The Black-Eyed Blonde

  • by Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Raymond Chandler's incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career. "It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it's being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere."
So begins The Black-Eyed Blonde, a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe - yes, that Philip Marlowe. Channeling Raymond Chandler, Benjamin Black has brought Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the mean streets of Bay City, California.
It is the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson.
Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson's disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City's richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.
Only Benjamin Black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe novel that has all the panache and charm of the originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today's best crime fiction.


What the Critics Say

"Dennis Boutsikaris narrates with marvelous aplomb.... [he] nails the cool but inviting tone, the clipped tempo, the razor and the velvet of such a tale. He differentiates between characters without overacting, and does a more than passable female - shades of Lauren Bacall, in fact. This is a perfect weekend listen." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Close Your Eyes and Marlowe Is (almost) Back

Don't don't be put off by the Chandler fanatics who claim that this is ersatz Chandler and nitpick the tortured metaphors that just keep coming like the gimlets in one of Marlowe's favorite dives.

The convoluted story and Marlowe philosophy are spot on.

Unfortunately, the narrator/actor is wrong for the character. He certainly speaks well; he just doesn't speak like Philip Marlowe. Elliott Gould owns that voice. He understands that Marlowe has seen too many fat cats get away with corruption, and too many nice girls rubbed out for being at the wrong place and the wrong time. He's smoked too many cigarettes, been sucker-punched too many times; and spent too many nights at the station. This author doesn't sound world-weary; he sounds like he's just come back from "senior year abroad" and is eager to tell you about his adventures.
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- Brustar

The worst narration I've ever encountered

Where does The Black-Eyed Blonde rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The performance is essentially at the core of an audio book. This is an embarrassing moment in the usually stellar record of If you want the the experience of a guy reading the phone book, then this is your book, with the pacing and the inflection of just such an endeavor. This is the only review I've written in some measure of haste- hoping to protect other unsuspecting listeners.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Primarily, it was the lack of timing. The words were read in a hurried manner lacking any depth or expression. By far, the most disappointing reader I've encountered at Audible.

Any additional comments?

Avoid this title.

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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio