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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 - March 26, 1959) was a British-American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at age forty-four, Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published seven novels during his lifetime (an eighth, in progress at the time of his death, was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been made into motion pictures, some several times. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March 26, 1959, in La Jolla, California.

Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature. He is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett's Sam Spade, is considered by some to be synonymous with "private detective," both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe.

Some of Chandler's novels are considered important literary works, and three are often considered masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye was praised in an anthology of American crime stories as "arguably the first book since Hammett's The Glass Key, published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery".
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    • The Big Sleep

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,966
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,735

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Class Noir

    • By Ian C Robertson on 08-09-15

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Farewell My Lovely

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,561
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,434

    Eight years ago Moose Malloy and cute little redhead Velma were getting married - until someone framed Malloy for armed robbery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Fond Farewell

    • By Ian C Robertson on 10-21-15

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Lady in the Lake

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    Hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe follows the trail of a missing woman in Raymond Chandler's classic mystery tale....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not Chandler's best. Convoluted plot.

    • By Tim on 11-27-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Long Goodbye

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    Philip Marlowe finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he's divorced and re-married. She ends up dead....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Poor Narration

    • By Franklin Tonsoti on 09-15-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Playback

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    Jaded and cynical Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe meets up with classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield in this last novel by the master of mystery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It doesn't get any better than this!

    • By Old Hippy on 09-04-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Killer in the Rain

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Here are four classic mysteries from the master of the America detective story....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Old school detective stories... of great value.

    • By Rev. Kate on 07-20-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Red Wind

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    In this early Chandler short story, John Dalmas (aka Philip Marlowe) investigates a series of murders in classic hard-boiled fashion....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cool story, but overpriced!

    • By Old Hippy on 08-28-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The High Window

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Why abridged?

    • By H.E. Bond on 07-05-17

    Regular price: $11.86

    • Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised)

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens, Trevor White, Saskia Reeves, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Way To Spend One & A Half Hours

    • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 11-24-12

    Regular price: $10.66

    • Trouble Is My Business

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    Private eye John Dalmas sets out to rescue a rich young playboy from the clutches of a fortune-hunting redhead and a blackmailing gambler....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not worth your money.

    • By Manuel on 11-03-15

    Regular price: $13.96

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