The Big Sleep: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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A brand-new BBC Radio full-cast dramatization of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye Philip Marlowe. Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood?s two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA?s seedy backstreets, Marlowe?s got his work cut out for him?and that?s before he ...
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A brand-new BBC Radio full-cast dramatization of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye Philip Marlowe. Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood’s two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA’s seedy backstreets, Marlowe’s got his work cut out for him—and that’s before he stumbles over the first corpse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408427538
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/14/2011
  • Series: The Philip Marlowe Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler
Nobody but Chandler could have created a private eye hero as cool as Philip Marlowe, but writers have been trying ever since the author's precedent-setting '40s crime novels were published. Along with Dashiell Hammett, Chandler is revered as a noir father figure; his creation of a romantic L.A. full of dangerous women and crooked characters is so woven into modern consciousness that it's easy to forget that it was fictional.

Biography

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Raymond Thornton Chandler
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 23, 1888
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      March 26, 1959
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Printing errors

    My biggest gripe with this edition is that it has numerous printing errors -- misspellings, wrong punctuation (e.g. missing quotation marks), a blank page (but with header and footer), and paragraphs that end or begin mid-sentence. Even the back cover has the word "availible" on it. I would recommend prospective buyers to buy another edition.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Dated, Yes, Entertaining, Very Much

    Nobody understood hardboiled language better than Chandler. Some of his sentences are blatantly bad in terms of grammar, but who really cares? I noticed someone mentioned the different ways of looking at the world. I imagine they are talking about the view of women and minorities. What the heck do you expect? Everyone's attitudes were different back then. Do we judge Greek plays for their atavistic features? No. Don't worry about stuff like that and I promise you you'll actually live longer! As for The Big Sleep, the one thing that has always sort of bothered me about Raymond Chandler books is that the mysteries don't quite add up. In The Big Sleep, there are actually murders that go unaccounted for. It makes it seem as though it was easy to shoot someone back in old L.A. Tht just wasn't true. Nevertheless, this is an entertaining read, like all of Chandler's books. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    I liked this book, but I didn't love this book.  At first I was

    I liked this book, but I didn't love this book.  At first I was amused by the pervasive metaphors and similes.  I was even quite fond of the one in the middle of chapter eight:  Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.  But after a while, I found myself wading through them, and then swimming in them, and finally drowning from them.  (See?  I can do it, too.)  They made the narration feel like it was escaping through the side of the mouth, past a gasper. 
    I've never practiced legerdemain, but I do know misdirection when I see it.  If you take away the picturesque phrases and the gritty narration, you are left with an adequate, maybe even a good, but not a brilliant story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

    Still a classic

    It is an easy read, that keeps your attention. Perfect for late night in the Summer when you wish to escape in a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Classic Detective Novel

    Raymond Chandler¿s The Big Sleep is an excellent detective novel. It centers on the escapades of Phillip Marlowe, a cynical private investigator with a cool head. Marlowe is hired at first to quash a straightforward blackmail threat, but he becomes entangled in a much more complex plot. Chandler lays out a riveting story of twists and turns much of the success of the novel, however, is due not to the plot, but in Chandler¿s enchanting hardboiled style. The dark 1930s Los Angeles underground that the author paints is the perfect arena for Marlowe¿s hardened street smarts to shine. Chandler¿s world is one of shady characters and little innocence, and Marlowe¿s hide continually relies on the quickness of his wits and a little bit of luck. Luckily, Marlowe¿s wits are considerable, because immediately upon taking a case from old General Sternwood, he is plunged into dangerous caper after caper. The action is gripping and sudden the writing is terse and witty. Marlowe, the story¿s narrator, comes off as a skilled veteran of too many alley fights to wear much of a smile. He has good intentions, but he is cold and world-weary. Many of the characters of the story are similar: weathered citizens of the underground. The emotional, in Marlowe¿s world, are for the most part, amateurs. They are also the largest perpetrators of errors in judgment. The professionals all seem to have seen enough to know that there is little worth getting excited about in their world. Much of the success of the novel is owed to the mood that Chandler is able to paint. The quick-thinking detective must navigate the shady underworld in classic fashion. Meanwhile, the plot develops at a quick pace. It thickens into seemingly endless complexities, but never loses its hold on the reader. The novel somehow manages to have a meticulous plot development with fast paced action. Marlowe troops fearlessly through the California streets, piecing together mystery solutions through use of both brawn and brain. Marlowe is unafraid of asking questions at gunpoint, or answering at same. The story is captivatingly told from his point of view the seemingly mundane is interesting, and the interesting is shockingly routine from his level-headed perspective. Marlowe¿s character allows the novel to develop into an excellent, hardboiled mystery tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    The original detective noir genre that started it all

