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Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe mystery.
Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.
In ‘Farewell My Lovely’, Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian’s nightclub. Just released from prison, Moose Malloy is looking for his old flame, red-haired Velma Valento, who he last saw eight years ago.
Before Marlowe can blink, Malloy has smashed up the club, broken the manager’s neck and headed out of the door. Marlowe knows this mess is none of his business, but he has a hunch that he can find Velma. He just has to hope that curiosity doesn’t get him killed as well...Starring Toby Stephens, this fast-paced dramatisation is full of wisecracks and colourful characters, and retains all the charm and humour of Chandler’s stylish, suspenseful novel.
©1940 Raymond Chandler Limited (a Chorion company) (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Niels J. Rasmussen on 12-10-12

A Great Re-Creation of a Lost Artform

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I didn't expect them to be able to recreate the amazing atmosphere found in those old 40's & 50's radio plays but they proved me wrong. Everything from the cast to the music is right up to par with the high standards of that lost time. Definately worth the purchase if you're a fan of detective stories of ANY sort.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Gypsy Wife on 08-24-11

Very Abridged

I purchased this wanting to hear all of Chandler's wonderful prose. Despite the indication that it was unabridged, this recording (and I suppose the others in the series, on which I wasted my credits, are simply characters spouting dialogue without the full unabridged prose. A huge disappointment. I couldn't listen to it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Peter Chistopher Franck on 03-20-11

Absolutely rotten!

The title and the description of Moose Malloy '... he was about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel-food ...' are practically the only things that are originally Chandler.
I find it a caricature of the genuine article.

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