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March Violets Audiobook

March Violets

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Publisher's Summary

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 the Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir listening at its best and blackest.

©2008 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"The brutality and corruption of Nazi Germany serve as the backdrop for this impressive debut mystery novel. Scottish-born Kerr re-creates the period accurately and with verve; the novel reeks of the sordid decade that saw Hitler's rise to power." (Publishers Weekly)
"Echoes of Raymond Chandler, but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." (Evening Standard, London)

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    Kismet 09-02-13
    Kismet 09-02-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Very disappointing"

    I was eager to find a series which told suspenseful stories beautifully written about compelling characters in an historically accurate way. I love the work of Eric Ambler, and also enjoy Alan Furst, who in my mind is less consistently good. Philip Kerr's work came as a huge disappointment in every respect. The characters are so unlikeable I found it hard to care what happened in the story. The historical atmosphere created here is very thin; the language is vulgar, the story contrived. Ambler or Furst, this is not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gardengirl 01-04-16
    Gardengirl 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Metaphors abounding"
    What disappointed you about March Violets?

    This writer can't seem to get through a sentence without at least one metaphor; usually more. It makes for impossible reading/listening. I gave up.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-27-13
    John 02-27-13
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    "Just another detective story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because it was too mundane. Had all the same characteristics of any common detective story. No unique features.


    What could Philip Kerr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given a little more life to the constraints of living in Nazi Germany, similarly to the way life in Soviet Russia was treated in Child 44.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Just OK


    Do you think March Violets needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but there undoubtedly be one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Minimax 03-05-12
    Minimax 03-05-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Doesn't anyone here speak German?"

    A good noir crime novel that pays tribute to the Hammett and Chandler tradition. However, it fails to convey a real sense of place and the narrator mispronounces German place names so badly that they are often almost unrecognizable which, of course, makes the characters speaking them unbelievable. John Lee does a very good job otherwise; couldn't he have been coached a little on this?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Churchill arlington, va, usa 11-04-12
    Churchill arlington, va, usa 11-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator not right for this book"

    I am a fan of all of the Phillip Kerr books but the narration of this book was wrong. Bernie Gunthere is a tough Berlin cop, now private investigator, navigating his way through an increasing dangerous and insane Nazi environment. The narrator gives Bernie an english accent which makes him sound like a Duke or Earl and not the gritty character we have come to know. The story is great but I could not get to the reality of the story because of the wrong notes of the narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel McAfee Texas USA 05-10-13
    Daniel McAfee Texas USA 05-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the Genre, Overall Good, Story a little flat"

    I love books in the detective novel genre, and really enjoy stories written about the WWII era. This one takes place in pre-WWII Nazi Germany and introduces the protagonist Bernie Gunther as an Ex Cop, "Good Guy" detective.

    Overall the story is a little flat and predictable, but the fictional tale around actual historical characters is interesting from a lot of angles. I like the author's writing style and his candid depiction of the real life brutality and violence that existed in 1936 Berlin, and I do look forward to continuing the series.

    The narrator John Lee is one of the best in the business and is terrific in this one!

    Overall Recommended, especially if you like the genre and stories about this era.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan Berger 07-30-10
    Ivan Berger 07-30-10
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    "Kept me from dozing off in bed"

    Enjoy listening to audible books just before going to bed. This one kept me up until wee hours of night. Really exiting and great understanding of Nazi Germany in 1930s. Will certainly buy the remaining 3 books.
    Ivan

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    gbcrockett 07-23-17
    gbcrockett 07-23-17
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    "The past in more ways than one"
    Any additional comments?

    The private eye in Hitler's Germany is a great idea, and in some ways it's executed well. I didn't find the dialog particularly convincing, though, and was put off by the book's attitude toward women.

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    GJB 07-19-17
    GJB 07-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "fiction for trump era"

    punchy pulp prose "his jaw slacked like a douchebag", sprawling true detective trope takes you to the beating heart of post weimar hegemony. entertaining and insightful ... standard phillip kerr :)

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    Tim 07-13-17
    Tim 07-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Not terrible, but overrated. Gave up halfway."

    This book is not terrible, but it is overrated. I'm about halfway through the book and I will soon stop reading due to boredom. I just cannot care about any of the characters. The plot is complicated (so far) and I can't be bothered to notice where the story is going.

    The story is not convincing or engaging. It's hard to care about the murders under investigation in the context of 1930s Germany, when so many people are experiencing brutal repression. Really -- our hero is trying to locate stolen jewels? For money? In this context? Why? What does our fictional hero plan to do with the money, after he solves the case? Just hang around in Berlin?

    John Lee has a very pleasant voice, but he has a terrible, habit of sometimes, inserting random, pauses, into the, sentence, where you wouldn't, expect, any pauses. After a while, it starts to get, on your, nerves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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