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Prussian Blue Audiobook

Prussian Blue

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Philip Kerr, the much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer. With his cover blown, he is waiting for the next move in the cat-and-mouse game that, even a decade after Germany's defeat, continues to shadow his life.

The French Riviera, 1956: The invitation to dinner was not unexpected, though neither was it welcome. Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, has turned up in Nice, and he's not on holiday. An old and dangerous adversary, Mielke is calling in a debt. He intends that Bernie go to London and, with the vial of Thallium he now pushes across the table, poison a female agent they both have had dealings with.

But chance intervenes in the form of Friedrich Korsch, an old Kripo comrade now working for Stasi and probably there to make sure Bernie gets the job done. Bernie bolts for the German border. Traveling by night, holed up during the day, Bernie has plenty of downtime to recall the last time Korsch and he worked together.

The summer of 1939: At Hitler's mountaintop retreat in Obersalzberg, the body of a low-level bureaucrat has been found murdered. Bernie and Korsch are selected to run the case. They have one week to solve the murder - Hitler is due back then to celebrate his 50th birthday. Lucky Bernie: It's his reward for being Kripo's best homicide detective. He knows what a box he's in - millions have been spent to secure Obersalzberg. It would be a disaster if Hitler were to discover a shocking murder had been committed on the terrace of his own home. But the mountaintop is home to an elite Nazi community. It would be an even bigger disaster for Bernie if one of them was the murderer.

Two different eras: 1939 and 1956, 17 years apart. And yet not really apart, as the stunning climax will show when the two converge explosively.

©2017 Philip Kerr (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    DobieChuck Colorado 04-08-17
    DobieChuck Colorado 04-08-17 Member Since 2017

    Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule

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    "Bernie in the Brambles"

    More great adventures of Bernie the sarcastically cynical broken hero... Fascinating snapshot of a historical context, and delightful weaving of historical characters into the fabulous fiction... These books don't have to be read in order, you can appreciate the uniqueness of Bernie regardless of which book you pick up first... Murder, conspiracy, Nazis, Commies, twists and turns, and the inevitable near death experiences Bernie always finds himself somehow enduring and surviving... Witty and depressing simultaneously that's Bernie the Bull... Flows smoothly w/ the historical back and forth, and the narration is excellent... Fair warning, there is no such thing as a happy ending in a Bernie Gunther story, only varying degrees of survival...

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    Nick B. 04-24-17
    Nick B. 04-24-17
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    "Bernie Would Have Won"

    John Lee took some time hitting his stride in this one. Does he do Kerr's books about the English football club? I miss the idiosyncratic noir slang of the series opener, but plot and setting are solid here. My personal favorite of this series is the one with the Cuban Casino.

    I love these books. If you are interested, I strongly recommend beginning at the beginning. This particular story might not grip a new listener, but the momentum of the series is far from spent. While not knocked over by this installment, I was excited to get it and will be excited for the next one.

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    Alexandra 05-18-17
    Alexandra 05-18-17
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    "One of the best Bernie hunter series!"

    I really enjoy the Bernie Gunter series, and this one is the best i have read to date. Excellent storyline, great narration by John Lee. In addition to good suspense, the character are well developed, and Bernie with his sharp Berliner humor has me laughing, at the same time this does not detract from the great depiction of Germany pre and pst Ww 2. Very absorbing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Viv and Mike 05-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "over-the-top narration became tedious"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    it was satisfactory; I don't expect fairy-tale endings


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    not sure. I usually like John Lee but found his over-exaggerated archness tedious here


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    depends on the cast


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 04-17-17
    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 04-17-17 Member Since 2016

    In Anchorage AK since 2007. Found audio books in 1996. I remember the huge boxes of cassettes in the mail! Sometimes w/a faulty cassette!

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    "Parallel Histories"

    The trio of author, protagonist and narrator bring 2 completely separate plots together seamlessly as Bernie, again, miraculously survives certain death so that we can observe not just history, but it's aftermath. The author's ability to make Bernie almost superhuman, in a believable way, helps us to glimpse how one righteous man might make a difference in a world where man's inhumanity to man is front page news, when the righteous go unnoticed. But they do go on...creating some light in the darkness.

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    CJFLA 07-04-17
    CJFLA 07-04-17
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    "Another great book by Philip Kerr"
    What did you love best about Prussian Blue?

    Excellent story filled with interesting characters and all kinds of twists and turns. Philp Kerr books read by John Lee are always a must listen.


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    Forrest Tancer Elk Ca 95432 06-30-17
    Forrest Tancer Elk Ca 95432 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "You need to have read the other novels to appreciate"

    Without having read the other novels in the series a reader would be lost. This is deep and introspective. The Nazi's were a truly evil lot and Kerr portrays them perfectly. Just wish Bernie would get a break

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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-20-17
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-20-17 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Bernie Gunther is losing his mojo...."

    Bernie Gunther has been an interesting character to follow and I don't blame Kerr for continuing to sell him, but the stories are much less compelling than they were and show some fatigue. Like in the past books Bernie's investigations are linked with important historical fact and historical characters of the third Reich. However the plots are convoluted and are developed on parallel stories (the current events in 1956 with Gunther escaping from his past and some pre-WW investigations on crimes committed by the rotten nazi officers.This back and forward does not help to keep momentum and focus. The dialogues are too long and John Lee adds some unnecessary rhetoric...

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    tracy 05-03-17
    tracy 05-03-17
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    it would have been ever so much better if the last hour and a half were included!


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    Steve Winnett 04-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Bernie Gunther Scores Again"

    Philip Kerr successfully intertwines two narrative streams from 1939 and 1956 to please this fan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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