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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 2,608
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,403

    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
    • Detective Noir at its finest

    • By Aaron on 01-15-15

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Toby Stephens goes California Noir

    • By Zaubermond on 10-21-16

    Regular price: $23.44

    • Farewell My Lovely

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,470
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,352

    Eight years ago Moose Malloy and cute little redhead Velma were getting married - until someone framed Malloy for armed robbery. Now his stretch is up and he wants Velma back. PI Philip Marlow meets Malloy one hot day in Hollywood and, out of the generosity of his jaded heart, agrees to help him. Dragged from one smoky bar to another, Marlowe's search for Velma turns up plenty of dangerous gangsters with a nasty habit of shooting first and talking later.

    • 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 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe follows the trail of a missing woman in Raymond Chandler's classic mystery tale. Experience Chandler's cool wit and taut language as his most famous character travels through the sunbaked streets of Southern California, unraveling a tangled web of murder and deception. Elliott Gould, who played Marlowe in Robert Altman's film version of The Long Goodbye, once again brings L.A.'s toughest private eye to life.

    • 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 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    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

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Trouble Is My Business

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Private eye John Dalmas sets out to rescue a rich young playboy from the clutches of a fortune-hunting redhead and a blackmailing gambler. But as he through the seamy underside of L.A.'s wealth and glitz, he keeps bumping into dead bodies.

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

    • By Manuel on 11-03-15

    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 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    Here are four classic mysteries from the master of the American detective story. "Killer in the Rain" and "The Curtain" are early works that laid the groundwork for the creation of the Philip Marlowe character. "Goldfish" and "Finger Man" feature Marlowe at his very best. A must-have collection for every Chandler fan.

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

    • By Rev. Kate on 07-20-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • 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 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He’s willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA’s Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn’t kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

    • 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

    • 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 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The High Window

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune - the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Why abridged?

    • By H.E. Bond on 07-05-17

    Regular price: $11.86

    • Raymond Chandler: Playback (Dramatised)

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens, Sarah Goldberg, Iain Batchelor, and others
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s final completed Philip Marlowe mystery.Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.In ‘Playback’, Marlowe is awakened early in the morning by a phone call from a lawyer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hard hitting Chandler. Great radio listen

    • By Rollin on 11-15-11

    Regular price: $8.26

    • The Long Goodbye

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,340
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,220

    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I first read The Long Goodbye over 50 years ago

    • By Wayne on 08-22-15

    Regular price: $20.24

    • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe

    • By: Raymond Chandler, Mel Dinelli, Gene Levitt, and others
    • Narrated by: Van Heflin, Gerald Mohr
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Van Heflin and Gerald Mohr each play the title role in these electric episodes, cracking wise with the of angry glee of a take-charge operative who careens, cajoles, shoves, shouts, and sometime shoots his way to a solution in his quest for a stolen object, a missing person, or a killer needing to be found. Includes two Van Heflin episodes never before available to the public since their original broadcast. Includes 20 digitally restored and re-mastered episodes.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The High Window

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ray Porters reading is great

    • By Edwillmom on 09-18-16

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Playback

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 97

    Stalking the tawdry neon wilderness of forties and fifties Los Angeles, Raymond Chandler's hard-drinking, wise-cracking Phillip Marlowe is one of the world's most famous fictional detectives. Playback finds Marlowe mixing business with pleasure - getting paid to follow a mysterious and lovely red-head named Eleanor King. And wherever Miss King goes, trouble seems to follow. But she's easy on the eye and Marlowe's happy to do as he's told, all in the name of chivalry, of course.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • New to Chandler? End here. Don't start here.

    • By Darwin8u on 07-11-15

    Regular price: $15.29

    • The Little Sister

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    The Little Sister, one of noir master Raymond Chandler's later novels, paints his darkest portrait yet of the underside of the City of Angels. Detective Phillip Marlowe is once again on the case, helping a "little sister", a sweet young girl from Kansas, find her missing brother in Tinseltown. A blackmailer and an ambitious starlet play key roles in this bleak tale, Chandler's savage indictment of the Hollywood dream factory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Marriage of Talent

    • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 12-10-12

    Regular price: $11.86

    • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (Dramatised)

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens, Kelly Burke, Barbara Barnes, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • WARNING: NOT THE COMPLETE NOVEL

    • By JAMIE on 10-20-11

    Regular price: $10.66

    • The Little Sister

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Her name is Orfamay Quest and she's come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother Orrin. Or leastways that's what she tells PI Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. But Marlowe's feeling charitable - though it's not long before he wishes he wasn't so sweet. You see, Orrin's trail leads Marlowe to luscious movie starlets, uppity gangsters, suspicious cops and corpses with ice picks jammed in their necks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One twist too far

    • By WWBill G on 12-27-15

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Playback

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    Marlowe is assigned to tail classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield - a cinch, he thinks, until lounge lizard Larry Mitchell turns up dead outside Betty's hotel room a few hours after pawing her in a California club. Filled with Chandler's famed snappy repartee and starkly frightening scenes, Playback simmers with suspense as Marlowe tries to solve a tale of big money - and, of course, murder.

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

    • By Old Hippy on 09-04-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (Dramatised)

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens, Richard Ridings, Madeline Potter, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe mystery.Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.In ‘Farewell My Lovely’, Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian’s nightclub.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Re-Creation of a Lost Artform

    • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 12-10-12

    Regular price: $10.33

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