The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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Raymond Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces the now-immortal Philip Marlowe, archetypal hard boiled detective and weary knight of the seamy side of the City of Angels in the 1930s. Already with cynicism, Marlowe takes on an assignment from the Sternwood family: the child-woman Carmen, the sultry Frances, and the ancient General too far past his prime to cope with his daughter's brand of trouble. Stepping in to deal with a case of blackmail, Marlowe follows a trail that leads him into a landscape littered with murder and deception.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : Phoenix Books, 2006
Additional Contributors: Gould, Elliott

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May 27, 2015

Elliott Gould's voice is adds the perfect gravitas to Marlowe's tough week as a gumshoe dealing with the Sternwoods.

JCLAmyF Jun 30, 2014

Elliot Gould reads this on audio and his voice is the most sarcastic, lovely, hypnotizing thing ever. I can't imagine Phillip Marlowe in any other way.

theorbys Jan 20, 2014

An absolutely perfect narrative voice for a great fictional character, Marlowe is a bit too explicitly goody goody, and is perhaps a bit stupid getting himself into dangerous, potentially lethal, situations. But that is minor and Chandler's prose more than makes up for it.

Mar 16, 2012

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is a 20th century American classic. Chandler's gritty look into his 1940's private-eye world of Los Angeles feels as real as the cold, hard October rain coming down on Philip Marlowe's face.

The novel's voice and tone are spot-on and you'll be completely immersed. I found myself seeing my own life through the eyes of Marlowe while reading. The narrative is even and believable though I thought it somewhat complicated on the first reading.

I listened to the audiobook version, read by Elliot Gould, which I felt was the perfect choice.

May 07, 2008

Great book by the father of the hard-boiled, noir detective. Fascinating exercise in style. They say he rewrote each line many times before he was satisfied. The oral version is good though Eliot Gould is not the best reader I've ever heard

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