The High Window

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Philip Marlowe, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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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.

If Marlowe doesn't wrap this one up fast, he's going to end up in jail - or worse, in a box in the ground...

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and moved to England with his family when he was 12. He attended Dulwich College, Alma Mater to some of the 20th century's most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married.

It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later by his first novel. The Big Sleep introduced the world to Philip Marlowe, the often imitated but never-bettered hard-boiled private investigator. It is in Marlowe's long shadow that every fictional detective must stand - and under the influence of Raymond Chandler's addictive prose that every crime author must write.

©1942 Raymond Chandler (P)2014 Audible, Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence" ( Daily Telegraph)
"One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain" ( Sunday Times)
"Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes" (Anthony Burgess)

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Fine enough but not among his best

Along with The Little Sister, this is one of the weaker Chandler stories. Some of the characters are interesting, and there are some great sequences, but by in large I find it to be a pretty convoluted story that isn’t especially interesting. The one or two interesting characters are drowned out by the majority of lame or irritating others. Tough follow-up to Farewell, My Lovely, but then pretty much anything would be, and I can’t think of many artists up to the task of living up to a book like that.

Ray Porter’s narration is great though and definitely breathes a little bit more life into the book than it would otherwise have. Worth it if you’re keen to try out everything Chandler did, but certainly skippable if you’re not fussed about completionism.

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Ray Porters reading is great

Typical Raymond Chandler Great plot and Ray brings it all alive with his reading. The tone and rhythm of his voice is perfect for the book.

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Great narration - classic Chandler

Well worth a credit, this is classic Chandler. I enjoyed this story a lot and would highly recommend.

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High mystery

Wonderful Reading by Porter. Chandler's prose is alive in every sentence. Great characters, artfully complicated.

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  • GREGORY LAWRENCE ANDERSON
  • 11-12-17

A warming experience

Raymond Chandler, the canon by which all other detective novels are compared. The voice acting by Ray Porter brings the hard-boiled Marlowe to life. A truly enjoyable experience.