Excellent writing with great delivery. I can't want until next month to get the third edition. You will not be disappointed.
Historical Fiction at it's finest.
No, but I will be if he keeps on delivering this quality of work
I was eager to find a series which told suspenseful stories beautifully written about compelling characters in an historically accurate way. I love the work of Eric Ambler, and also enjoy Alan Furst, who in my mind is less consistently good. Philip Kerr's work came as a huge disappointment in every respect. The characters are so unlikeable I found it hard to care what happened in the story. The historical atmosphere created here is very thin; the language is vulgar, the story contrived. Ambler or Furst, this is not.
fairly clever plot, enjoyed the historical evocation of an era, one of my favorite narrators
the second in the series, already listening
yes...about the same. at least he doesn't try to fake a german accent
the corny tough-guy dialogue and overblown similes became quite tiresome. also, the sex scenes....could definitely do without...i'm not a prude but they detract and are completely pointless.
this was a noir detective yarn, set in pre-war Germany. I was hoping for something like Alan Furst, but on the contrary, the characters were cutouts, the villains predictable, and the narration cringeworthy. Gratuitous violence, too.
Enjoy listening to audible books just before going to bed. This one kept me up until wee hours of night. Really exiting and great understanding of Nazi Germany in 1930s. Will certainly buy the remaining 3 books.
I love books in the detective novel genre, and really enjoy stories written about the WWII era. This one takes place in pre-WWII Nazi Germany and introduces the protagonist Bernie Gunther as an Ex Cop, "Good Guy" detective.
Overall the story is a little flat and predictable, but the fictional tale around actual historical characters is interesting from a lot of angles. I like the author's writing style and his candid depiction of the real life brutality and violence that existed in 1936 Berlin, and I do look forward to continuing the series.
The narrator John Lee is one of the best in the business and is terrific in this one!
Overall Recommended, especially if you like the genre and stories about this era.
This is intended to be a review of the entire Bernie Gunther series and not just the first book, March Violets. As an audible listener, I love to find a great detective series and assume others would be the same. The Bernie Gunther series is one I strongly recommend. The only detective series I have listened to which is better is the Robert Galbraith (aka, J.K. Rolwings) detective Kormoran Strike series.In comparison to the first rank of detective series I have read, the Detective Bernie Gunther series rates as good as anything by John Sandford (Lucas Davenport & Virgil Flowers) and nearly as good as some of the early Michael Connolley mysteries (Detective Harry Bosch). I have also listened to the Craig Johnson-Sherriff Walt Longmire series and the Michael McGarrity-Sherriff Kevin Kearny Series, having enjoyed them greatly and listened to a number of books from each series more than once.. Both of those series are quite good, though I personally think the Gunther series is better.In my opinion, a second rank of series would be the Peter Robinson-Inspector Banks mysteries and the Charles Todd-Inspector Rutledge series. The Gunther books are much better, less contrived than the Banks and Rutledge books which hinge on similar plot devices and are too predictable.If anyone knows of another great detective series, I would be most obliged to hear of it. I hope this opens up some new series for other listeners.
After recently finishing The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Bonhoeffer, and The Garden of Evil, it seemed to me that Kerr gave a pretty accurate account of what it would have been like in Nazi Germany during the 1930s and 1940s for a person (Detective Bernie Gunther) who was not sympathetic to the new national German leadership.
Mr. Lee is a wonderful reader, able to make distinctions in voices amongst the different characters. Although I am not fluent in German, he did not seem to mess up German pronunciation.
The Bernie Gunther series is a top series, difficult to find. The stories don't become repetitive in plot devices. The character grows as the nation gradually goes down in flames over the course of the series.
John Lee superbly narrates a dark tense historically inspired detective fiction set in Nazi Germany.
I have never read/listened to a story about a private investigator in pre WWII Germany. Sort of Sam Spade meets Hitler. The story is well put together and I thought the narration done well. Not all characters are resolved in the book so I will have to see if it comes up in the next installment.
Philip Kerr's use of language is unique, creative and beautiful. I have never read a detective novel where the author could turn a phrase as sharply.
At times, yes.
The characters were supposed to be German, but the reader was British. While I can see the value in using a non-American accent, it was distracting to hear British accents speaking as Nazi's and using Germanic names and phrases.
Every so often Kerr would use a phrase that would have me laughing out loud - even though it really isn't a comedy.
I would never think someone could write a detective novel where 1930's Germany was a backdrop - where the Nazi's were NOT the main characters. Kerr does so masterfully. And in doing so, we get a better feel for the life of the citizens of Germany during the Nazi rise to power.