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The Big Sleep

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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.

©1939 Raymond Chandler (P)2014 Audible, Ltd.

Narrator: Ray Porter
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

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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.

Narrator: Toby Stephens
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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The Girl on the Cliff

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Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.

©2011 Lucinda Riley (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
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Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (Dramatised)

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Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe mystery. Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In ‘Farewell My Lovely’, Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian’s nightclub. Just released from prison, Moose Malloy is looking for his old flame, red-haired Velma Valento, who he last saw eight years ago. Before Marlowe can blink, Malloy has smashed up the club, broken the manager’s neck and headed out of the door. Marlowe knows this mess is none of his business, but he has a hunch that he can find Velma. He just has to hope that curiosity doesn’t get him killed as well...Starring Toby Stephens, this fast-paced dramatisation is full of wisecracks and colourful characters, and retains all the charm and humour of Chandler’s stylish, suspenseful novel.

©1940 Raymond Chandler Limited (a Chorion company) (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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The High Window

1 rating

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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's third novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times)  A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune - the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.  "Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." (Erle Stanley Gardner)  "Raymond Chandler has given us a detective who is hard-boiled enough to be convincing...and that is no mean achievement." (The New York Times)

©1942 Raymond Chandler (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
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Trouble Is My Business

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This collection by crime fiction master Raymond Chandler features four long stories in which private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, gets a line on some stolen jewels with a reward attached, and stumbles across a murder victim who may have been an extortionist.

©1939 Raymond Chandler (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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The Lady in the Lake

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Crime-fiction master Raymond Chandler's fourth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times) In The Lady in the Lake, hard-boiled crime-fiction master Raymond Chandler brings us the story of a couple of missing wives - one a rich man's and one a poor man's - who have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo, and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care. 

©1988 Raymond Chandler (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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The Big Sleep

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The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).  A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

©1939 Raymond Chandler (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Sucker's Road

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It's radio noir at its best! Raymond Chandler's hardboiled private detective digs into the dark underbelly of postwar Los Angeles in 20 tense radio mysteries. Gerald Mohr stars as Philip Marlowe, following the clues and plot twists through tales of suicide and secrets, death bed confessions and the old double cross, the missing and the murdered. Includes performances by Jeff Corey, Joan Banks, John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, Herb Butterfield, Virginia Gregg, and William Conrad (who takes on the role of Marlowe for one episode). Episodes include: The Panama Hat 10-10-48; The Heart of Gold 10-24-48; The Hard Way Out 11-28-48; The Restless Day 01-08-49; The Black Halo 01-15-49; The Easy Mark 01-29-49; The Lonesome Reunion 02-12-49; Friend from Detroit 03-05-49; Grim Hunters 03-12-49; The Green Flame 03-26-49; Feminine Touch 05-07-49; The Pigeons Blood 06-11-49; The Key Man 06-25-49; The Lady Killer 08-20-49; The Bum's Rush 09-03-49; The Rustin Hickory 09-10-49; The Big Step 02-28-50; The Deep Shadow 03-21-50; The Anniversary Gift 04-11-50; The Hiding Place 05-09-50.

©2014 RSPT LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2014 RSPT LLC. All rights reserved.

Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Season 1; 44-Episode Collection

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Raymond Chandler’s famous private eye, Philip Marlowe, comes to life in this 44-episode collection of season one of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio show, featuring the original cast recordings originally aired on the CBS Radio Network from 1948-1950. The Adventures of Philip Marlowe was a fan favorite for its no-nonsense, hard-boiled approach to crime solving and is presented here in 44 commercial-free episodes.  Digitally remastered and edited from public domain recordings. Additional new content created and produced by Timely Audio © 2020, all rights reserved.

©2020 Timely Audio (P)2020 Timely Audio

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Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised)

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A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe.

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. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn’t kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

©1953 Raymond Chandler Limited (a Chorion company) (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (Dramatised)

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A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. 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...

©1939 Raymond Chandler Limited (a Chorion company) (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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Raymond Chandler: Playback (Dramatised)

Summary

Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s final completed Philip Marlowe mystery.

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.

In ‘Playback’, Marlowe is awakened early in the morning by a phone call from a lawyer. Clyde Umney instructs him to meet the eight o’clock train from Chicago, and shadow one of the passengers.

The lady in question, Eleanor King, is beautiful, classy and clearly unhappy. Obediently, Marlowe follows her - all the way to Esmerelda, where she’s going under the name Betty Mayfield and being leaned on by a cheap blackmailer.

Stuck doing a sneaky job for people he doesn’t like, Marlowe feels even grubbier than usual: and he’s soon in more trouble than usual too as he comes up against gangsters, hard men and a hitman...

Starring Toby Stephens, this exciting dramatisation retains all the verve of Chandler’s last novel.

©1958 Raymond Chandler Limited (a Chorion company); 2011 AudioGO Ltd

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Raymond Chandler

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They never came tougher than Marlowe, a cynical, world-weary, wise-cracking shamus whose honesty in a dishonest world sent him down the mean streets again and again in search of some kind of justice. Ed Bishop stars as Philip Marlowe in these powerfully atmospheric BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's novels. The Big Sleep General Sternwood's daughters came in both the colours of trouble - blonde and brunette - and they had all the usual vices. With four million dollars behind them, blackmail was only a matter of time. And blackmail can be murder. The High Window Linda Conquest was very tough, very kissable and very missing, along with one very valuable old coin. But soon Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. The Lady in the Lake Blonde, beautiful and wild, Crystal Kingsley had never been the faithful little wife. But when she goes missing for a month, and then a woman’s body surfaces in an isolated mountain lake, murder-a-day Marlowe is back in business. The Little Sister Marlowe is on the case of a missing brother from a two-bit Kansas town, who had the embarrassing habit of knowing guys who finished up on the wrong end of an ice-pick. Until, that is, he did too. The Long Goodbye Terry Lennox seemed like a nice guy. Okay, he was a drunk but maybe that could happen to anyone with too much money, too much time and a wife who played the field in a big way. Trouble was, when she ended up dead, it wasn't money that got Lennox to Mexico. It was Marlowe. Farewell My Lovely At six feet five, Moose Malloy is a big man who looks about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food – and about as dangerous. His girl Velma disappeared eight years ago, and now he wants to find her. Also included in a BBC Radio archive discussion, in which Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming discuss thrillers and talk about their respective heroes: Philip Marlowe and James Bond. Originally broadcast between 1977 and 1988, these dramatisations also star Don Fellows and Robert Beatty. They were adapted by Bill Morrison and produced by John Tydeman. These are archive dramatisations of the original novels published between 1939 and 1953, and the language used reflects some of the attitudes of those times. 

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Farewell, My Lovely

Summary

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's second novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).  Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

©1940 Raymond Chandler (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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