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.
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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.
"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.
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.
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