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Coffee & Cigarettes: Pulp-Noir-Short Stories

Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Summary

This is the 2nd book in a series of Pulp Noir.

The rich history of Pulp stories are pure Americana. Written like a script from Film Noir movie, you are to be transported to a time in the 30's, 40's or 50's, where the liquor flowed freely and there was always a Crosley radio playing in some room off in the distance. The stories don't always end on a high note, or even end at all. The magic of a Pulp Noir short story is that the listener is supposed to wonder what comes next. After the last word on the page, the story for the characters moves on long after the final sentence. Unless the character is lying face down in a pool of blood or off to the clink. The listener is to guess as to what happens next and what came before.

Pulp Noir is more about a small slice or life, a moment in time, and usually a dark one. So please enjoy. Pour yourself a nice warm drink, dim the lights...conjure up in your consciousness; Femme Fatales, handguns, seedy bars, bad luck, thieves, scoundrels, a book of matches, a pack of Pall Mall's, low lighting, and definitely everything in glorious black and white.

©2018 Eric Leckey (P)2019 Eric Leckey

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Sit back with a coffee and enjoy

This book contains eleven short stories, that are just great if you have a few minutes to kill. Most of the stories are about detectives or the police out smarting the bad guys in clever ways and a few stories from the thief's point of view.They are all clean fun and could be set anywhere and in anytime period, so if you don't like noir books or books set in the past don't let it put you off. I enjoyed most of them with the exception of one or two where the ending was disappointing but on the whole I enjoyed the way the detective worked out who the killer/theif etc was and got his man and with title's like mile away, suicide for show, the alley and beach heist you can't go wrong with listening to this short collection.
The narrator was very good and with his range of voices it was easy to follow with the different characters.

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A good listen

The narration as usual was superb. The story was good, but not quite a 5 🌟 book. I would still recommend it though, worth a listen.

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Great dark tales

Another great collection of stories narrated by the excellent Bill Nevitt. The story’s are dark and interesting and a good mix of topics. It reminded me a bit of tales of the unexpected which I used to love and using Bill Nevitt to narrate this added to the tone of the stories.

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Three of my favourite things!

I loved this listen. I like murders, short stories and Bill Nevitt is one of my favourite narrators. This is a collection of short stories based around - murder, revenge, suspense, robbery and much more. Sometimes I just listened to one and other times I binged on two or three.I enjoyed all of them although I do have favourites - The Vault was a particular gem.

It is a test of a great short story that it can plunge you straight into another world within a few sentences. Eric Leckey does this admirably. At times it was like watching an old black and white film - dark and atmospheric. The echoes of times gone by were strong and I could almost smell the cigarettes and the whiskey.

Bill Nevitts's narration was perfect for these stories. I've listened to quite a few books that he has narrated now and he never disappoints. Right from the moment when he announced the title I knew I was in for a treat. The stories were engaging and enjoyable.

I shall look out for more of Eric's stories.

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We got a perfect thing goin here.

Eleven assorted noir short stories, each offering a taste of the criminal capers of times past, sometimes from the perspective of the law enforcers who relied on their wits, fists and local knowledge to solve crimes, or that of the guys (and girls) with plans to improve their prospects at the expense of others. Cigarette smoke swirling through a black and white world, the characters are larger than life and each story a small crumb of life, sometimes taken to a final ending, others merely an episode.

These tales linger in the memory long after they're over and all are short enough to slip into a. few minutes in a busy schedule. The titles of the eleven:
1) Hideaway
2). The Alley
3). The Vault
4). Mi!away
5). Off his Back
6). Suicide for Show
7). No Hero
8). Failed to Plan
9). Newspaper Man
10). Beach Heist
11). The Shower.
Narration of each story is by Bill Nevitt, who has a perfect voice for this type of book, reading with a good 'news headlines' clarity of expression and giving individual voice to the different characters. A nice performance.
Overall, an enjoyable book which can be read in bite sized pieces of as a whole feast of a bygone period. My thanks to the rights holder of Coffee and Cigarettes who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy

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  • timj26
  • 02-06-19

Excellent

this brought back memory’s of the detective novels my grandpa was always reading
The Golden era when cops relied on wit to solve a crime
Well narrated and very entertaining highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 25-05-19

