• Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Radio/TV Program
  • Release date: 09-01-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (126 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries.
Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.
The Big Sleep: Marlowe is consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children.
Farewell My Lovely: Marlowe's search for an ex-con's ex-girlfriend leads him into danger.
The High Window: when a rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires Philip Marlowe to find it.
The Lady in the Lake: businessman Derace Kingsley hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife, Crystal.
The Little Sister: commissioned to find Orfamay Quest's missing brother, Marlowe is drawn into the glamorous film world of Hollywood.
The Long Goodbye: Marlowe befriends a drunk named Terry Lennox but comes to regret doing him a favour.
Playback: hired to follow the mysterious Betty Mayfield, Marlowe soon finds that he is being tailed, too.
Poodle Springs: newly married Marlowe puts his bride aside to look for a gambler on the run.
Starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe, these stylish, suspenseful dramatisations - full of witty, ironic dialogue and colourful characters - bring the beautiful, corrupt world of California in the '40s and '50s to luminous life.
Duration: 11 hours approx.
©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Zaubermond on 10-21-16

Toby Stephens goes California Noir

This was a fun, easy listen except for the appalling acting from several of the female characters. They were annoying enough to knock off a star. I know most of the Marlowe femmes are hardly deeply nuanced, but some of these actresses need a remedial class or two. (Yes, to my ear, they are that bad).

Stephens carried the day, though, and I found his "California Noir" voice wonderfully surprising. He's always a first-rate performer, though, so I'd expect nothing less than brilliance from him, even portraying an American.

The story adaptations were well-written, faithful to the spirit of the originals.

Well worth a listen.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By dyreno on 12-02-16

classic noir detective story

Philip Marlow is the quintessential noir detective. He is the inspiration for the hard-boiled smartass rough necks that follows.
the mysteries found here are foggy and clouded and have the feel of a real mysteries being uncovered by the reader right along side Marlow.

fair warning, this was written in a very different time. it speaks ill off certain races and women at times. nothing completely and disgustingly offensive out right, but there is some of that in the text.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By S. Kennedy on 05-01-17

So would chapter headings have killed them?

Any additional comments?

Good performances and some of the greatest crime narratives of the 20th century. But the chapter headings give no hint to which story the chapters cover, and the beginnings of each story don't have any identifying introductions. You have to know the stories themselves to figure out just what you are listening to. Want to dive straight into "The Long Goodbye"? Then it's forward and back on the chapter headings until find the start of it - or not. Lazy editing on someone's part.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ms J Stevenson on 01-26-17

Very good versions of Chandler classics

Overall, this was an interesting listen with fine performances and suitably atmospheric music.
It was annoying that the stories were not introduced at the beginning so that, unless you looked at the details section, it wasn't clear until the end what you'd be hearing. Admittedly, it was possible to guess which was which with the better known ones but,as the stories tend to cover similar ground, this is not always the case.
This smallish error spoilt the production for me, hence 4 stars all round.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-02-18


Classy dramatisations with great atmosphere and acting, particularly from Toby Stephens - whose accent is flawless!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eamon Hale on 08-03-17


Raymond Chandlers stories are wonderful and timeless. And these audiobooks are exceptionally well done. A real joy to listen to.

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