• The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 29-05-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (3 ratings)


Raymond Chandler began his writing career at age 45. His muscular, fast-paced style set the standard for American hardboiled mysteries. He distilled the essence of life in Southern California in the 1940s and 1950s in such novels as Farewell, My Lovely, The Little Sister, The Big Sleep, The High Window, Trouble is My Business, The Lady in the Lake, Red Wind and Playback. In The Long Goodbye, private eye Philip Marlowe befriends a down-on-his-luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he's divorced and re-married. She ends up dead. Soon Lennox is on the lam, and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.
Public Domain (P)2009 Phoenix
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1 out of 5 stars
By Franklin Tonsoti on 15-09-16

Poor Narration

Elliott Gould's narration is so poor that it's almost impossible to follow the story, which is written mainly in the form of fast-paced dialog. Because the text rarely identifies what character is speaking, and because Gould fails to alter his tone, pitch, inflection or accent to distinguish among the characters, the listener is at a loss as to who is speaking when. Chandler's writing may work on the page, where quotation marks and paragraphs give visual clues. It certainly does not work when read aloud by this narrator, because he makes no effort to signal who is saying which words. Buy the book, and don't waste your time and money trying to follow the complicated plot while listening to Gould's spoken version.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 08-07-14

Ruined by a poor reader

What disappointed you about The Long Goodbye?

The reader was so poor that it was impossible to follow the story, which is largely dialog. The reader made almost no distinction between character's voices. Therefore it was not clear who was talking when. This is a critical factor in the Chandler style of dialog-driven plot. Classic and excellent story, but not accessible in this Audible format. Better buy the print edition.

What other book might you compare The Long Goodbye to and why?

with a good reader, possibly Michael Connelly - Harry Bosch series

Would you be willing to try another one of Elliott Gould’s performances?

Absolutely not

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the book? yes. The reader - can't think of a single one.

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