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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Short Stories and Collections, 2010

In the1930s and '40s, Black Mask was the single most important magazine for the modern mystery field. Here, writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Earl Stanley Gardner reshaped the established view of mystery fiction, creating the "hard-boiled" private eye.

Now this series resurrects from those pages the toughest of tough detectives in sonic dramatizations from the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear.

Stories included in this volume are "Lost and Found" by Hugh B. Cave, "Pigeon Blood" by Paul Cain, "Rough Justice" by Frederick Nebel, "Black" by Paul Cain, "The Missing Mr. Lee" by Hugh B. Cave, "Trouble Chaser" by Paul Cain, "Too Many Have Lived" by Dashiell Hammett, "Taking His Time" by Reuben J. Shay, and "Waiting for Rusty" by William Cole.

©2008 Keith Alan Deutsch (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"These shorts, highly acclaimed in the 1930s, are given new life by some of the best voices of our time." (AudioFile)

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Beware

I didn't know whether to star-rate this title without the warning or after so I gave it stars based on my enjoyment. HOWEVER:
I bought several of the individual Black Mask tales and loved them. However, this offering is just a compilation of the items I already bought singly. Beware - buy this and avoid the individual offerings.
On a better note, I loved these. I'm a fan of old time radio and really enjoyed these attempts to recreate those days. If you're careful and buy wisely, you're in for a treat.

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The accompanying music is Phenomenal!!!!!

Love the music

The stories are good the acting is good. Recognition is given to those who perform in those who have written. Equal (If not greater) recognition should be given to those who composed, arranged, and performed the music that accompanies each performance. Fantastic all the way around.

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Back to the Future

What made the experience of listening to Black Mask Audio Magazine, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

The Audible rendition took me back to the days of radio drama, the Theatre of the Mind. Well done with careful attention to detail.

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Well adapted, acted and produced

Classic tales from Black Mask and American magazine adapted for the radio theater format — what more can be said? There are a lot of ways this could have gone horribly wrong, but with great actors, none of the now almost 80- to 90-year-old dialogue comes off as too hammy (and when it does, it's perfect). Volume 1 collects 10 stories, most by Paul Cain, with a weird live Dashiell Hammett Spade story thrown in for good measure. The foley work is superb and only rarely isn't leveled to the point where it overshadows the dialogue. Otherwise, great work all around!

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Classic radio Detective

I found it to be exactly what I was looking for. Spectacular radio detective story

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PULP comes alive

You get to live and feel the classic noir come alive, I got into pulp recently, due to the great courses, David Schmidt, does a lecture on great mystery and suspense and it got me interested in the genre, that said, thier aren't many ways to fully delve into it. This is one of the most enjoyable ways to do so.

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Avoid This One

If you want good pulp magazine dramatizations get Jack Webb in Pat Novak for Hire from 1940s radio, and forget this modern attempt at faking it. I'm glad some actors found voice work, but their period characters are just generalized stereotypes and sometimes painful to listen to. A few "hard-boiled" leads sound like they've done infomercials. The stores are under-dramatized, probably because they are faithful to the originals (or maybe not), and several end abruptly leaving a listener wondering what comes next. Forget it.

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old fashioned fun

This was like stepping back in time to the old fashioned pulp detective novels. Includes a nice variety of authors. The recording is excellent.

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I miss these

I love the classic radio dramas. The number of narrators, the sound effects and of course the quick witted endings that always seems to save the day. Though dated in dialogue the stories start out simply and before long there is an escalating story line with little clue to how it ends. 4 stars

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what a knock out performance

I wish it were possible to give a performance 6 stars. The stories are among some of the best I've read in the noir past and present. Even includes a tale from ol Sam Spade as a stage play. excellent all around if you're into the real pulpy crime noir stories.