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Publisher's Summary

Miranda Brand is visiting Germany for what is supposed to be a month's vacation. But from the moment that Brigadier Brindley relates the story about a fortune in lost diamonds - a story in which Miranda herself figures in an unusual way - the vacation atmosphere becomes transformed into something more ominous. And when murder strikes on the night train to Berlin, Miranda finds herself unwillingly involved in a complex chain of events that will soon throw her own life into peril. Set against a background of war-scarred Berlin in the early 1950s, Death in Berlin is a consummate mystery from one of the finest storytellers of our time.

©1955, 1983 M.M. Kaye (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Why these narrators

Why oh why have American actors been employed to read M M Kaye's quintessentially English books. Yes they are all set overseas, but the heroines are all Brits or raised there yet for some reason the publisher has chosen to allow the bastardisation of their accents. It's a travesty of what they could have been and of what the original recordings were. I would have bought this whole set and the two great Indian sagas, but for most of them I can't even get through the sample without cringing. My advice - if you ever heard the old recordings by Virginia McKenna don't even try these - it's traumatising!

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 10-04-16

Good Old Fashioned Mystery

An interesting complex story ...very enjoyable. I had read most of MM Kaye books many years ago. But This is the first one I listened to. The narrator was very good. The writing style is one that depends on character development and plot rather than the modern novels use of graphic language and unnecessary sexual entanglements to advance a weak plot.
Well worth my credit.

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Good story

What made the experience of listening to Death in Berlin the most enjoyable?

the story itself made it enjoyable. The reader was infinitely better than the reader of A Death In Kashmir.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroine of course

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader was good,but I'm still looking for that cultured British accent

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The dramatic ending in the old house

Any additional comments?

that is all

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Judith
  • 12-28-13

Poor narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No- the narration spoiled it for me.

How could the performance have been better?

I do not understand why it was felt necessary to have an American narrating when the characters were, in the main, British. Her pronounciation was poor and her attempts at a British accent ludicrous. I persevered until the end of the book but will not buy another audio book of M M Kaye's novels, I will just stick to the written word in future- which I know I will enjoy!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Louize
  • 10-17-13

Totally the wrong reader

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

The right accented reader

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Udall?

Any English actor with the correct 1950's accent

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Fury at a very good period book being ruined by an awful American accent

Any additional comments?

Read the book before choosing the narrator

2 of 2 people found this review helpful