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Jaded and cynical Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe meets up with classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield in this last novel by the master of mystery, Raymond Chandler.

Marlowe is assigned to tail Betty - a cinch, he thinks, until lounge lizard Larry Mitchell turns up dead outside Betty's hotel room a few hours after pawing her in a California club.

Filled with Chandler's famed snappy repartee and starkly frightening scenes, Playback simmers with suspense as Marlowe tries to solve a tale of big money - and, of course, murder.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Old Hippy
  • 04/09/2009

It doesn't get any better than this!

Great plot and characters, excellent hard-boiled (and, at times, funny) writing by Chandler. Elliott Gould does a really fine job with the narration also. I wish they hadn't abridged it ... wonder why? It's so refrershing to listen to a story that doesn't rely on exotic or impossible technology, gratuitous sex, an ending where everything blows up, and all the other gimmicks used by so many so-called authors today. (There was a little sex, but it fit in beautifully.) Just a great tale, well-read! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Walter C. Towers
  • 29/05/2018

Marlowe versus the world.

Though his last Philip Marlowe novel, Playback captures raw violence, deceit and pathos coupled with an honest man's quest for answers that so characterizes the Philip Marlowe character. Chandler's incredible ability to capture the imagination with a gritty prose that follows a twisted path at once dark and deadly yet humorous and moving is the reason his hero has transcended the mundane private eye genre. While I've read the entire Chandler canon many times over, this Audible version read by Elliot Gould proved a totally satisfying experience.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Charlie Jenkins
  • 04/02/2017

Solid novel, but forgettable

What did you like best about Playback? What did you like least?

The prose was more straight forward and easier to follow in an audiobook than some of Chandler. The narration by Elliot Gould captured Marlowe's voice well.

Would you be willing to try another book from Raymond Chandler? Why or why not?

Sure I would. But, I'm not in a rush to. I like the character of Marlowe, but I find Chandler's plots too knotted. He introduces characters and twists to make the narrative complicated. But, there isn't enough character development to make you care.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first hour or so was the most compelling.

Did Playback inspire you to do anything?

Not really.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Adira
  • 22/12/2010


This is a really excellent story, one of Phillip Marlowe's best outings in my opinion. Elliott Gould makes an excellent Marlowe. His voice conveys the perfect mix of sensitivity and toughness that makes Chandler's private eye the real deal.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Gaynor
  • 13/02/2012


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Dont know

Has Playback turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will try to be more aware of what i am buying next time.

What three words best describe Elliott Gould’s voice?

Clear, OK.

Any additional comments?

To humdrum, Did not finish the book.

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