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What made the experience of listening to Poodle Springs the most enjoyable?
The performances by each actor were low-key and subtle where appropriate, and energetic and dramatic where that was appropriate; there were no schmaltzy, overly melodramatic performances. The sound effects created a convincing atmosphere and environment that completely drew me in.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Of course the main character, Philip Marlowe, is the one who speaks in each scene and speaks directly to you, the listener.
What does Toby Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I have read all of Raymond Chandler's novels and short stories and seen the movies, The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye, the BBC's series on Raymond Chandler's works brought a really enjoyable balance between reading his works where you use your imagination to flesh out scenes and action, and movies where everything is done for you.
I don't have any other performances by other actors doing Philip Marlowe so I can't compare Toby Stephens to another actor but I can say that Stephens does a beautiful job: I bought the entire BBC/Raymond Chandler/Toby Stephens series offered by Audible.com and enjoy each one.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No, not a particular moment. I enjoyed the whole performance.
Any additional comments?
Even though these performances were abridged from Chandler's original written works, I did not miss any deleted lines and scenes nor could I tell. Wish each one was longer and wish there were more.
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ROBERT PARKER TOOK RAYMOND CHANDLER'S UNFINISHED MANUSCRIPT AND PUT SOME POLISH TO IT AND SRVED US UP THE LAST OF THE MARLOW STORIES; AND FOR THE MOST PART IT WORKS WONDERFULLY. THOUGH NOWHERE NEAR AS INSIGHTFUL OR COLORFUL AS SOME OF CHANDLER'S EARLY WORKS THIS IS STILL A SOLID EFFORT; AND YOU CAN DEFINETLY FEEL PARKER'S INFLUENCE IN THE DIALOGUE. AS WITH THE OTHER OFFERINGS FOR THE CHANDLER STORIES THIS IS A RADIO STYLE DRAMATIZATION RATHER THAN A STRAIGHT ON READING OF THE MATERIAL. EACH CHARACTER HAS A SEPERATE VOICE, AND ALL ARE WELL ACTED. THE ONLY MISGIVINGS I HAD WAS IN THE CHARACTER OF MARLOW. HAVING BECOME MARRIED TO A RICH WOMAN OF CONSIDERABLE MEANS, MARLOW FEELS LIKE A KEPT MAN AND YAERNS FOR THE INDEPENDANCE OF HIS YOUNGER DAYS; HOWEVER THIS MAKES FOR SOME AWKWARD MOMENTS WHERE MARLOW SEEMED HE HAD A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER, AND TRUTHFULLY HE ACTED LIKE A JERK TO HIS WIFE THROUGH MOST OF THE STORY. BUT THIS, LIKE THE OTHER DRAMATIZATIONS OF CHANDLER'S STORIES IS AN EXTREMELY EASY AND ENJOYABLE LISTEN.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Dramatisation that evokesHumphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Enjoyed it so much I went and got tge other recordings in the series
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It's under 60 minutes, but well-acted with a fine plot
What was one of the most memorable moments of Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)?
When the killer was discovered, and their reasons for their crimes
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?
Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe: very warm, masculine, sensual voice
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
'Beneath the wealth and class, lies corruption'
Any additional comments?
Well done for high production values and sterling acting!