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. And soon what started as a search for a missing person becomes a matter of life and death....
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.
"One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain." ( Sunday Times)
"Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes." (Anthony Burgess)
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By Jenesis on 27-08-15
Classic detective series, perfect narrator
Would you consider the audio edition of Farewell My Lovely to be better than the print version?
The Chandler stories are classic detective fiction, the origin of the private eye tropes we all know today. The narrator, Ray Porter, for the Audible recordings is absolutely PERFECT for reading Chandler - wonderful gruff, smoky American accent and can change his voice enough to distinguish the different characters' dialogue.
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By S. Brearley on 27-05-16
If you like Chandler, you'll LOVE this performance
Completely brilliant on every count. The all-time classic genre-defining detective novel, and perhaps the best narration I've ever heard of any book ever here on Audible. Ray Porter delivers Chandler's glittering prose with style and panache. The voice and accent for every character is distinct and completely believable: listening was a joy from beginning to end.
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By Ian C Robertson on 21-10-15
A Fond Farewell
This is a fabulous yarn and one can readily see how it cemented Chandler's place in the Pantheon of of the noir genre, a genre that he was creating, defining and championing as his own with each book that he had published. It is possibly my favourite Chandler, but they're each so good, it's hard to pick from among most of them. I think the reasons I am partial to this one are that, in addition to Marlowe (wiseguy with wisecracks), the femmes are so fatale, the nasties are so dispicable and the writing is so tight, that it is almost a blueprint for the imitators. They try so hard, and mostly fail, to reproduce its dangerous charm and magic.
As for Ray Porter, see my review of "The Big Sleep". He has Marlow down.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 15-11-17
I FELT LIKE AN AMPUTATED LEG
FUNNY, REMIND ME TO LAUGH ON MY DAY OFF
Philip Marlowe IS A HARD BOILED GENTLEMAN. He hangs around women whose PRETTY WAS, ASSEMBLY LINE PRETTY. For two hours I felt entertained and was enjoying this perfect example of Noir. The plot itself never took hold and once the newness wore off, my mind wondered. When it comes to this genre, I am more of a James M. Cain guy.
Ray Porter nailed the performance as expected.
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