• by Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by Elliott Gould
  • 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jaded and cynical Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe meets up with classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield in this last novel by the master of mystery, Raymond Chandler.
Marlowe is assigned to tail Betty - a cinch, he thinks, until lounge lizard Larry Mitchell turns up dead outside Betty's hotel room a few hours after pawing her in a California club.
Filled with Chandler's famed snappy repartee and starkly frightening scenes, Playback simmers with suspense as Marlowe tries to solve a tale of big money - and, of course, murder.


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Customer Reviews

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It doesn't get any better than this!

Great plot and characters, excellent hard-boiled (and, at times, funny) writing by Chandler. Elliott Gould does a really fine job with the narration also. I wish they hadn't abridged it ... wonder why? It's so refrershing to listen to a story that doesn't rely on exotic or impossible technology, gratuitous sex, an ending where everything blows up, and all the other gimmicks used by so many so-called authors today. (There was a little sex, but it fit in beautifully.) Just a great tale, well-read! You won't be disappointed.
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- Old Hippy

Solid novel, but forgettable

What did you like best about Playback? What did you like least?

The prose was more straight forward and easier to follow in an audiobook than some of Chandler. The narration by Elliot Gould captured Marlowe's voice well.

Would you be willing to try another book from Raymond Chandler? Why or why not?

Sure I would. But, I'm not in a rush to. I like the character of Marlowe, but I find Chandler's plots too knotted. He introduces characters and twists to make the narrative complicated. But, there isn't enough character development to make you care.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first hour or so was the most compelling.

Did Playback inspire you to do anything?

Not really.

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- Henry Jenkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books