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Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection Radio/TV Program

Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

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Publisher's Summary

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.

The Big Sleep: Marlowe is consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children.

Farewell My Lovely: Marlowe's search for an ex-con's ex-girlfriend leads him into danger.

The High Window: when a rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires Philip Marlowe to find it.

The Lady in the Lake: businessman Derace Kingsley hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife, Crystal.

The Little Sister: commissioned to find Orfamay Quest's missing brother, Marlowe is drawn into the glamorous film world of Hollywood.

The Long Goodbye: Marlowe befriends a drunk named Terry Lennox but comes to regret doing him a favour.

Playback: hired to follow the mysterious Betty Mayfield, Marlowe soon finds that he is being tailed, too.

Poodle Springs: newly married Marlowe puts his bride aside to look for a gambler on the run.

Starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe, these stylish, suspenseful dramatisations - full of witty, ironic dialogue and colourful characters - bring the beautiful, corrupt world of California in the '40s and '50s to luminous life.

Duration: 11 hours approx.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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    Nick Carter Cornwall UK 06/10/2016
    Nick Carter Cornwall UK 06/10/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Toby Stephens is brilliant"

    Superb acting by Toby Stephens and supporting cast, although they could have used a few more voices.
    However, all the stories are great and the music gives it that LA Noir feel to it.
    Really enjoyed it.
    I hope Audible acquires the dramatisations of James Bond soon; also starring Toby Stephens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Die Falknerin
    21/10/16
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    "Toby Stephens goes California Noir"

    This was a fun, easy listen except for the appalling acting from several of the female characters. They were annoying enough to knock off a star. I know most of the Marlowe femmes are hardly deeply nuanced, but some of these actresses need a remedial class or two. (Yes, to my ear, they are that bad).

    Stephens carried the day, though, and I found his "California Noir" voice wonderfully surprising. He's always a first-rate performer, though, so I'd expect nothing less than brilliance from him, even portraying an American.

    The story adaptations were well-written, faithful to the spirit of the originals.

    Well worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MztCB
    utah
    01/09/16
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    "Happy"

    Glad to have all the novels dramatized together since the little sister wasn't available by itself. They're a little short but still fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • dyreno
    02/12/16
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    "classic noir detective story"

    Philip Marlow is the quintessential noir detective. He is the inspiration for the hard-boiled smartass rough necks that follows.
    the mysteries found here are foggy and clouded and have the feel of a real mysteries being uncovered by the reader right along side Marlow.

    fair warning, this was written in a very different time. it speaks ill off certain races and women at times. nothing completely and disgustingly offensive out right, but there is some of that in the text.

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