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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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    Troll Father North Falmouth, MA USA 12-27-16
    Troll Father North Falmouth, MA USA 12-27-16 Member Since 2011

    Love a good read/listen!

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    "Listen Hear, Gunther"
    Would you listen to March Violets again? Why?

    Yes; I'm a Kerr/Gunther nut...read them all and am now working through the audio books in order. I will probably reread March Violets and then listen to it again. John Lee just nails the flavor of Gunther and his view of Germany under a rising star:Hitler.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bernie Gunter because he reminds us that no one is a saint, but we all can have moments when we stand our ground.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to some later Kerr/Gunteher readings by John Lee. His performance is consistently brilliant but this book brings out his best.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I gotcha ya Sieg Heil right here!


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    Linda Hanson Alameda, CA United States 12-24-16
    Linda Hanson Alameda, CA United States 12-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling Story I"

    Grimly colorful. Detailed. Narration is good when speaking a male voice but John Lee makes the women sound as if they are auditioning to play the lead in a Dracula film - not seductive - just creepy & false.

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    Christine 08-01-16
    Christine 08-01-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Waste of time"

    This book had no mystery, character development or plot. I was very disappointed. I expected a noir detective novel.

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    glennbg 07-27-16
    glennbg 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, perfect narration"
    What made the experience of listening to March Violets the most enjoyable?

    Expands my imagination into pre-WWII germany


    What other book might you compare March Violets to and why?

    new to the genre so I don't know of any


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    the different voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    would have liked to but it's lot of book. Concepts take time to digest


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    Kelly 07-05-16
    Kelly 07-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible ending...ugh! The performance was good."

    The story was great until the end and then the ending was very unsatisfying! The narrator and his performance were very good.

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    Newport,RI 06-05-16
    Newport,RI 06-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Cliche heaped upon cliche"

    The last hour is the only bit worth listening to..the rest was pure annoyance.

    We like John Lee - sorry John you were forced to read this.

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    Robyn 05-13-16
    Robyn 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Listen"
    Would you listen to March Violets again? Why?

    I would listen again to a good story, which this is. Nice twists and compelling characters


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Nicely done if just a bit short on the side of differentiating each character's voice. Not sure why all the accents are British when the characters are German though.......sort of loses something there.


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    Tom 04-18-16
    Tom 04-18-16
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    "good book but"

    I hesitated before ordering this book since it deals with a German detective in the 1930s. But, he is not a Nazi and the Nazi political background to the book shows its horrid nature. Now, as a detective story it is a good book, well written and narrated. My only problem with the book is the dialog. While cursing typically doesn't offend me, I grew tired of the crass language and imagery. The detective has the hard edge attitude one often finds in such characters (one finds it all too often for my taste). He and many of those he meets are too macho, too much the tough guy who is disgruntled with life. The one's who aren't Nazi's ought to be far more than disgruntled and some are, but that's not my gripe.

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    Anonymous! 03-27-16
    Anonymous! 03-27-16
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    "A different look at War 2..."

    ...in Germany. The protagonist is not a Nazi, so don't get your knickers in a twist. Rather well-crafted story. John Lee's narration is wonderful as usual.

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    Alexandra 03-19-16
    Alexandra 03-19-16
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    "Excellent narration, v interesting story"

    Really enjoyed this Book refreshing story instead of formulaic crime story. The prose is several cuts above the usual suspense novels and the narrator is perfect for this story line

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