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The Quiller Memorandum | [Adam Hall]

The Quiller Memorandum

You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed by the enemy - or your own people. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met while you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany. Next, you make contact with a beautiful girl who may know something. Someone tries to kill both of you.
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Publisher's Summary

You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed by the enemy - or your own people. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met while you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany. Next, you make contact with a beautiful girl who may know something. Someone tries to kill both of you.

Your name is Quiller. You are the hero of an extraordinary novel that shows how a spy works, how messages are coded and decoded, how contacts are made, how a man reacts under the influence of truth drugs, and that traces the story of a vastly complex, entertaining, convincing, and sinister plot.

©1965 Jonquil Trevor; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner, 1966 Edgar Award for Mystery Fiction

"You can't go wrong with Quiller." (Harper's)
"Tense, intelligent, harsh, surprising." (New York Times)
"A model of breathless excitement." (New Yorker)

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    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 09-06-07
    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 09-06-07 Member Since 2005

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    "An entertaining thriller"

    This is a well-read, well-written thriller that holds up to repeated listens. It is a classic of post-war espionage, full of twists and turns.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    auditexecutive FL United States 03-30-13
    auditexecutive FL United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Overwrought"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Seems like it was trying to be literary, so lots of stream of consciousness and Freudian. Seemed like dreck.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 12-31-12
    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.

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    "It starts off pretty strong, but..."

    I enjoyed roughly the first half of The Quiller Memorandum immensely. It's set in Berlin during the mid 1960s, a setting ripe with intrigue, and it gets off to a fast start. But about half way through the story, an element of overdone psychoanalysis intrudes on the narrative and it just goes on and on until you begin to wonder which word applies best, tiresome or wearisome. (I say wearisome is worse than tiresome, and thus is the better choice.)

    The performance by Simon Prebble is top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason W. Miller Jamestown, North Dakota 02-19-13
    Jason W. Miller Jamestown, North Dakota 02-19-13

    Glass Chewing Calvinist

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    "Great Fiction"
    Would you listen to The Quiller Memorandum again? Why?

    Yes. Mostly because the story is so good but also because the performance is near perfect. The narrarator did an absolutely splendid job bringing this story to life. I don't think this would have been as good an experience without the narrarator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main, character, of course. Everyone else is a bad guy.


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

    This is my first time listening to Mr. Pebble. I would absolutely listen to him again. He is fantastic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining story. Marvelous performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Loeffler OK 05-05-08
    Scott Loeffler OK 05-05-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Story stops with an interesting premise"

    The idea of a post WWII Germany and hunting for evil Nazi's had potential. The book however realized none of it as it rambles through a self reflective narrative that neither tells a story nor develops any characters.

    90% of the time the story deals with what the main character is thinking. It never seems to develop into a plot to follow nor enjoy.

    This easily is my least favorite Audible download in 3 years. Maybe if you have enjoyed other of this authors books you may enjoy it, but I found it uncompelling and tedious.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Vestal, NY, United States 06-20-13
    Steven Vestal, NY, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Come on! Another Nazi thriller?"
    What disappointed you about The Quiller Memorandum?

    How many Nazi conspiracy theories and stories can you write after 60 years? I can't seem to get past the concept that every Nazi that was alive is now dead or really old. Writing a new story about a very old concept just doesn't make it even in a spy thriller.


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Narrator does fine as he always does. Unfortunately the story just doesn't carry me past five minutes of listening.


    What character would you cut from The Quiller Memorandum?

    Are antihero or hero or whatever he is just doesn't seem to cut it. His character is pretty soft.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend that you not waste your time or your money on this story

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reader6000 london, ky, United States 06-07-11
    Reader6000 london, ky, United States 06-07-11
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    "Terrible narrator."

    I could not stand to listen to the book. The narrator was terrible he ruined the book for me and wasted my money. The book is good it is a four star book but the narrator subtracts three stars. Great job Simon.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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