Retired lawyer/executive but active curmudgeon keeping busy by volunteering with Hope Hospice in the fall and winter and National Park Service in Spring and Summer. Training a new RV co-pilot after my long-time co-pilot passed away suddenly.
I still find it hard to believe that I would get hooked on a former SS officer as protagonist . I readily admit that , long ago, I was hooked on Bernie Gunther stories. Each book gets better and better. This one is terrific! Paul Hecht does an outstanding job with this book. It's seems like a very tough part to play but Mr Hecht makes the story come alive.
I found Philip Kerr's novels a few months ago and have gone through five of them. This one I'm listening to for the second time, picking up twists I missed before and enjoying it as much as I did on the first listen. I think Paul Hecht captures the noir flavor perfectly and will look for other books he's narrated. I've read hundreds of mysteries over the years and Philip Kerr's novels rank with the very best.
I love complicated books and this strange genre of the WWII noir detective novel is right up my alley. I listened to this book twice over a few months and still have trouble placing and remembering all the people and events in Bernie's tale. The book moved forward, back and sideways as Bernie recalled and made up stories to the various characters and intelligence agencies. I had trouble following what was true and not until the last 15 minutes. An actual book might have made it easier. The reader is very good and can sound like David McCullough at times. I like John Lee too and can understand why the transition may be difficult for some reviewers but, although they have different styles, both are excellent.
Kerr is probably one of those writers that you either really like or really don't like. His books on Audible benefit from good narrators (Paul Hecht is as delightful as John Lee once you get used to him) as well as interesting historical plots. I have no idea how accurate his Nazi world is, but it makes for enjoyable listening. Gunther is hard not to like as a hero because he so often turns out to be incredibly vulnerable. In this book Gunther gets a little out of his element, or maybe it is Kerr and his experimental style that goes a bit awry. Nevertheless, Kerr still delivers and Bernie does not disappoint.
I have read every Kerr book ,so I must like them. I have gone to US holocaust Memorial Museum website. I guess one is saying and the other is proving : there is no god, there is no justice, and nothing is solved by war.
I don't know how to rate this book. I don't know if I like or not. I guess the one liner by the old peasant to Pancho Villa says it all "doesn't matter who is in charge, they all still you chickens." However , this is much to simple for this book that starts slow and familiar and grows on you.
My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.
The book jumps around and the descrption of the places are narrow. I just could not get into the book.
Too much to change. I could find nothing to admire in the main character or the others. After listening for a couple hours I gave up. The language is explicit and disgusting. I would be embarrassed to let this play out loud in the presence of other people.
Anyone who is interested in the history of midcentury Europe cannot fail to learn a lot and enjoy by following the career of Berlin policeman Bernie Gunther from the 1920s through 1950sthrough a series of novels by Philip Kerr.