Bernie Gunther
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  • 1
    March Violets | Philip Kerr

    March Violets

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    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
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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 Nazi subculture.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 27 2009 by A User ()
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    March Violets | Philip Kerr

    March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and he is sucked further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. The year is 1936 and Berlin is preparing for the Olympic Games. Some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realise that they should have left while they could, and Bernie himself has been hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party.

    Missed the mark

    An interesting premise, and a book that ought to have appealed. But, why does the main character have an American voice? At first, I thought there wou..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 20 2011 by Margaret (Switzerland)
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    The Pale Criminal: Berlin Noir | Philip Kerr

    The Pale Criminal: Berlin Noir

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    • By Philip Kerr
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    The Pale Criminal brings back 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. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

    Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ...

    I've only done reviews for a handful of the hundreds I've listened to from Audible and other sources. The vast majority of selections one finds are o..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 02 2009 by Old Hippy (PA)
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    The Pale Criminal | Philip Kerr

    The Pale Criminal

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    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.

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  • 3
    A German Requiem | Philip Kerr

    A German Requiem

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    Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer.

    More than just a mystery/thriller

    The book is very interesting. It depicts the people trying to survive after WWII and the occupation of both the USA and USSR. The writing depicting t..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 05 2009 by Andrew Stone (San Diego)
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    A German Requiem | Philip Kerr

    A German Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther is in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendour, he traces sprials of depravity that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo.

    spilane?????

    This could have been a good listen but for the fact that the narrator who was supposed to be German had an American accnet which reminds one of the Mi..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 03 2010 by M. I. Wolfson (Cape Town)
  • 4
    The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel | Philip Kerr

    The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel

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    Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods.

    Excellent plot

    This is my first experience listening to a book by this author and I was very pleasntly surprised. Not only is the plot well developed, it is not obv..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 18 2008 by Linda (Bellevue, WA, USA)
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    The One from the Other | Philip Kerr

    The One from the Other

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
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    Munich in 1949 is a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work. It fills Bernie Gunther with disgust - but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead.

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  • 5
    A Quiet Flame | Philip Kerr

    A Quiet Flame

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    • By Philip Kerr
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    Posing as an escaping Nazi war criminal, Bernie Gunther, Berlin's hardest-boiled private eye, arrives in Buenos Aires. When he reveals his real identity to the local chief of police, he discovers that his reputation as a detective goes before him. A young girl has been murdered in peculiarly gruesome circumstances that strongly resemble Bernie's final case as a homicide detective.

    Excellent Evocation of Peron's Argentina. Gunther rides again!

    The brilliant interpretation we have come to expect; flawless characterisation and fluid and fluent reading. Gunther stumbles on to the truth with cha..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 16 2016 by Clive Byerley ()
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    A Quiet Flame | Philip Kerr

    A Quiet Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 09 2012 by Greg (minnetonka, MN, United States)
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    If the Dead Rise Not | Philip Kerr

    If the Dead Rise Not

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    • By Philip Kerr
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    Berlin, 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just 18 months but already Germany has seen some unpleasant changes. Forced to resign as a homicide detective, Bernie is now house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel. The discovery of two bodies involves Bernie in the lives of two hotel guests. One is a beautiful journalist intent on persuading America to boycott the Berlin Olympiad; the other is a German-Jewish gangster who plans to use the Olympics to enrich himself.

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    If the Dead Rise Not: A Bernie Gunther Novel | Philip Kerr

    If the Dead Rise Not: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    The best-selling author of 20 novels, Philip Kerr has won a devoted following - and there are none more ardent than those who devour his Bernie Gunther series. In 1934, Bernie found himself in Berlin, where he was caught up in intrigue surrounding Hitler, America, and the upcoming Olympiad. Two decades later, Bernie surfaces in Havana. But an old associate has appeared there as well - and might spell trouble of a decidedly deadly nature.

    Not the same w/o John Lee narrating, but ok story

    This book is after "A Quiet Flame" in the Bernie Gunther series, which is not on audible. I tired of waiting for audible add that book, so I..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 07 2011 by Michael (AUSTIN, TX, United States)
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    Field Grey | Philip Kerr

    Field Grey

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    • By Philip Kerr
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    It's 1954, and Bernie Gunther sails to Florida, where he's arrested, returned to Cuba, and imprisoned. There he meets Castro, and a French intelligence officer, Thibaud. Exhaustively questioned by Thibaud, Bernie is flown to Berlin with a proposition: work for the French or hang for murder. But Bernie's past as a German POW in Russia is about to catch up with him - in a way he could never have foreseen.

