No, because it was too mundane. Had all the same characteristics of any common detective story. No unique features.
Given a little more life to the constraints of living in Nazi Germany, similarly to the way life in Soviet Russia was treated in Child 44.
No, but there undoubtedly be one.
It intertwines history and fiction, it's full of suspense and I love Bernie Gunther's character. He is gritty and sarcastic. I didn't like the ending too much and there is a lose end that does not get resolved. But these are minor bumps in an otherwise smooth narrative.
Bernie Gunther is a cool cat.
Bernie, but I am amazed at John Lees spectrum of talent. He is great as every character, even females.
Just finished the next book in series, Pale Criminal. Even better than the the March of Violets.
I am a fan of all of the Phillip Kerr books but the narration of this book was wrong. Bernie Gunthere is a tough Berlin cop, now private investigator, navigating his way through an increasing dangerous and insane Nazi environment. The narrator gives Bernie an english accent which makes him sound like a Duke or Earl and not the gritty character we have come to know. The story is great but I could not get to the reality of the story because of the wrong notes of the narration.
Maybe, but not until I've made an attempt at exhausting most of the truly exceptional recordings out there.
I would say yes, it was. I nearly gave up on it a couple of times because the characters are a bit flat and predictable, but the narration was excellent and so I persevered. It was good, but it did not leave me wanting more.
We downloaded March Violets in order to listen to the book in the car. However, we were only able to download 7 cds (sony CD-R Audio 80 minutes). We on't know whether we are missing one or two discs to finish the story.
He was good
We would like to learn the conclusion of the story.
I am a big fan of John Lee and actively seek him out. He does not disappoint with this performance.
Fantastic fast moving story with a great historical backdrop. John Lee does a superb job of narration. I have read other Kerr books but I think this is my favorite so fa.
While the story itself is excellent, I find it difficult to understand how a reputable publishing house could have chosen such an inappropriate narrator. As a teacher of German language and history, I was horrified at the complete inability of the narrator to correctly pronounce any of the German words in the story, right down to the total mispronunciation of the name of the main character. The narrator’s German pronunciation would not have achieved a pass grade in 12th grade high school in my class. This seriously detracts from the believability, authenticity and atmosphere of the story, and I’m afraid that it will prevent me from purchasing any more of the series. The mispronunciation was exacerbated by the narrator's use of English local accents to personify various characters. It was completely unbelievable and very disappointing. "March Violets" was excellently written and included a great deal of well researched historical background, but it just didn't work as an audio book due to the absurd choice of narrator.
The language of pre WW2 germany combined w the fatalism of the detective
The clouds of war could not hide this story
In 20 years of listening to audio books I would rate this as one of the top five I have heard. Kerr's story is wonderful and I won't give a precis of it here. I had read the books many years ago, and as I had loved them I was interested to see how they would translate into audio form; the result is a masterpiece. John Lee's delivery is superb! His tone, inflection, voices and characterization are exceptional. I can not recommend this book too highly. I looked forward with great anticipation to the daily commute to and from work so as to dive back in.
This is a new take on the detective story for me. The setting pre ww11 Germany - Berlin here. It is gritty and graphic but very compelling. The historical truisms you will recognize. It is dark - All the books are dark as they should be when dealing with Nazis. Bernie makes a change from my usual British detectives and John Lee the narrator is superb. I followed John Lee from Folletts books and look where he brought me into a whole new world of mystery.