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If you could sum up Black in three words, what would they be?
Great Pulp Fiction.
What other book might you compare Black to, and why?
Any of the Original Blask Mask audio books would be good to try. Hollywood Theater of the Ear delivers a fine audio production with all the traditional radio drama elements intact. The period music and tough narrative give you a step back in time to the 1930s, whilst enjoying modern production and fantastic sound quality. This series gives the listener a modern version of classic pulp fiction detective story with top-notch actors. Tough-talking bad guys and equally tough-talking, hard doing good guys make a great stories. Couldn't ask for more. If you're a hard-boiled detective story fan, give 'Black' and the other Black Mask audiobooks a listen. You'll enjoy the great quality.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I loved all the actors - they brought the characters to life and kept me wanting more.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Gripping drama and a few laughs too.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I'm not sure. Most of them are not into 30's type stuff, especially detective stories.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Really not. At the same time was really interested in Black's motive.
Any additional comments?
Like I said, it might have a made pretty nice B- movie. Bogie as Black, maybe Betty Davis as the cab driver, and Sidney Greenstreet as the elder McCary. Of course, expanded a little.
I enjoyed listening to this short story. it is good as far as short stoiries go.