Black (4 Novel Bundle)

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 29 hrs and 19 mins
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Artemus Black doesn't believe in fate...but even a hardened Hollywood PI can question destiny when cases turn ugly. 

With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that's deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get? 

The answer is plenty, and Black finds himself in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder - and bad hair days. 

If you love Chandler and Hammett, Black's irreverent nod to the noir classics is sure to draw smiles and keep you listening late into the night. 

Get it now! 

A four-novel bundle of the critically acclaimed Black series from a New York Times best-selling author.

©2018 Russell Blake (P)2018 Russell Blake

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Boy, What a Bargain

I came across this 4-Book bundle entirely because R.C . Bray is my favorite narrator. But this series is unlike anything else of his that I’ve downloaded. Bray is first and foremost a Avi-for guy. Hell, I rarely even read Bray books before buying The Martian (a Bray masterpiece). I’ve since listened to dozens of Bray-read books. My library now boasts more Bray books than any other author or reader. Yeah, I like his work.

There is nothing sci-if about the Black books. Black is a fascinating LA private detective who teeters on the edge of financial ruin. These are set in current time, but author Russell Black gives the books noir quality that sets them apart from most other private eye books.

And parts of the stories are an out and out hoot! I never tire of his sole employee/office assistant Roxy. She’s a very funny smart-ass!

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Great series. Adventure, mystery, comical, noir.

I'm really impressed. it was hard to stop listening. This was an excellent read. Glad I downloaded it

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Cliched to the limit! Deliciously hilarious.

This uproarious detective four-book detective series is a hoot! Between Detective Black's secretary, the screamingly funny Roxie with her office 🐱 Mugsie, a stray overweight feline, and Black's own lively sarcastic barbs, I laughed out loud throughout. "Our bank account is about as empty as a Kardashian's head." We follow Black as he conducts his investigations and meet some interesting and very quirky characters, making this a must-listen. Narration is by one of my favorites, R.C. Bray. Russell Blake, you've given us hours of delightful entertainment and I 👀 forward to many more in this series. Well worth the credit. So highly recommended, I can't see the top! NOTE: There was a minor Audible problem on my Amazon devices. When I would took a break, it lost the correct bookmark. I've had a similar problem in Audible box sets. Still, this four-book bundle was worth searching for where I left off.

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friggin awesome, lots of fun

loved the series, and laughed out loud many times throughout. without being burdened with the seriousness typical of the genre, situations and conversations are fresh and intriguing. strong characters that I'll miss, for sure. of course, RC Bray is the king. so good!

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It made me laugh!

You will enjoy this book! Love the lead character. And Roxy is secretary made this book funny and enjoyable. Take a chance I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy

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The Best 'New Old Style' Detective

Written with the style of detective novels of the past. Sex scenes fade out …. Vulgarity is 'G' rated Violence is kept to a minimum, allowing our imaginations to 'visual' the scene. I am pleased to have found this series.... I would rate this Author with the best, and certainly my favorite of current Author's of this Genre'.

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Wonderful

I have enjoyed hundreds of books from audible. This series of books is certainly among my favorites. It’s witty, complex intelligent , and thoroughly enjoyable in all aspects. The characters and storyline are wonderfully written and portrayed by a gifted narrator . I would love to see this made into a TV series . All in all it’s a 10 from my point of view.

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Highly Recommend This Series

The books were good, narrator was great, as usual his range of voices is amazing, you never have to struggle with trying to figure out who is supposed to be talking. RC Bray, in my opinion, is the best in the business.
The humor in the books is literally laugh out loud funny. The author does a terrific job balancing serious and humor. Real life is neither all funny or all serious, many authors do one or the other, I always admire authors who do both.
There were a few errors in book four I feel the editor should have caught. It didn't make any difference to the storyline, it just surprised me that it wasn't noticed. I'm curious to know if it was in the written version and if any others noticed it.
I have to warn people that once you start listening you will not want to stop.

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Detective Film Noir actually works in Modern LA

This is a real page turner with unexpected plot turns and twists. Who would think that "vintage detective film noir" would work in modern day L.A. complete with sassy repertoire and all.

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Excellent story , narrator on par

This is the best book of all 4 and RC Bray is his usual best.

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  • paul walukiewicz
  • 09-11-18

Entertaining Light-hearted Detective Thriller

Really entertaining and good value at 4 books in one. The dialog is funny and helps the story along. Bosch but more affable with humour and less complicated plots.

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 12-14-18

Simply a Hidden Gem

A great compilation and super value. A laugh a minute which will reward multiple repeat listening. RC Bray simply nails it. Wish I had found the series earlier 🔥🔥

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  • Mr R Tate
  • 01-22-19

RC Bray was the pull but wow what a great series.

I love RC Bray’s narration and that’s why I gave this a spin. I was rewarded with a fabulous series that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and it’s left me wanting more. Great characters and fun stories. I would highly recommend.

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  • Blaze
  • 06-08-19

Modern light-hearted take on Chandler

Addictive and very hard to break away from even for a day. The plot is mostly gripping and rather tight, maybe with the exception of the fourth instalment, which does seem slightly over the top. Despite that, it is probably the funniest part in the series. The characters are interesting and produce plenty of humour and very nice interactions. The narrator is probably at his finest in trying to breathe life in all of the different characters. A must for fans of the genre.

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  • Tracy Stephen
  • 05-10-20

Funny PI books

good characters the plots were not too vexing though, pleasant storylines and humour just right.

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  • Shelly B
  • 02-14-20

Fantastic books, Brilliant Narration.

These books are really amazing, so much description (without being flowery) so much personality and plenty of humour...

I have totally enjoyed listening to these vivid stories, each with its own twist. The books present you with recurring characters which help build the atmosphere and environment.


The investigations are intriguing, fun and generally pleasing to listen to.
I cannot rate these books enough!

The 4 book Black bundle, was read brilliantly by R. C. Bray, what a narrator! He reads these to perfection, with charm and personality.

I felt like I was in the midst of a P.I adventures; as his voice took me there. Seriously though R. C. Bray is magnificent a true joy to listen to. Pairing this book to this narrator was sheer genius.

Enjoy these books, although I am sure you will, as seriously They are NOT to be missed!!

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  • Helen
  • 08-27-19

Amazing

Amazing writer and narrator, listened to whole series. I wholeheartedly recommend the entire series, and narrator.

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  • A
  • 08-24-19

Very good

R C Bray at his best. Good story, I enjoyed the banter between roxey and black.

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  • Suze
  • 02-20-19

tidy story's well read .humour & mild threat mix

easy listen fun characters along with the serious plots you also get a few laughs.

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  • Jiboye
  • 01-10-19

Dialog and banter on point.

Can't help loving Russell Blake's style of writing. Great writing & humor. The main characters stay with you. The plot, always interesting 🙂

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  • Chris
  • 08-23-18

Great listen

I was not sure about this series at first but the more I listened to it the more people on the train heard me laughing and the banter between the characters. RC Bray does a fantastic job bring them to life. Worth every cent.

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  • Monie
  • 12-19-18

Great listen

I really enjoyed the story and characters, lots of light hearted banter, and R C Bray is one of my favourite narrators so I couldn't go wrong.

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  • david
  • 06-30-19

fantastic crime series

fantastic crime series. classic
stories were fun and engaging. the reader was great. I will look up the author s other books

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