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Hard Boiled with a Soft Centre

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's under 60 minutes, but well-acted with a fine plot

What was one of the most memorable moments of Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)?

When the killer was discovered, and their reasons for their crimes

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe: very warm, masculine, sensual voice

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'Beneath the wealth and class, lies corruption'

Any additional comments?

Well done for high production values and sterling acting!

The Very Best of the Temple Radio Dramas

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-13

Would you listen to Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised) again? Why?

Absolutely; the story, execution and acting are excellent, as is the sound quality

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised)?

The denouement and expose of the master villain

What about Peter Coke and Full Cast ’s performance did you like?

The quality of the production, the acting, the story and plot

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'More than a sleuth... Private Eye #1'

Any additional comments?

They're very much of their time and era, but they're excellent entertainment!

Stylish and Intense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

I've long been a fan of Raymond Chandler's stories, especially those featuring Philip Marlowe, the tough-talking hard-boiled private investigator 'who rates high for insubordination'. These relatively new audiobook productions are an all-round winner: evocative jazz score, high production values, and best of all, some very good acting from the cast. Toby Stephens is brilliant as Marlowe, a grumpy, intense, flawed, virile man... it's little wonder that the character and genre spawned so many copy-cats. This classic story centres on a tightly woven tale of blackmail, crooked dealings, gambling for high stakes and murder. General Sternwood's two flighty daughters are in deep trouble and only a private eye on $25 a day can solve the mystery. A superb story, well told and superbly acted.

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Deep and Dark as Lake Michigan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-13

This is very dark stuff... but as always, the beautiful dialogue, tense and dense plotting, and fine acting elevate this classic above other so-called 'hard-boiled' thrillers. as always the protagonist is a woman, and what a schemer she is... i won't give the game away, but this is one of chandler's best, despite its very dark heart and horribly unhappy ending. the ed bishop version gives more of the original story, but this is sharp and entertaining nonetheless (the slimeball character chris lavery is very well realised here). another bravura performance from the ensemble cast and atmospheric music drag you into the waters of little fawn lake...

Beautiful Adaptation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-13

this is another fine addition to ed bishop's roles as philip marlowe. the other characterisations are very well performed, especially that of jessie florian. excellent and you're able to listen to it a lot.

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an exemplary adaptation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-12

i absolutely loved this version of chandler's 'the high window'. toby stephens is suitably 'hard-boiled' in his diction and dialogue, but is also sensual and attractive in the role. whereas the late great ed bishop ruled in his bbc versions of the marlowe stories, finally there seems to be a worthy sucessor. the voice actors, the sound effects and the dialogue are very good indeed, and the sultry jazz score is so evocative. i loved 'playback', 'poodle springs' and now this...... just heaven for a girl sleuth like me! i have just bought 'the big sleep' and 'the lady in the lake'.....enough - along with some chocolate chip cookies and quality filter coffee - to keep me going until after christmas!

excelled themselves

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-12

ed bishop and peter marinker really excelled themselves in this production of chandler's story. this is an unpleasant listen, because some of the characters are truly repellent and without any redeeming features; but as always, this is a superb production: strong voices, great sound effects and of course, marvellous plotting. not a comfortable listen, but a joy nonetheless.

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toby stephens is excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-12

i was very impressed with the exceptional quality of this version of raymond chandler's 'playback'; the music, sound effects and actors were top level and added to the entertainment. i especially enjoyed the superb voice of toby stephens - i felt that he nailed the complexity and character of philip marlowe, and made him sound truthful, human and attractive. well done on a good production... i have been a long-time fan of the marlowe radio adaptations starring the late great ed bishop, but i am sorely tempted to revisit them with toby stephens in the lead role! scandalous!!

deep and dark

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-11

this is, i believe, one of raymond chandler's darkest tales for philip marlowe. it is, as always, beautifully acted by ed bishop and the other cast members. once you start to listen to more of these productions, you really start to get a feel for the other actors and actresses, such as tucker maguire, tobey robins, paul maxwell, peter marinker, liza ross, harry tawb, don fellowes, and ramsey williams; they all have very distinctive and expressive voices.
the story and plot of 'the lady in the lake' is convoluted, graphic and quite shocking: a cruel and ambitious woman in 1940's california weaves a painful and wicked web around the men in her life, and she cares little for the consequences. there are characters in this production that are brutal and nasty, and a few that offer some light relief. but mostly, this is a dark, twisted and violent story.... but it's chandler, and it also has an interview with the great man at the end of the play. cracking stuff.

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a disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-11

although this was short (thankfully) i listened to this once and never again. the female protagonist came across as brutal and thoroughly unpleasant, and therefore unlikeable. what a disappointment, and therefore a waste of money. don't bother with this, it's 10 minutes of your life you won't see again.