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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.

"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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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • joan
  • 27/10/2011

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.

22 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Angster
  • 11/02/2019

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.

5 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • R. Ackley
  • 04/04/2012

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.

8 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • PraiseJesus
  • 09/09/2020

Classic radio Detective

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Zap Smith
  • 24/04/2019

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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • joseph Gonzalez
  • 06/08/2018

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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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jim
  • 26/06/2011

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.

9 people found this helpful

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • jmuccelli
  • 04/02/2021

Black Mask

Here you have 10 classic crime stories from the 30's and 40's...If you like hard boiled crime stories from yesteryear this should be right up your alley. These are radio drama's and the narration was top shape.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Elisabeth
  • 07/11/2020

3.5

Listening to these old time noir stories performed like radio dramas is entertaining. The stories are hit and miss. The performances are good and the accompanying music is very good.
Rough Justice by Frederick Nebel . 1930, 2.5 stars. A typical noir with a tough P.I. looking for a missing ring. There's tough talk, and some slapping around.
Taking His Time by Reuben J. Shay. 1931, 1 star. A small town sheriff jerks around an employee from a travelling circus who has been robbed. Tries to be cute, but isn't particularly funny.
Black by Paul Cain. 1932, 3 stars. Black walks into town and a man dies in his arms, then he meets up with a female cabbie. A local crime boss and his son are competing to take over the town.
The Missing Mr. Lee by Hugh B. Cave.1940, 3.5 stars. The story follows a murder investigation at a boarding house with each character delivering their piece of the story.
Waiting for Rusty by William Cole. 1939, 4 stars. This would have made a good Twilight Zone episode. Bank robbers are holed up in a cafe waiting for their boss.
Pigeon Blood by Paul Cain. 1933, 3 stars. Guns, rubies, and a fixer inhabit this hard-boiled crime drama. A woman with a gambling problem is shot at while driving on the highway.
Trouble Chaser by Paul Cain. 1934, 3 stars. A red headed fixer named Black refuses to get involved in a blackmail scheme and ends up solving murder. Actresses, blackmail, jealousy, and murder; this story is jam packed with action.
Too Many Have Lived by Dashiell Hammett. 1932, 3 stars. This story starts out with some really good descriptive writing. Sam Spade is employed to find a missing man, by another man who is interested in the missing man's wife. Sam goes to meet the wife who works at a speakeasy and we are treated to a wonderful rendition of a torch song.
Lost and Found by Hugh B. Cave. 1940, 1 star. A former newspaper reporter has to track down the daughter of a millionaire in Florida because of some incriminating letters she has allegedly written. This just couldn't keep my interest. The intro music is the best part.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • MarvinHarris
  • 04/11/2020

Not Bad

Overall, this was pretty entertaining. I’ve always enjoyed listening to these “old-tine” radio programs and this one did not disappoint me.