    Raymond Chandler, the author, is the definitive writer of the detective genre. His wise-cracking, earthy detective Philip Marlowe constantly sticks his nose into dangerous places, sometimes catching the far end of a swinging fist for his troubles. And trouble is a euphemism for his working life. His books led to the creation of several famous films with Humphrey Bogart playing Marlowe. But having seen the movies, there is no comparison to the quality of Chandler's original prose. Here are a few witty samples full of imagery from his books: 'I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it.' 'I was as empty of life as a scarecrow's pockets.' '... he looked as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.' 'He looked as nervous as a brick wall.' Chandler's stories move fast and contain a lot of action, just like his protagonist. Marlowe's character is a bit of a blue-collar cynic, an occasional ladies' man, a rebel, and a steadfast (but sometimes puzzlingly) honest man. Marlowe is just an average guy who just happens to solve cases involving the rich and beautiful (and their dirty little secrets) in mid-twentieth century LA. And I suppose Marlowe's fast-talking, action-oriented character is one most of us average guys could identify with, which accounts for the success of his books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I don't usually like reading fiction - and highly recommend it. Chandler really is a pleasure to read. Why couldn't we have read something like this just once in my high school English lit classes!?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Great Easy Read

    this book is a great read. The metaphors are vivid and the I love how direct each person is. This books gives you a glimpse of what the past was really like and what people loved to read. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Raymond Chandler's Novel The Big Sleep is a great novel if you l

    Raymond Chandler's Novel The Big Sleep is a great novel if you love detective stories. The whole novel is about this man this private detective Phillip Marlowe people call him Marlowe. He is requested by General Sternwood another major character to take care of Arthur Geiger a pornographer who has been blackmailing the General scandalous pictures of his eldest daughter Carmen Sternwood, but Marlowe ends up finding much more than he bargained for. Through a few twists and turns in the plot things become much more difficult for private detective Marlowe. The whole plot is very well developed and thought out. There are two themes in The Big Sleep cynicism and corruption. My beliefs on cynicism and corruption are that the amount of both was right for that time period the 1930's and that it fit the plot well. It's the many twists and turns that make The Big Sleep a great book to read if you love a good crime or detective story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Classic

    Great read

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    Posted July 20, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    One of the best

    One of the best of its kind. Twisty plot, compelling characters, very well written. Lots to read between the lines. I doubt there's much I can add to what is widely recognized about this excellent novel.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    a matter of time dating the mystery.

    I found Raymond Chandler's classic to be terrific but oh what a diffeerent
    way of looking at the world in his novel's day vs today. In spite of that
    I def recommend.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Captivating detective novel.

    You certainly can`t put this book down.It was my first novel by Chandler and now I have finished reading the third one.I normally wouldn`t read detective stories but this is original.Chandler has a distinguished style that stands out.I don`t think I will be buying more by the same author though after finishing the third book.It becomes a little too predictable.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    The original noir

    I love this book. The way the naritive lays out in first person like velvet. If you feel like youve heard this kind of narative before, you have, from every imitator that has followed in the original's footsteps.

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

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    Fun Reading (pardon the redundancy)

    Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlow is an intoxicating character. As someone who wasn't a mystery fan, but who has recently become one, I have found Chandler second only to Dashiell Hammett.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Outstanding

    Whoowee!!! Just finished it. My first Raymond Chandler--but it certainly won't be the last. I have stayed away from this book for years because the movie with Bogey and Bacall is one of my all-time favorites. I shouldn't have done that. I loved the book just as much as the movie. Will certainly continue to both read it and watch it. Although I am a dyed-in-the-wool Christie fan, I found Chandler to be easier to read. He doesn't give you 25 characters to keep track of.<BR/>Chandler is a winner--no doubt about it. SQ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    I didn't really know what to expect from this book, but I have to say I really enjoyed it and thought it was very well written. Even though it didn't really pose any deep or intellectual questions (like books I usually like), the dialogue in this book was so life like, clever, and witty that I became really absorbed in it. The plot is a bit hard to follow at times, with the various characters and events, but in all it is written in a way that really brings the reader into it. I could also believe the actual characters and their natures, which is another reason why the book grabs the reader and takes them into the plot's mystery. Overall I would recommend this book, because it offers a kind of narrative that is not seen anymore and is refreshingly different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    a book crying out successfully for a great movie version

    THE BIG SLEEP was fortunately made into a movie with Bogie and Bacall back when Hollywood thought it o.k. for the film to follow the book pretty closely. The one complements the other. Neither should be missed. *** The book, alas, is more story than mystery. It is good from time to time to go back to the canons of the Detection Club of London and remember that the best detective story is a SHORT story. Think of FATHER BROWN as a good example of the truth. *** Chandler lets himself wander off into a world of admittedly fascinating seedy characters without making them contribute their fair share of clues to unraveling the puzzle. But a good yarn, for all that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Love this book!

    Raymond Chandler not only presents interesting characters in 'The Big Sleep', but he does it with thoughtful originality. I am getting tired of writers who can only present their characters thru swear words. Today's writers can take a huge lesson from Raymond Chandler. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    MUST READ

    Wow! A graet mystery. This story is about murder, sex, and blackmail. The story keeps you guessing. If you like figuring out stuff, this one would be the one to read. A good plot. I was overwhelm with the characters. All were interesting. I couldn't put this book down. Chandler wrote a good mystery. I like his style of writing. I kept guessing and guessing, but I didn't figure out the suspect til right at the end. This was fun playing detective. I loved this book!!

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