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A Quiet Flame | [Philip Kerr]

A Quiet Flame

Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter ina case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany 18 years before.
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Publisher's Summary

Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter ina case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany 18 years before.

©2009 Philip Kerr (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 08-09-12
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "May be his best"

    I haven't finished the series, but this one may be the best of the bunch. Standing alone it deserves five stars across the board. Narration by Paul Hecht is, to my ear, his best effort to date. Flash backs are clear easy to follow and directly relevant to the point of departure. I wish more authors understood their proper use. One hardly need suspend disbelief to engage with this book. Enjoy! It's a great read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    edward oday FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, US 03-23-13
    edward oday FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, US 03-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Addicted Audible listener.what could be better than listening to a terrific narrator bring a book to life.

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    "Kerr gone Mad?"

    What could have gone through Mr Kerr's head to have him drop John Lee and use Paul Hecht as narrator? The wonderful exciting Bernie Gunter" stories have gone stone cold flat. John Lee was Bernie. Hecht reads in a flat monotone disinterested tone that puts me to sleep. I have lost all interest in the series. I am finished. No longer will I be transported through the dark mysterious streets of Europe through unique twists and turns, listening to richly developed characters interact in Mr Kerr's masterful work.
    I know it was 15 years since he penned a new "Bernie "novel but Got in Himmel, there are so many other talented readers he could have chosen. Did he even audition Hecht? or was Hecht fobbed off on him for loosing a bet?.
    Good by Bernie...RIP

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeryl Live Oak, TX, United States 07-30-12
    jeryl Live Oak, TX, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Quiet Flame review"
    Would you listen to A Quiet Flame again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy noir


    What other book might you compare A Quiet Flame to and why?

    Some of the James Lee Burke - Dave Robicheaux series


    What does Paul Hecht bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    In my opinion, he has a dramatic voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Detecting can be a dirty business.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 03-31-12
    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 03-31-12
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    "Not His Best but Still Worth It"

    The writing here is okay but not as good as usual. Hecht is still fine as the narrator. Even Kerr's not-so-good stories are still worth reading/listening to. In this episode it just seems that Bernie is making too many mistakes for the convenience of Kerr so he can make rather obvious political statements. It is more fun when Kerr is simply telling a story and letting Bernie smart-off and get into feasible trouble. In A Quiet Flame Bernie's arrests are far too contrived to enable the listener to feel a smooth flow of the plot. The wise-cracks are still there and the story is passable, even given the several bumps along the road.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 06-25-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 06-25-14 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "This series is amazing..."

    I love that I am getting a history lesson with each book in this series. It is well written and narrated. The author takes you along on the adventures of Bernie Gunther. I will get the next book for sure. Enjoy.

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    Robert Hamden, CT, United States 10-12-13
    Robert Hamden, CT, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story"

    Agree that the narration is not as strong as the previous books, but it doesn't matter after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Sonoma, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Daniel Sonoma, CA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Philip Kerr Catches World of Germany in the 30's"
    Would you listen to A Quiet Flame again? Why?

    Yes, excellent story well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continued saga of Bernie Guenther.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Hecht – was your favorite?

    Excellent diction and German pronuncation


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    Kerr is the master of pre-war and war time Germany. His knowldege of Berlin is phenomonal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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