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Greeks Bearing Gifts

Bernie Gunther, Book 13
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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1957, Munich. Bernie Gunther's latest move sees him working for an insurance company. Sent to Athens to investigate a claim from a fellow German for a ship that has sunk, Bernie takes an instant dislike to the claimant. 

When he discovers the ship in question once belonged to a Greek Jew deported to Auschwitz, he’s convinced the sinking was no accident. Then the claimant is found dead. 

Bernie is strong-armed into helping the Greek police with their investigation. Who is behind the murder, and why?

©2018 Thynker Ltd (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Chantal
  • 06-11-18

Possibly the best of the series

No punches pulled here as Kerr has Gunther chasing war criminals against the background of the seamless transfer from Germany's National Socialist government to the post-war era and the unfairness of Germany 's position on Greek debt. Truly fascinating and as always well read by Harding.

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  • Nick Carter
  • 04-16-18

Turn it up.

Volume too low. Had to turn up to maximum but Jeff Harding is still an awesome performer.
Not the best of Bernie Gunther stories but still worth listening just to find out what he gets up to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-18

So off to Greece foe the next instalment

I’ve enjoyed all these adventures and like how the character has developed. Unfortunately the options of many of the characters towards women seemed pointless and rather soured the story at times.

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  • Stephen Timms
  • 08-19-19

Towser T

Another great book by the late Philip Kerr, superbly narrated by Jeff Harding, whose voice somehow adds an authentic atmosphere to the gangster-like Nazis of the period of the Bernie Gunther series. This is not my favourite as I prefer the novels set during the Second World War. I have only one more book to read to complete the set. I have rated all the novels from three to five stars. A bit like symphonic works there is a similarity in content and style - to be expected of course. This only adds to the ease of reading or listening. I implore anyone who picks up this book or listens on Audible to go back to the first one and go through them in chronological order.

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  • Wendy
  • 04-13-18

He did it again

I so enjoyed this book ..I was worried after reading so many of his books I might finally be disappointed with Bernie .Gunther ...but no chance excellent story with enough history to make it all believable . I cannot stress how important it is that Phillip does not feel the need to fill his pages with swearing rather than content... well done an author who gives you your monies worth!

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  • Stephen Bentley
  • 08-11-19

Chandler rides again.

I quite often like this type of fiction and I have purchased several Philip Kerr books. This one becomes too much like Raymond Chandler/Philip Marlowe, too baggy and suffers from too many short chapters in an effort to give the illusion of pace. The voice and accent of the narrator grated after a while. I kept going to the end, but did find the process wearing. Good sense of place, the essential Graham Greene seediness of post war Europe comes through very well. Everybody drinks I notice specially while toting firearms. Far more so than now? Spirits, not wine - Or beer? Or is that just me being an old stay at home? Or is the drink and frequenting bars an essential part of the Raymond Chandler & Dashiell Hammett world?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

Not up to usual high standard.

Seemed like the story was getting really going then seems to conclude abruptly.
Mr Kerr what happened.

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  • Charlie Cassidy
  • 06-11-18

Trans-atlantic narration dire!<br />

Philip Kerr must be spinning in his grave at the thought that his much loved hero German creation speaks with an American accent. Why oh why?

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  • Richard
  • 11-28-18

Wrong narrator diminishes enjoyment

This is a story of a German living in Europe and who was a participant in the Second World War. It is read by a narrator with a strong American accent. Does not work. To reinforce how stupid this is when speaking for other European nationals, including a few Germans, the correct accents are used.

This incongruity severely reduces the enjoyment of the book and grates horribly.

This is a pity as Jeff Harding is a brilliant narrator of Jefferey Deaver and Lee Child books to choose but two of the authors he narrates. All those stories are with American characters set in America. Please stick to America Mr Harding.

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  • Plum
  • 11-01-18

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A classic Bernie Gunther story but Jeff Harding’s reading makes him sound like a New York gangster. It really grates and makes it hard to listen to.

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  • Thomas Michl
  • 01-20-19

Too much focus on an unbelievable love story

Is an ok book, but after a very good start the story fizzles out and starts mostly revolving around a poorly developed and ill believable love story

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