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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.

©1959 Raymond Chandler Limited (a Chorion company) Raymond Chandler™ (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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These BBC performances were really well done!!!

What made the experience of listening to Poodle Springs the most enjoyable?

The performances by each actor were low-key and subtle where appropriate, and energetic and dramatic where that was appropriate; there were no schmaltzy, overly melodramatic performances. The sound effects created a convincing atmosphere and environment that completely drew me in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the main character, Philip Marlowe, is the one who speaks in each scene and speaks directly to you, the listener.

What does Toby Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have read all of Raymond Chandler's novels and short stories and seen the movies, The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye, the BBC's series on Raymond Chandler's works brought a really enjoyable balance between reading his works where you use your imagination to flesh out scenes and action, and movies where everything is done for you. <br/><br/>I don't have any other performances by other actors doing Philip Marlowe so I can't compare Toby Stephens to another actor but I can say that Stephens does a beautiful job: I bought the entire BBC/Raymond Chandler/Toby Stephens series offered by Audible.com and enjoy each one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not a particular moment. I enjoyed the whole performance.

Any additional comments?

Even though these performances were abridged from Chandler's original written works, I did not miss any deleted lines and scenes nor could I tell. Wish each one was longer and wish there were more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • thomas
  • United States
  • 12-24-11

THE LAST MARLOW

ROBERT PARKER TOOK RAYMOND CHANDLER'S UNFINISHED MANUSCRIPT AND PUT SOME POLISH TO IT AND SRVED US UP THE LAST OF THE MARLOW STORIES; AND FOR THE MOST PART IT WORKS WONDERFULLY. THOUGH NOWHERE NEAR AS INSIGHTFUL OR COLORFUL AS SOME OF CHANDLER'S EARLY WORKS THIS IS STILL A SOLID EFFORT; AND YOU CAN DEFINETLY FEEL PARKER'S INFLUENCE IN THE DIALOGUE. AS WITH THE OTHER OFFERINGS FOR THE CHANDLER STORIES THIS IS A RADIO STYLE DRAMATIZATION RATHER THAN A STRAIGHT ON READING OF THE MATERIAL. EACH CHARACTER HAS A SEPERATE VOICE, AND ALL ARE WELL ACTED. THE ONLY MISGIVINGS I HAD WAS IN THE CHARACTER OF MARLOW. HAVING BECOME MARRIED TO A RICH WOMAN OF CONSIDERABLE MEANS, MARLOW FEELS LIKE A KEPT MAN AND YAERNS FOR THE INDEPENDANCE OF HIS YOUNGER DAYS; HOWEVER THIS MAKES FOR SOME AWKWARD MOMENTS WHERE MARLOW SEEMED HE HAD A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER, AND TRUTHFULLY HE ACTED LIKE A JERK TO HIS WIFE THROUGH MOST OF THE STORY. BUT THIS, LIKE THE OTHER DRAMATIZATIONS OF CHANDLER'S STORIES IS AN EXTREMELY EASY AND ENJOYABLE LISTEN.

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Don't bother

Made for radio and not written well. Definitely not Chandler and totally not worth the time.

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Excellent

Really enjoy radio plays...mystery theatre type things. Love PI mysteries of the 40's in movie form even better when done well as radio. Good story. Well done by all the actors!

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  • Dennis
  • FORT PIERCE, FL, United States
  • 04-02-15

The way tough guys used to be

Where does Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a great story and the writer can spin a tale that keeps you interested

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the ending with the shootout,classic

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The readers are a group that is very talented and the characters are alive and interesting

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did have to laugh at some of the one liner comebacks

Any additional comments?

I shall read more of these storied and look forward to other adventures of Phil

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  • JP
  • 12-27-11

Quaint

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for an old-time story presented as an old-time radio drama, look no further. Detectives were simpler when Raymond Chandler was writing, as were we all. Now, the plot seems to lack sophistication, and although Marlowe was hard-boiled by the standards of the time, he appears rather naive as well as two-dimensional compared to a Spenser or a Lucas Davenport. Robert Parker's efforts in completing the manuscript after Chandler's death were moderately successful, but the book is not as satisfying as some Chandler novels or as any of the pure Parker novels. Also, it is dramatized rather than read, which means it does not fit with the other books in Audible's Robert B. Parker collection.

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  • S Wood
  • 06-09-15

Great Marlowe.

Dramatisation that evokesHumphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Enjoyed it so much I went and got tge other recordings in the series

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  • angeline
  • 11-13-13

Hard Boiled with a Soft Centre

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's under 60 minutes, but well-acted with a fine plot

What was one of the most memorable moments of Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)?

When the killer was discovered, and their reasons for their crimes

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe: very warm, masculine, sensual voice

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'Beneath the wealth and class, lies corruption'

Any additional comments?

Well done for high production values and sterling acting!