    ALONZO

    This should have been a great book, for me it wasn't indeed I didn't finish it., tedious in my view discribes it best. It doged about different time f..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 15 2012 by lloyd (mollymook, Australia)
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    Field Gray: A Bernie Gunther Novel | Philip Kerr

    Field Gray: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
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    Philip Kerr crafts a thrilling chapter from his critically acclaimed Bernie Gunther series. In Field Gray, Bernie finds himself imprisoned in 1954—and told he can either work for French intelligence or he can hang. Accepting his new job, Bernie begins interviewing POWs returning from Germany. And things get interesting when he meets a French war criminal and member of the French SS who has been posing as a German Wehrmacht officer.

    Simply, one of, if not the, best living writers

    Another wonderfully written, dark, but revealing look into the evil of which man is capable. Gunter is a bit of a "superman" himself, but n..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2011 by FRITZ STOOP (Moraga, CA USA)
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    Prague Fatale | Philip Kerr

    Prague Fatale

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    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Philip Kerr’s thrilling mystery series starring private detective Bernie Gunther has been hailed as “one of the great historical crime series” by Bookmarks Magazine. Set in 1941, Prague Fatale follows Gunther as he investigates a murder at the country estate of his old boss, SD member Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was throwing a dinner party for senior German officers when the victim was discovered - the body mysteriously locked in a room from the inside.

    Another Great Bernie Gunther Mystery!

    All the books I've read in The Bernie Gunther series have compelling storylines and envelope you in the world and era in which they take place, and th..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 24 2012 by Michael (AUSTIN, TX, United States)
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    Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Mystery, Book 8 | Philip Kerr

    Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    September 1941: Bernie Gunther's old boss, Reinhard Heydrich, orders him to Prague to stay at his country house. When a body is found in a room locked from the inside, the spotlight falls on Bernie to solve the mystery. If he fails to do so, he knows what is at stake - the reputation of Heydrich, a man who does not like to lose face. So begins the most diplomatically sensitive case of Bernie Gunther's police career.

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    A Man Without Breath | Philip Kerr

    A Man Without Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Berlin, March, 1943. A month has passed since the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, commanders on the ground know better. Morale is low, discipline at risk. Now word has reached Berlin of a Red massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk. If true, the message it would send to the troops is clear: Fight on or risk certain death.

    Disappointing narration

    Fine story -- as always -- by Philip Kerr. But the narration was weak. Little definition in the sound of various characters, leaving it often confusi..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 24 2013 by Charles (Vineland, NJ, United States)
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    A Man Without Breath | Philip Kerr

    A Man Without Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Winter, 1943. Bernie Gunther has left the Criminal Police and is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin. Reports have been circulating of a mass grave, discovered deep in the Katyn Forest. Rumour has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians - perfect propaganda for Germany. But it needs a detective of subtle skill to investigate this horrific discovery. Cue Bernie Gunther...

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    The Lady from Zagreb: A Bernie Gunther Novel | Philip Kerr

    The Lady from Zagreb: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    In 1942,there are worse places to be than Zurich, and detective Bernie Gunther has seen his fair share of them. So when a superior asks him to track down a glamorous German actress believed to be hiding in Zurich, he takes the job. The actress, it emerges, is the daughter of a fanatical Croatian fascist, the sadistic commandant of a notorious concentration camp, and Bernie finds himself involved in something much more sinister.

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    The Lady From Zagreb | Philip Kerr

    The Lady From Zagreb

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    A beautiful actress, a rising star of the giant German film company UFA, now controlled by the Propaganda Ministry. The very clever, very dangerous propaganda minister - a close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer and flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin homicide bull, now forced to do favors for Joseph Goebbels at the propaganda minister's command.

    AT LAST!

    Mr. Kerr, Thank you, sir, for this joyous godsend from your literary treasure trove. You answered your fan's uproarious "request" for a reunion of B..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 11 2015 by Bluestramp (Ville France)
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    The Other Side of Silence | Philip Kerr

    The Other Side of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
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    The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956, and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that - someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham.

    Bernie Gunther...Time Traveler

    Not having listened to any of Philip Kerr's writing other than all of Bernie Gunther, I hesitate to do so. To me, Kerr is Bernie Gunther. In writers..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 01 2016 by J. Lindsey (San Fernando Valley, CA)
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    The Other Side of Silence: Bernie Gunther, Book 11 | Philip Kerr

    The Other Side of Silence: Bernie Gunther, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    It is 1956 on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig…

    Vintage Gunther!

    This time set on the south of France Bernie tangles with former Nazis and current spies. Yes there's a woman and deceit, tension and violence but a su..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 22 2016 by Clive Byerley ()