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Publisher's Summary

You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed by the enemy - or your own people. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met while you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany. Next, you make contact with a beautiful girl who may know something. Someone tries to kill both of you.

Your name is Quiller. You are the hero of an extraordinary novel that shows how a spy works, how messages are coded and decoded, how contacts are made, how a man reacts under the influence of truth drugs, and that traces the story of a vastly complex, entertaining, convincing, and sinister plot.

©1965 Jonquil Trevor; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Winner, 1966 Edgar Award for Mystery Fiction

"You can't go wrong with Quiller." (Harper's)
"Tense, intelligent, harsh, surprising." (New York Times)
"A model of breathless excitement." (New Yorker)

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An entertaining thriller

This is a well-read, well-written thriller that holds up to repeated listens. It is a classic of post-war espionage, full of twists and turns.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Lexington, KY, United States
  • 12-31-12

It starts off pretty strong, but...

I enjoyed roughly the first half of The Quiller Memorandum immensely. It's set in Berlin during the mid 1960s, a setting ripe with intrigue, and it gets off to a fast start. But about half way through the story, an element of overdone psychoanalysis intrudes on the narrative and it just goes on and on until you begin to wonder which word applies best, tiresome or wearisome. (I say wearisome is worse than tiresome, and thus is the better choice.)

The performance by Simon Prebble is top notch.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Fiction

Would you listen to The Quiller Memorandum again? Why?

Yes. Mostly because the story is so good but also because the performance is near perfect. The narrarator did an absolutely splendid job bringing this story to life. I don't think this would have been as good an experience without the narrarator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main, character, of course. Everyone else is a bad guy.

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

This is my first time listening to Mr. Pebble. I would absolutely listen to him again. He is fantastic.

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


Any additional comments?

Very entertaining story. Marvelous performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Story stops with an interesting premise

The idea of a post WWII Germany and hunting for evil Nazi's had potential. The book however realized none of it as it rambles through a self reflective narrative that neither tells a story nor develops any characters.

90% of the time the story deals with what the main character is thinking. It never seems to develop into a plot to follow nor enjoy.

This easily is my least favorite Audible download in 3 years. Maybe if you have enjoyed other of this authors books you may enjoy it, but I found it uncompelling and tedious.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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

Seems like it was trying to be literary, so lots of stream of consciousness and Freudian. Seemed like dreck.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Classic Spy Novel from the 1960s

A very good read/listen. Reminds me of Len Deighton's work from the same time period.

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A good thriller with a lot of spy craft

This is a story about a hunter of Nazi war criminal's. I am not sure when it takes place maybe the 1990s and there is a rise of neo-Nazis in Germany and still lots of war criminals on the loose. It begins very thrilling and quite exciting but towards the end, There is an awful lot of spy craft and details about what the hero is thinking and it drags and gets a bit boring.

If you are interested in the details of spy craft then you would really enjoy this book.

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tired plot`

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

no- it never got off the ground....I never developed an affinity for the character. really didn't buy into it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Hall? Why or why not?


What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Simon Prebble is a superb narrator. This book is no exception

Was The Quiller Memorandum worth the listening time?

no- This is too old and pass'e

Any additional comments?

Only wish I'd returned it in time for a refund.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Come on! Another Nazi thriller?

What disappointed you about The Quiller Memorandum?

How many Nazi conspiracy theories and stories can you write after 60 years? I can't seem to get past the concept that every Nazi that was alive is now dead or really old. Writing a new story about a very old concept just doesn't make it even in a spy thriller.

Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Narrator does fine as he always does. Unfortunately the story just doesn't carry me past five minutes of listening.

What character would you cut from The Quiller Memorandum?

Are antihero or hero or whatever he is just doesn't seem to cut it. His character is pretty soft.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend that you not waste your time or your money on this story

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator.

I could not stand to listen to the book. The narrator was terrible he ruined the book for me and wasted my money. The book is good it is a four star book but the narrator subtracts three stars. Great job Simon.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful