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Bernie Gunther, Book 14
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Berlin detective Bernie Gunther bows out at last in the 14th and final audiobook of the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling series, perfect for fans of John le Carre and Robert Harris.  

Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. 

Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police. He invites Bernie to join KIA - Criminal Inspection A - the supervisory body for all homicide investigation in Kripo. Bernie's first task is to investigate the Silesian Station killings - four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks. All of them have been hit over the head with a hammer and then scalped with a sharp knife.    

Bernie hardly has time to acquaint himself with the case files before another prostitute is murdered. Until now, no one has shown much interest in these victims - there are plenty in Berlin who'd like the streets washed clean of such degenerates. But this time the girl's father runs Berlin's foremost criminal ring, and he's prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his daughter's killer.    

Then a second series of murders begins - of crippled wartime veterans who beg in the city's streets. It seems that someone is determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not Bernie Gunther's....

©2019 Philip Kerr (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Good-bye, Mr. Kerr!

I am sad that the story of Bernie Gunther has come to an end and there are going to be no more books. In my opinion, this last adventure is not as strong as some former ones, but it's full of nostalgia and some clever worded advice. Life is about moving on no matter how hard it is and this should be the grand lesson for the whole series. Thank you, Mr. Kerr!

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Sad to know that this is the last of Bernie

Excellent narration of the Last book in the series I will miss Herr Gunther a lot.

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  • John
  • 04-25-19

Philip Kerr at his absolute best!!

It’s rare if ever I’ve written a review but as I approach 500 audiobooks that I have now listened to this was one of the finest. Absolutely superb!! Back to his best. As good as the Berlin Noir Trilogy.

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  • mcjphillips
  • 04-06-19

End of an era

Classic Bernie Gunther, going out on a high he'll be missed. The last of a great series.

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  • Stephen Timms
  • 08-30-19

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This is the last of the Bernie Gunther series. I have read all of them and the detail Philip Kerr packs in is amazing! However, this, in my opinion, is not his best but still a very good read. Jeff Harding throughout the series (bar one which someone else narrated) has been a worthy choice and somehow captures the atmosphere of the Nazi times.
This book is formulaic but no worse for that, it is typical of Kerr’s style. I shall miss Bernie Gunther and his creator, the late Philip Kerr R.I.P.

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  • M C Jallal
  • 08-01-19

Ties up the loose ends in the series.

a great range of voices made my commute fly by. this books reveals the formation of the character of the "last decent man in Germany".

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  • C K Hewson
  • 07-26-19

Awful. I gave up at Chapter 7.

The main character is German but has an American accent, which is confusing. The other characters had a passable German accent I would say, but the male and female characters all sound the same. The story is thin - up to chapter 7 at least. I couldn't stand it any more and gave up.

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  • borodude
  • 07-15-19

So long Philip and Bernie. Thanks for the great stories, laughs and memories.

A great way to bow out and while not a conclusion or continuing on the linear path, it was a fine story and setting to end.

I was fortunate enough to find this stories almost from the beginning, and then supplemented by Audible and Jeff Harding’s excellent narration.

I’d heard a while ago that there was talk of Tom Hanks being involved in a movie or tv series.

We can only hope.

Tchuss, Bernie and Philip.

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  • Virginia Slim
  • 05-25-19

Atmospheric

As well as a good story and convincing characters, the atmosphere of Weimar Berlin is brought to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-19

A good view of pre-war Berlin

The history of this period is very interesting. The story-line a bit lightweight for my personal taste but was very well narrated.

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  • Bascot
  • 05-16-19

Superb performance, atmospheric story<br />

Another winner from Philip Kerr and the peerless Jeff Harding. Berlin at the time of the Weimar Republic and just as the Nazis are about to rise to power, and a shrewd, witty and humane if hard-bitten detective wonderfully brought to life by Jeff Harding.

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  • Torsten
  • 07-09-19

Reading is a travesty

I couldn’t make it through this book. The reading is a travesty. Jeff Harding is very American. I could live with that, but he makes Bernie Gunther sound like your average 50’s Chicago Noir detective. He is unable to pronounce any German names and the dramatization takes the prize. They all sound like Schwarzenegger in his earliest films. Who thought that was a good idea?

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  • Clive Byerley
  • 07-20-19

There has to be one!

This is the only disappointing book in this whole series. As always a magisterial performance by Harding but the story has a weak plot and a distinct by-the-book plot as if to meet publisher’s deadlines. Try any of the others - even better read them in chronological order!

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  • Rowena Ritchie
  • 06-26-19

An American in Germany

This book is set between the wars in Germany but the main character has a really sleezy American accent. It spoils the whole experience