Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep

  • by Jonathan Lethem, Judith Freeman, Rich Cohen
  • Narrated by Symphony Space
  • 1 hrs and 19 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Chandler's dark first novel is full of endlessly inventive wordplay, with the wry, cynical, private detective Philip Marlowe. Join the investigation with Jonathan Lethem (Gun, With Occasional Music, and Fortress of Solitude), Judith Freeman (The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved), and Rich Cohen (Sweet and Low: A Family Story) as they compare notes on Chandler's grand style, its place in the mystery canon, and its influence on their work.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Writers Jo nathan Lethem (Gun, With Occasional Music, andFortress of Solitude), Judith Freeman (The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved), and Rich Cohen (Sweet and Low: A Family Story) join each other for a conversation about Raymond Chandler at the Thalia Book Club. The three contemporaries compare notes on their first encounters with Chandler's work and his effect on their own writing. Listeners will want to be part of their humorous, engrossing discussion on how Chandler redefined the mystery genre with his cynical private detective Philip Marlowe and on his continuing influence on many contemporary writers.

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More than The Big Sleep

As a lover of the work of Raymond Chandler I enjoyed this audio discussion enormously. The three authors have an immense passion for their subject, it is much more than a review of The Big Sleep, it is about Chandler's literary style, life and background, the character of Philip Marlowe and especially the way the city of L.A. is portrayed in Chandler's books. It is a recording of a live discussion and very animated, not a dull moment. My only criticism: it could have gone on for another hour (or two) but with 80 minutes it is already quite generous (especially for this price). Strongly recommended for Chandler lovers, you will love this.
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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-04-2009
  • Publisher: Symphony Space