• The Long Goodbye

  • A Philip Marlowe Novel, Book 6
  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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The Long Goodbye

By: Raymond Chandler
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times). 

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, 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 divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam, and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

©2020 Raymond Chandler (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Raymond Chandler is a master." (The New York Times)

“[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision.” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books

“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.” (The New Yorker

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Scott Brick at his finest!

An oldie and a goody. Loved the story. Scott was fabulous! Could not be any better.

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Classic noir

First rate writing. First rate narration. Chandler is one of the greatest American writers in the company with Hemingway, Hammett, Faulkner, Gaddis etc

Don’t pass this up.

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My favorite Marlow book

Very well read. I couldn’t stop. One of his more complex stories and you have to pay attention. Very well done

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Extremely over acted.

Scott Brick should tone it down. I'm sorry, but I could barely endure his over emphatic emphasis on every word. Part of Chandler's genius is in the low key manner of his exposition. I've read all of Raymond Chandler's work twenty or more times. I'm sure Mr. Brick meant well, but I was way too conscious of his over acting and not enough of Chandler's writing. Marlowe is a working man telling a story of his work almost like a guy telling about his day at the office or the factory. That is what is so engaging .. Read the books ..

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excellent story excellent reading

some of the best narration I have heard on an audiobook. it's amazing that one narrator can do a better job than a whole cast

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WOW

Definitely a long goodbye. Great story. This book goes through many twists and turns but pulls it all together in the end.

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One of his best

For some reason I thought I had read this years ago. I've a big Chandler fan and love his stories. But I found I had not read it so I got it from Audible and loved it. It's longer and more complex than other Chandler works but no less puzzling and entertaining. The Marlowe in this story is a bit more hard boiled and rough edged but no less introspective and aware. If you've enjoyed other Chandler books, definitely try this one.

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Interesting, a little dated

Some dated racial references, probably to be expected from that era. Pacing somewhat inconsistent. Good style.

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Wonderful Story

My favorite Raymond Chandler book. The narration is very good, but Ray Porter is Phillip Marlowe for me.

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  • Ms Elizabeth Fallon
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Chandler’s Timeless Classic

Raymond Chandler like Jane Austen never writes a needless word in his best books. And this is one of the best. Riveting, moving, witty and wise.. and a mystery to boot. But why oh why the cheesy silly music between chapters? What was that supposed to add? It just grated and annoyed and diminished the strength of the work. Liz F.