• The Lady in the Lake

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-12-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (5 ratings)

Editor reviews

Chandler is a true master. I'm hooked on his unsentimental, engaging style. I've listened to most of the Philip Marlowe mysteries, and The Lady in the Lake is one of my favorites. It's suspenseful and interesting - and it doesn't mince words. (Pat)
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Summary

Hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe follows the trail of a missing woman in Raymond Chandler's classic mystery tale. Experience Chandler's cool wit and taut language as his most famous character travels through the sunbaked streets of Southern California, unraveling a tangled web of murder and deception. Elliott Gould, who played Marlowe in Robert Altman's film version of The Long Goodbye, once again brings L.A.'s toughest private eye to life. Gould captures the distinctive combination of cynicism and gruff compassion that have made Marlowe one of America's favorite fictional heroes.
©1943 Philip Marlowe B.V. (P)1990 Dove Audio, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." (Erle Stanley Gardner)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 27-11-16

Not Chandler's best. Convoluted plot.

Chandler fans (like me) will enjoy this book, however, it is not the author's best work. This novel is not as witty or compelling as his other stories. The plot is complicated and difficult to follow. Even after repeated listenings I still have trouble following which character is suspected of what. That confusion left this reader a bit bored.

If you are new to Chandler and want to try something, then I recommend skipping this book, and instead try Chandler's short stories. They are much better,

Elliott Gould's narration is amazing.

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4 out of 5 stars
By E. Allison on 06-06-18

Very good but abridged?

I enjoy all Chandler's books, this isn't one of my favourites though. Bafflingly, the recording is abridged - why?? These books are short to start with so it's utterly unnecessary and I think the story suffers from it. Gould has the right voice for the Chandler books but his monotone gets annoying after a while, most of the story is a very flat reading, which doesn't do the source justice.

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