By comparison the radio plays by Samuel Beckett I listened to were often quite depressing and dispiriting but, the extent to which he had characters which were at all developed, I found some of them likable. These days there has to be someone I like in something for me to listen to it, watch it or read it. I mean, I can listen to the radio-ized Philip Marlowe, with all of that self-indulgent cynicism and I at least find him and a few of the others likable, in the end. Though I don't think he's someone I'd like to have a drink with. Not more than once. Not without grabbing him by the lapels and saying, "Snap out of it, guy."
Listening to them, I decided to go with something a little more fun.
Update: Well Stupy, I wasn't talking about those productions of Philip Marlowe, I was talking about those from much later which were far superior. If you don't know about those, that's not my fault.
Update 2: "link or shut up" Well, for example, there are these produced by the BBC Radio 4. Only I heard them elsewhere. You'll have to wait for them to come round on the BBC Player. You should really try to take advantage of the resources revealed by the internet, there is so much more to the world than what you learned in your little universe in the lesser NYC area in your infancy, which you might want to leave behind.
And that's only an example. There are the ones dramatized by Bill Morrison in which Ed Bishop played Marlowe, which were quite good.
Philip Marlowe was excessively cynical but he had a moral core that extended past himself, his self-interest, his advantage. Anyone who re-wrote or played him as a sadist was distorting the character.
Update 3: You know, Stupy, you've been doing this long enough and I've been responding to your attempts at discrediting what I've said long enough - regularly kicking your ass - that someone would expect a smart person would realize I don't just say stuff without being able to back it up. You're not a smart person.