nature of an adaption. The relationship between Marlowe and Terry Lennox, which lies at the heart of the story is very effectively played and overall I preferred this faithful adaptation of Chandlers book, to the film version, which in my view took too many liberties with the story
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