Brilliant college of crime scenarios

Thirteen short, but dramatic sequences of an injustice occurring, captured in a style prior to the NCIS analyst technics employed on today's criminal law scenes.
No, this is when the cops used their fists, to exact fear and retribution. When the right and wrong appeared in more greys, than black and white.
Posed in a time, when there wasn't always a happy ending.
The narrator does a fantastic job of creating realistic characters, by their changing vocalizations, you receive the full emotional impact, as the writer intended.
Perhaps I am biased, as I have always been a fan of the old style, black and white TV dramas. These stories are reminiscent of that era.

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  • Anne Rightler
  • 10-07-19

Entertaining Ellery Queen style detective stories

Coffee and Cigarettes by Eric Leckey is a collection of short stories that take the reader back to the days of Ellery Queen and the detectives that had to follow the clues the hard way, no computers to guide the way. Sometimes it ends well and sometimes not. The author does a great job of drawing the reader in right from the start which is good considering he only has a short story to work with. The stories were told from a variety of points of view--the detectives, the thieves, the innocent. Stories of detectives finding their quarry; a young innocent girl, or is she? safecrackers stumbling on another burglar; a "Mutt and Jeff" type thieving duo and even an abusive husband getting his just dues. I like the short story format as I could listen to just one of the stories at a time or several if I had more time. It is an entertaining book to listen to and Bill Nevitt does a great job telling the stories, giving distinctive voices to the characters. I might have to go back and get a copy of the first collection of these stories, Alcohol and Cigarettes.

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  • Shannon G
  • 25-06-19

Fans of Noir will Enjoy This Collection

This is a collection of short stories placed in a time when advanced police procedural we are used to today didn't exist. The bad guys had it a bit easier then to hide their crimes but only a bit. The cops, detectives and P.I,s of this time were also on their best game, using all their senses and skills to do their jobs. This is not to say anything bad about today's good guys but in a lot of ways, they have it easier. This collection is a well written set of short stories. There's not always a happy ending or an end to the story. If you enjoy noir then you'll enjoy this set. As with any collection there will be stories you like a lot all the way to the ones you didn't but all kept my attention, at least enough to finish them. The narration was well done. Bill Nevitt has a nice clear and clean voice. He was able to give the many characters their own voice and read at a nice pace. Coffee & Cigarettes is an enjoyable collection I feel is worth your time.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 23-06-19

Atmopheric and entertaining

This is a great collection of eleven short stories that are reminiscent of gumshoe detectives and times that are past. You are plunged you into a world of murder and suspense, where police used their wits to unearth clues and sometimes their fists too. These atmospheric stories are brought to life by the excellent narration, that seems to ooze emotional impact, cigarette smoke and fedoras.

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  • Mark Irwin
  • 22-06-19

Fun escape back to noir

I really enjoyed this collection of noir short stories. The voice performance was fantastic and the stories were fun. A few were a bit predictable but never in a way to take away from the enjoyment of listening to this book. I would recommend it to any fan of noir.

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  • Derek J. Hollis
  • 21-06-19

Excellent Pulp Noir

Anyone looking to be teleported back into the 1940's era will love this audiobook. The narrator makes you feel like you are back in that time also. A collection of short stories that will have you wanting more.

My favorite story was The Vault. The ending was really good on that one. I like how all the stories are around 30 to 40 minutes long , perfect for my daily commute to work and back. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • wendigee
  • 19-06-19

Not Noir Enough

I enjoyed the stories but the atmosphere wasn't eerie, misty, shadowy, enough for me. I will listen to them again when I can take time for myself and will revise my review if needed.

I was provided this book at no charge to myself for an honest review.

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  • Rayc
  • 19-06-19

Great collection of short stories.

Coffee & Cigarettes: Pulp-Noir-Short Stories.
One of the best short story collections I've ever read.
So good I am going to look for the first collection.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • John
  • 18-06-19

An entertaining collection of noir stories

Coffee and Cigarettes is an entertaining collection of noir stories about cops and crooks. The book is a good fit for the narrator who has a voice that is well suited to the genre.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.