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Only to Sleep

Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne, read by Ray Porter. 

Wealthy dead American. Beautiful young widow. This case has PI Philip Marlowe’s name written all over it. Is it enough to bring him back for one last adventure?

The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. Private Investigator Philip Marlowe - now in his 72nd year - has been living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers. With a case that has his name written all over it.    

At last Marlowe is back where he belongs. His mission is to investigate Donald Zinn - supposedly drowned off his yacht, leaving a much younger and now very rich wife. Marlowe’s speciality. But is Zinn actually alive? Are the pair living off the spoils? 

Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon.

©2018 Lawrence Osborne (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Stylish and studied but lacking in pace

It's a while since I read any Chandler but I don't remember him being so entranced by description and so lacking in plot or interesting characters. Marlow is laconic to a fault and the narration by Ray Porter is spot-on but he doesn't have too much to work with. The plot, what little there is of it, seems to be driven by location.

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  • Mr M Chandler
  • 04-12-2018

Disappointing reincarnation of one-time hero<br />

Down these mean streets a drunken bum stumbles.I always pictured Philip Marlow as an essentially honest man but he in this book he seems to have lost any scruples.





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  • christina
  • 13-09-2018

lyrical

this rendition is captivating . Ray Porter is compelling and believable
The prose and methodical pacing is in keeping with the character and genre - rich and full of detail
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  • Jollyj68
  • 13-01-2020

A fitting sequel for Chandler's superb works

The 'book':
As a stalwart fan of all things Chandler and Marlowe for over 35 years now, I approached this book with trepidation - fearful that it would fail to do justice to Chandler's epic back catalogue. Having finished the book, I'm happy to conclude that my fears were not realised. I'm not sure that Chandler wouldn't have given us a better sequel - but, as that, alas, is not possible, I do think this is a worthy effort. The internal monologue of Marlowe as an old man, coming out of retirement for one last huurah is almost entirely credible. If I have one criticism, however, it would be a tendency for over-geeky descriptions of samurai swords, cocktails and whiskeys. They jarred with me a little - but not so much as to completely ruin my belief in the authneticity of the character. However, the basic premise of the tale - that Marlowe is sought out by a Client, and tempted out of retirement, is not quite so believable, I thought. That aside, though, the plot is almost strong enough, and some of the twists and turns, and especially the concluding sequence, are all good imitations of the original Chandler style. Maybe it's my stubborn loyalty showing through - but I do just feel that Chandler would have given us something better - more believable and thus satisfying.
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As an audio experience I think it hits the mark perfectly. The narrator has the right voice and does a great job, and the laconic pace is exactly right for a Marlowe tale.

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  • Adele
  • 06-09-2018

No Chandler

A sequel to the great Raymond Chandler classics. But sadly Osbourne just doesn't catch the inimitable style of the originals. Well performed by Ray Porter who does a good job of the 72 year old Philip Marlowe. I've sent mine back.

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  • Mr M I Summerfield
  • 05-10-2018

Great story, dreadful reading

Chandler himself would have been pleased to write this narrative, it was that good. Sadly the reading and delivery was the worst I’ve heard. Treat yourself to the novel and savour the prose. It will be an infinitely more rewarding experience.