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  • The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler

    The Big Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1720)
    Story
    (1716)

    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.

    Aaron says: "Detective Noir at its finest"
  • Farewell My Lovely | Raymond Chandler

    Farewell My Lovely

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1089)

    Eight years ago Moose Malloy and cute little redhead Velma were getting married - until someone framed Malloy for armed robbery. Now his stretch is up and he wants Velma back. PI Philip Marlow meets Malloy one hot day in Hollywood and, out of the generosity of his jaded heart, agrees to help him. Dragged from one smoky bar to another, Marlowe's search for Velma turns up plenty of dangerous gangsters with a nasty habit of shooting first and talking later.

    Ian C Robertson says: "A Fond Farewell"
  • Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection | Raymond Chandler

    Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.

    Die Falknerin says: "Toby Stephens goes California Noir"
  • Red Wind | Raymond Chandler

    Red Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    "There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch." Before there was Philip Marlowe, there was John Dalmas, a character very much like Marlowe. (In some later editions of this short story, the protagonist's name is actually changed to Marlowe's.) Here, he investigates a series of murders in classic hard-boiled fashion.

    Old Hippy says: "Cool story, but overpriced!"
  • Playback | Raymond Chandler

    Playback

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    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!"
  • Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised) | Raymond Chandler,Robert B Parker

    Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler, Robert B Parker
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Lorelei King, Stephen Campbell Moore, and others
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is now married, living in the resort town of Poodle Springs. Once again, he sets himself up as an investigator and soon finds himself in the middle of blackmail and murder....

    Gregytect says: "These BBC performances were really well done!!!"
  • The High Window | Raymond Chandler

    The High Window

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune - the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.

    Clo-Clo says: "Wish it was unabridged"
  • The Long Goodbye | Raymond Chandler

    The Long Goodbye

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    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.

    Franklin Tonsoti says: "Poor Narration"
  • Trouble Is My Business | Raymond Chandler

    Trouble Is My Business

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Private eye John Dalmas sets out to rescue a rich young playboy from the clutches of a fortune-hunting redhead and a blackmailing gambler. But as he through the seamy underside of L.A.'s wealth and glitz, he keeps bumping into dead bodies.

    Manuel says: "Not worth your money."
  • The Long Goodbye | Raymond Chandler

    The Long Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1124)

    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.

    Wayne says: "I first read The Long Goodbye over 50 years ago"
  • Killer in the Rain | Raymond Chandler

    Killer in the Rain

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Here are four classic mysteries from the master of the American detective story. "Killer in the Rain" and "The Curtain" are early works that laid the groundwork for the creation of the Philip Marlowe character. "Goldfish" and "Finger Man" feature Marlowe at his very best. A must-have collection for every Chandler fan.

    Rev. Kate says: "Old school detective stories... of great value."
  • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Volume 1 | Raymond Chandler

    The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Gerald Mohr stars as Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled gumshoe in The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, a series based on one of the most popular sleuths in the history of crime fiction. The show first aired in 1947, with Van Heflin in the title role. Chandler disliked the initial incarnation, dubbing it "totally flat". However, in the 1948 revival, Chandler admitted satisfaction, remarking that Mohr's voice "packed personality". Mohr indeed made the role of Marlowe his own, portraying a brash and forceful tough guy who could let fly with the occasional wisecrack.

    J. Thomas says: "Classic detective noir."
  • The Lady in the Lake | Raymond Chandler

    The Lady in the Lake

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe follows the trail of a missing woman in Raymond Chandler's classic mystery tale. Experience Chandler's cool wit and taut language as his most famous character travels through the sunbaked streets of Southern California, unraveling a tangled web of murder and deception. Elliott Gould, who played Marlowe in Robert Altman's film version of The Long Goodbye, once again brings L.A.'s toughest private eye to life.

    Tim says: "Not Chandler's best. Convoluted plot."
  • The High Window | Raymond Chandler

    The High Window

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Philip Marlowe's on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. That's the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That's also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA gets cops' noses out of joint.

    Edwillmom says: "Ray Porters reading is great"
  • The Little Sister | Raymond Chandler

    The Little Sister

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The Little Sister, one of noir master Raymond Chandler's later novels, paints his darkest portrait yet of the underside of the City of Angels. Detective Phillip Marlowe is once again on the case, helping a "little sister", a sweet young girl from Kansas, find her missing brother in Tinseltown. A blackmailer and an ambitious starlet play key roles in this bleak tale, Chandler's savage indictment of the Hollywood dream factory.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Great Marriage of Talent"
  • Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised) | Raymond Chandler

    Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Trevor White, Saskia Reeves, and others
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    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?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Great Way To Spend One & A Half Hours"
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (Dramatised) | Raymond Chandler

    Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Kelly Burke, Barbara Barnes, and others
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    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.

    JAMIE says: "WARNING: NOT THE COMPLETE NOVEL"
  • Poodle Springs | Robert B. Parker,Raymond Chandler

    Poodle Springs

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Marlowe is back...and he's married to a rich, beautiful society lady who wants him to settle down in the posh desert community of Poodle Springs. Marlowe may have married rich, but old habits die hard: he's hired to recover a gambling debt and soon finds himself in a case involving bigamy, pornography and murder. The first four chapters of this final Marlowe mystery were written by noir master Raymond Chandler at the end of his life. Robert B. Parker was chosen by Chandler's estate to complete his last work.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite of Chandler/Parker's Works"
  • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Volume 4 | Raymond Chandler

    The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Volume 4

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    Gerald Mohr stars as Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled gumshoe in The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, a series based on one of the most popular sleuths in the history of crime fiction. The show first aired in 1947, with Van Heflin in the title role. Chandler disliked the initial incarnation, dubbing it "totally flat". However, in the 1948 revival, Chandler admitted satisfaction, remarking that Mohr's voice "packed personality".

  • Mandarin's Jade and Other Stories | Raymond Chandler

    Mandarin's Jade and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    So there I was, holed up in my office, trying to duck the bill collectors, when she walked in. She was the kind of sweet cookie that made your eyes water like you were hit with a 10-ton blackjack. She told me Raymond Chandler created the hard-boiled private eyes that rule American crime fiction, and this collection traces the genesis of Chandler's style in such stories as "Mandarin's Jade", "The Man Who Liked Dogs", and "Try the Girl".

    Leo W. Buss says: "Narrator problematic"
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