The Big Sleep

Version: Unabridged
Author: Raymond Chandler , Bbc Radio 4.
Narrator: Toby Stephens
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
Published In: December 2014
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization of Raymond Chandler s first 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 amid the corruption he encounters daily.

"The Big Sleep" finds the world-weary, wisecracking investigator consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Carmen Sternwood has gotten herself mixed up with a blackmailer, while Vivian has managed to mislay her husband, ex-bootlegger Rusty Regan.

Old, ailing General Sternwood hires Marlowe to take care of things but it s not too long before the bodies start piling up, and Marlowe finds himself knee-deep in trouble

Starring Toby Stephens, this landmark dramatization retains all the suspense and excitement of Chandler s complex and compelling novel."

Author Details

Author Details

Chandler, Raymond

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 numbe