Mandarin's Jade and Other Stories

  • by Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by Elliott Gould
  • 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

So there I was, holed up in my office, trying to duck the bill collectors, when she walked in. She was the kind of sweet cookie that made your eyes water like you were hit with a 10-ton blackjack. She told me Raymond Chandler created the hard-boiled private eyes that rule American crime fiction, and this collection traces the genesis of Chandler's style in such stories as "Mandarin's Jade", "The Man Who Liked Dogs", and "Try the Girl".
Next, she pointed out that narrator Elliott Gould played Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman's version of The Long Goodbye. Then she left me, like a kid spitting out a wad of bubblegum, leaving me with that chewed-up feeling and an empty wallet. I guess it's a living.

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Seeds of Farewell, my Lovely

The collection are the stories that Farewell, my Lovely was stiched together from. Actually, if I hadn't read that first, this could have been a much better experience: the bleak atmosphere works all the same, but every storyline has a begininng, a middle and a decent ending. Elliott Gould is the perfect man for the job: although I knew most of the action, it was still worth listening to his interpretation.

Recommended only if you are a trule Raymond Chandler fan _or_ if you haven't read yet Farewell, my lovely.
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- Amazon Customer "Trychydts"

Narrator problematic

Elliot Gould has great tone, but he utterly ruins this with his total failure to sense the proper pacing of the text.
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- Leo W. Buss

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books