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Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe Mystery) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Raymond Chandler , Robert B. Parker
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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3 Nov 2011 Philip Marlowe Mystery
This is a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is now married, living in the resort town of Poodle Springs. Once again, he sets himself up as an investigator and soon finds himself in the middle of blackmail and murder.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427699
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 7 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This review concerns the one disc audio play starring Toby Stephens.

Stephens obviously has great fun playing the character of Philip Marlowe and it is understandable that a successful series of these plays would lead to Raymond Chandler's unfinished Poodle Springs being tackled. Of course the story itself was finished by Robert Parker and this is what this adaptation is based upon.

It's by no means a travesty of the Marlowe legacy but with all the best will in the world it falls short of the character at his best. This audio version clocks in at about an hour and whilst it is sharp and snappy and keeps a decent pace it's ultimately a little lightweight.

Although the usual "atmosphere" is prevalent the story itself just isn't good enough and you may well find yourself correctly guessing the twists before you hear them.

One for the completists only I think.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is a novel mostly written by Robert Parker, drawing on four chapters started by Raymond Chandler at the end of his life. If you are looking for a great Marlowe story done just like the early ones, you will be disappointed. If you are glad to have one more chance to be with Marlowe, I think you will be pleased with the experience.
The story is a natural for Parker, because it involves Marlowe marrying a rich society woman on the spur of the moment. Having gotten together, they both realize that not all is right in this relationship. 'Can't live with him, can't live without him' could have been the title. The relationship raises a lot of the kinds of issues that Parker handles well in the Spenser stories between Spenser and Susan.
Marlowe keeps at his detective work, and we meet a whole cast of hard characters portrayed with wonderfully terse dialogue and understatement. Although not as tough as a Chandler, it is certainly tough in an appealing Parkerish way.
Having grown up in Southern California in the 1950s, I could relate to the tale that Chandler/Parker have woven. It seemed to fit my memory of those times, and had a sort of smoky, boozy nostalgia attached to it.
Give it a try. The first five chapters are only about 26 pages. You'll have a good sense whether or not you want to read more. I know I could not have possibly put it down at that point. I was hooked. Maybe you will be, too. I hope it will be irresistible for you as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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"Poodle Springs" (on audio CD) is exactly what you would expect of a Philip Marlowe story from Raymond Chandler (who started it) and Robert B. Parker (who finished it). The voice is the typical Philip Marlowe voice (read by Toby Stephens), the story is the typical Philip Marlowe story. It's easy to visualise the story throughout, which is always a sign of a well-written and well-read story. This could easily be adapted for television (if it hasn't already been).

It's an easy listen, it's undemanding, it's entertaining. For those who have heard or seen Philip Marlowe stories before, this is exactly what you would expect - the slightly down at heel detective doing his thing. You won't be disappointed, but you also won't be surprised. A full-cast recording (always a bonus) from BBC Radio 4. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this more than the book 22 Feb 2012
By Michael Mooney VINE VOICE
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I was disapointed with this as a novel, begun by Marlowe and ended by Parker, possibly because my expectations were too high. However, as an audio book it works very well, each line being rung out for the gold that's definitely there. Don't worry about buying this if you're tempted to round out your collection, it's up to the standards of the other BBC Chandler adaptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Poodle springs is the last in the Philip Marlowe series, written by Raymond Chandler. He died halfway through writing the novel, so it was subsequently finished from his notes by another author.

Chandler defined the hardbitten American private detective with Marlowe, providing rich characterisations and complicated plots mixed with tough streetwise dialogue and a ready sarcastic wit. Hi novels were highly enjoyable pieces. The recent radio dramatisations starring Toby Stephens as Marlowe have stuck reasonably faithfully to the text and captured the feel and style of the books. This is no exception. Stephens is excellent as Marlowe, putting over his world weary edge and dark cynicism, while managing to portray the compassion, intelligence and almost heroic nature of the man. It's an excellent portrayal.

4 stars in all
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Case for Philip Marlowe 5 Dec 2011
By M. J. Jacobs VINE VOICE
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This is a simpler story than other Chandler's I have listened to, such as The Lady in the Lake (Classic Chandler), because the author died without finishing it. Robert B. Parker took up the reins, and the resulting story is satisfying, but leaves you wishing that Chandler had fleshed it out a bit more.

In a good full-cast dramatisation, Toby Stephens (well-known to BBC audio-book listeners) turns in an excellent Humphrey Bogart style characterisation, and the rest of cast (there aren't that many of them) all do sterling work to realise their very brief performances: this totals less than 1 hour compared with a typical 2 or 3 disc audiobook of other BBC titles.

There are the usual highly-stylised dialogue and interactions, but nowhere near as much "meat" on the bones of the plot. Marlowe is recently-married, and restless, so he is happy to get involved when he is dragged into chasing down a runaway who owes money to the wrong people. Before you reach the end, a few people have died, and others have proven to be more than they seemed. That's classic Marlowe material and method. I just would have liked to have savoured a bit more of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Poodle Springs
Indistinguishable from the originals, Robert Parker writes Chandler as well as anyone ever has. A fitting finale for Marlowe. Recommended.
Published 6 months ago by LeeUK
4.0 out of 5 stars Still very enjoyable
These stories are still extremely enjoyable. Well acted and kept me entertained on a long drive. The one thing you can always guarantee with these products is quality and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prospero77
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not that much fun
This is a very good, enjoyable adaptation of Marlow and it's pleasant to be immersed in his wit and caustic humour for an hour. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Love Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Nobody writes like Chandler. There are too few books and I've read them all. However, to listen to this production was a delight and encourages me to read them all again. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wilz
5.0 out of 5 stars Poodle Springs
I haven't actually read this book yet, but I am looking forward to seeing how Parker manages to cope taking over the dialogue from another author.
Published 23 months ago by joybelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The inimitable Marlow returns ..
Five stars for a really well produced CD version of the book started by Raymond Chandler and finished by Robert B Parker. Read more
Published 24 months ago by ImReallyAnElf
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
This story isn't in the classic pantheon, I think. Philip Marlowe comes off as rather sour throughout, being extremely snippy with his new wife, and the story isn't particularly... Read more
Published on 6 July 2012 by elmsyrup
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent listening.
Another BBC Radio 4 dramatisation, starring Toby Stephens. It relates the aftermath of Marlowe's honeymoon to Linda Loring. Bored and restless, he returns to private investigation. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Lily
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but pretty flawed Noir radio drama
Although I enjoyed my time with Poodle Springs I couldn't personally look past many of it's short comings. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by i wrote this
5.0 out of 5 stars Great radio Production
I listened to some of these on the Radio and when I saw this just had to get it, for any fans of Chandler or just good atmospheric radio drama this is a must. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Mr. M. Regan
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