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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Overall, this was an interesting listen with fine performances and suitably atmospheric music.
It was annoying that the stories were not introduced at the beginning so that, unless you looked at the details section, it wasn't clear until the end what you'd be hearing. Admittedly, it was possible to guess which was which with the better known ones but,as the stories tend to cover similar ground, this is not always the case.
This smallish error spoilt the production for me, hence 4 stars all round.
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.
"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.
"Great stories, awful acting"
The brits might like Chandler, but that doesn't mean they can do him justice. This is a disappointing series. Much as I like the Chandler stories, the acting is second rate. And if that doesn't bother you, the volume changes between the narration and the acting will drive you crazy. The music is nice and it's a good value to get all the stories, but it's the weakest BBC production I've ever listened to.
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