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  • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Volume 1

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic detective noir.

  • By J. Thomas on 08-14-16

Meh

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I love Raymond Chandler but this radio production simply isn't as good as the audiobooks.

  • The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Franklin Tonsoti on 09-15-16

loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I thought it was great despite the short length. Can't beat the classics in this genre.

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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 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,747

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Class Noir

  • By Ian C Robertson on 08-09-15

I loved it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The narrator had a great voice, great natural tone for Marlowe. The story was quick and top the point as a hard boiled mystery ought to be.

  • Lost Gods

  • A Novel
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears. Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting...a good listen

  • By Richard on 05-10-17

Hard boiled Orpheus

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I dig it. The story is good, unpredictable, and lands on a firm ending. The prose is clean and the plot a fresh take on the heroes journey.

  • The Elements of Style (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-14

Frustration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I love the book but it loses its purpose in audio form. there's too many lists of words and series of statements to keep track unless you've memorized, or have in hand, the physical version. Poorly spent credit in my opinion.

  • Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story

  • By: Angus Fletcher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Angus Fletcher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Whether you want to write your own scripts or simply gain a deeper appreciation for the great stories you see unfold on the screen, Professor Angus Fletcher is here to show you the way in Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story. Professor Fletcher, Professor of English and Film at The Ohio State University, brings both a personal and scholarly perspective to this craft. As a screenwriter himself, he has experienced the ins and outs of the process first-hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's great

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-11-18

it's great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-18

the lecture is well narrated and offers more than a dozen excellent plot analysis. It's only weak point is it's repetative style, though it may just be me.

The prof. makes his point in the first third of the courseand the rest is emphasizing this method in a myriad of examples.

It wasn't the best Great Course I've listened to but it's in the top 5.

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