• The Lady in the Lake

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-15-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe follows the trail of a missing woman in Raymond Chandler's classic mystery tale. Experience Chandler's cool wit and taut language as his most famous character travels through the sunbaked streets of Southern California, unraveling a tangled web of murder and deception. Elliott Gould, who played Marlowe in Robert Altman's film version of The Long Goodbye, once again brings L.A.'s toughest private eye to life. Gould captures the distinctive combination of cynicism and gruff compassion that have made Marlowe one of America's favorite fictional heroes.
©1943 Philip Marlowe B.V. (P)1990 Dove Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." (Erle Stanley Gardner)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 11-27-16

Not Chandler's best. Convoluted plot.

Chandler fans (like me) will enjoy this book, however, it is not the author's best work. This novel is not as witty or compelling as his other stories. The plot is complicated and difficult to follow. Even after repeated listenings I still have trouble following which character is suspected of what. That confusion left this reader a bit bored.

If you are new to Chandler and want to try something, then I recommend skipping this book, and instead try Chandler's short stories. They are much better,

Elliott Gould's narration is amazing.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By A Customer on 03-28-18

This Audible Version is Abridged.

Would you try another book from Raymond Chandler and/or Elliott Gould?

Yes.

What other book might you compare The Lady in the Lake to and why?

Any Chandler mystery.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Not overly dramatic.

What character would you cut from The Lady in the Lake?

None.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to read the novel along with this audible version but discovered that much, if not most, of Chandler's wonderful descriptive text was omitted. I only got through chapter one and gave up. Fine if you just want the story line, but so much is missed that matters to those of us who love books and descriptive prose.

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