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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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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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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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