Philip Marlowe

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314 ratings

The Big Sleep Summary

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.

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and moved to England with his family when he was 12. He attended Dulwich College, Alma Mater to some of the 20th century’s most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married.

It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later by his first novel. The Big Sleep introduced the world to Philip Marlowe, the often imitated but never-bettered hard-boiled private investigator. It is in Marlowe’s long shadow that every fictional detective must stand – and under the influence of Raymond Chandler’s addictive prose that every crime author must write.

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  • Book 1

    • The Big Sleep

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 576
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 575

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oh Philip....

    • By Hannah on 22-10-17

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 2

    • Farewell My Lovely

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    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
    • Classic detective series, perfect narrator

    • By Jenesis on 27-08-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 3

    • The High Window

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    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
    • Brilliant.

    • By Painter on 02-09-16

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 4

    • The Lady in the Lake

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it he denies everything and sends the private investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear. But when Marlowe next encounters Lavery, he's denying nothing - on account of the two bullet holes in his heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Perfect Few Hours

    • By F. Wynn on 17-03-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 5

    • The Little Sister

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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
    • Pulp fiction…,but great pulp fiction.

    • By Mark H on 19-08-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 6

    • The Long Goodbye

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Perfect Audiobook

    • By Barbara on 20-01-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 7

    • Playback

    • By: Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lacking in story, rich in the noir feeling.

    • By Mike T. on 19-11-17

    Regular price: £10.99

  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

    • Perchance to Dream

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    The Sternwood family, immortalized in The Big Sleep, is in trouble again. Lovely Vivian's psychotic sister, Carmen, has disappeared from the sanitarium, and Vivian herself has once again fallen into the clutches of the shady underworld character Eddie Mars. Enter Philip Marlowe, the original tough-but-tender private eye, resurrected by Robert B. Parker, creator of his own phenomenally popular Spenser mystery series.

    Regular price: £11.49