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March Violets | [Philip Kerr]

March Violets

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.
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Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of the Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir listening at its best and blackest.

©2008 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"The brutality and corruption of Nazi Germany serve as the backdrop for this impressive debut mystery novel. Scottish-born Kerr re-creates the period accurately and with verve; the novel reeks of the sordid decade that saw Hitler's rise to power." (Publishers Weekly)
"Echoes of Raymond Chandler, but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." (Evening Standard, London)

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    Molly Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-22-11
    Molly Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-22-11
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    "Gripping but graphic"

    This was a great period detective thriller -- but an excessively graphic one. Mr. Kerr earns high points for his research and detail but the rape scene was, in my mind, too much. If anything will keep me from purchasing his books in the future, it is the nightmares that I have had after listening to the graphic details of that scene.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    King Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09
    King Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Nazi Noir"

    This is a very entertaining story. The hero is a classic 1930s detective, the story moves nicely along, but the best part was the setting -- Germany 75 years ago. It was completely captivating.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Constance New York, NY, United States 05-04-12
    Constance New York, NY, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant Nazi Era Mystery"

    Philip Kerr is one of the very best. Think literary thriller (like John Le Carre) combined with a big dash of hard boiled attitude (like Raymond Carver). The detective navigates an increasingly Nazi-fied Berlin, trying to stay below the Nazi radar while maintaining a private stance of utter contempt for the rising regime. The story has plenty of twists and plenty of turns, but the atmosphere and characters are the real spell-binders. Highly recommended.

    Narration is great.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Troy, Michigan 06-09-09
    Deborah Troy, Michigan 06-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "More a Detective Novel than Thriller..."

    I love a good mystery or thriller, and I love any novel set in the WWII era. And John Lee is perhaps my favorite narrator. So this book seemed to have all the right elements. But as it turns out, it's more of a detective novel than a thriller. Not my cup of tea.

    If you like the classic Raymond Chandler, you'll love this book. It's well written an well narrated, and seems to be an homage to that 40's Noir style. But I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd expected.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Armen BROOMALL, PA, USA 05-27-08
    Armen BROOMALL, PA, USA 05-27-08
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    "One of the BEST"

    You won't want to stop listening to what is one of the best historical thriller written. Nazi Germany provides the background. The writing is Chandler quality. If you like historical thrillers - don't miss this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    George Lendvai 12-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Well done"

    One of the best historical fiction audiobooks I've heard. I could not wait to find out how the detective was going to unravel this case. Nice story, good twists and turns that kept the story very interesting. I was a bit remiss about the ending, but hey I guess you can't have it all.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Georg Bellingham, WA, United States 03-05-12
    Georg Bellingham, WA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Doesn't anyone here speak German?"

    A good noir crime novel that pays tribute to the Hammett and Chandler tradition. However, it fails to convey a real sense of place and the narrator mispronounces German place names so badly that they are often almost unrecognizable which, of course, makes the characters speaking them unbelievable. John Lee does a very good job otherwise; couldn't he have been coached a little on this?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian Bastrop, TX, United States 02-26-08
    Vivian Bastrop, TX, United States 02-26-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Good story"

    An LA type PI in Nazi Germany. Lots of possible material to grow and build new books. A very good start.
    If it gets a little dirty and colorful at times, I guess that is the way it could have been. The ending caught me by suprise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Fort Mill, SC, United States 09-09-13
    Joyce Fort Mill, SC, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Best Series that Audible has to offer."
    Where does March Violets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent writing with great delivery. I can't want until next month to get the third edition. You will not be disappointed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of March Violets?

    Historical Fiction at it's finest.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will be if he keeps on delivering this quality of work


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-10-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-10-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Love the Genre, Overall Good, Story a little flat"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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