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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.
Public Domain (P)2009 Phoenix
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5 out of 5 stars
By Old Hippy on 09-04-09

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Walter C. Towers on 05-29-18

Marlowe versus the world.

Though his last Philip Marlowe novel, Playback captures raw violence, deceit and pathos coupled with an honest man's quest for answers that so characterizes the Philip Marlowe character. Chandler's incredible ability to capture the imagination with a gritty prose that follows a twisted path at once dark and deadly yet humorous and moving is the reason his hero has transcended the mundane private eye genre. While I've read the entire Chandler canon many times over, this Audible version read by Elliot Gould proved a totally satisfying experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By franjangle on 10-30-14

As cool and gripping as Chandler always is

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, read all Chandlers at any opportunity, if only for his metaphors

What other book might you compare Playback to, and why?

The rest of the Chandler canon: this one somehow wanders a bit, more of a stroll than a jog.

What does Elliott Gould bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Authentic American drawl

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and did, on a long drive.

Any additional comments?

Oh, just relax and enjoy

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 10-29-14

Pale Chandler

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Nicely read by Elliott Gould, and Playback has some of Chandler's irresistible phrasing and atmosphere, but mostly it's a bit thin. this was Chandler's last completed novel and I would recommend all the others before reading this one.

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