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Farewell, My Lovely

By: Raymond Chandler
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's second novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times). 

Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

©1940 Raymond Chandler (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.” (The New Yorker)

"Raymond Chandler is a master." (The New York Times)

“[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision.” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books)

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Noir at it's purest

Not a feel good book, nor one that attempts to be high art. Somehow by attempting to mirror the seedy underbelly of the world and showing the humanity of its denizens, it manages to make a person feel compassion. It is beauty out of filth and written damn well.

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Music was too loud

The story and narrator were good, but the music between chapters was loud and disruptive.

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it's only a matter of time

The snowflakes on the left will eventually cancel Chandler for being non-PC. What a shame.

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Chandler and Brick

Raymond Chandler writes hard-boiled literature. He is the best at his craft. Scott Brick is the best at understanding and performing Chandler’s art.

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Classic Chandler

Chandler presents the reader with two apparently separate crimes, both murders, and the fun of the novel is figuring out how they both come together. Getting there is quite a ride as Philip Marlowe stumbles from scene to scene getting cracked over the head so frequently that it feels like every other chapter. Yet Marlowe remains the quintessential hard-boiled detective. He’s tough and undeterrable even when he isn’t getting paid for the job. But there is also a genuine mystery at the root of this and I felt very bad for one of the murderers—as I’m certain Chandler intended me to. All in all, there aren’t actually many nice or even good people in this book—except, of course, for Marlowe.

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narration needs work.

good Chandler story but narration is off. needs to watch some Bogart for right attitude

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Deservedly honored book author. Wonderful production. Just right music at the right pauses. I wondered ahead of time if hearing an additional Scott Brick narration (he does a number of detective audio books) would interfere, no. Like I'd never heard it before. He is Marlowe.

If you know Los Angeles, it's even better.

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Bay City dreams

The iconic writing style is 5 stars, the characters can be wild and interesting, but the actual story is not that brilliant. In fact it is not that interesting of a story. That's too bad. 3.5 stars. 4 if I am in a generous mood. Quality narration.

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A classic in many ways. Beware.

I picked up the Big Sleep on a summer special and enjoyed some of the campiness of that Black Mask classic. Chandler was a great storyteller. This book is much of the same however I was surprised by the easy use of racial slurs. Seemed unnecessary and an attempt to appeal to teenage pulp readers. The Marlowe character is complex view of era and would be interesting to hear the backstory develop on how he became a PI. A great listen otherwise, but I’ll probably pass.

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A classic, but not best narration

One of Chandler's best, but a narrator more world-weary than Scott Brick would've worked better