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Prussian Blue

Bernie Gunther, Book 12
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Bernie Gunther, Book 12
Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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It's 1956 and Bernie Gunther is on the run. Ordered by Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, to murder Bernie's former lover by thallium poisoning, he finds his conscience is stronger than his desire not to be murdered in turn.

Now he must stay one step ahead of Mielke's retribution. The man Mielke has sent to hunt him is an ex-Kripo colleague, and as Bernie pushes towards Germany he recalls their last case together, finding that there is some unfinished business awaiting him in Germany....

©2017 By Thynker, Ltd. (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A brilliantly twisting tale of espionage and betrayal." ( Sunday Times)
"Kerr's novels are modern classics." (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

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Cat lover Gunther survives again

What did you love best about Prussian Blue?

Plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bernie of course

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

Yes I have and I like him a great deal, almost as much as George Guidall

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just a superb story

Any additional comments?

More please.

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  • James
  • 06-26-17

Either back on form - or better than ever

I love Bernie Gunther, but it's been a bumpy ride - not bad, but maybe and naturally/rightly veering about a bit in style across the books in this pretty long series.
Prussian Blue felt like a return to how I remember the first few books - felt like Philip Kerr had got his teeth into researching an interesting bit of history, and had then dropped in Bernie to stubbornly Chandler his way through it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-17

Another outstanding piece of work from Philip KERR

Kerr again adeptly develops two compelling plots full of punchy and witty dialogue and several twists. He again demonstrates his undoubted detailed knowledge of extremely troubled times in Europe and expertly blends reality with fiction to the extent it can be difficult to differentiate between the two.

Another Bernie triumph and roll on the next episode.

Congratulations, Philip, and thank you!

David Guild

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  • Creeda
  • 08-08-17

Bernie Gunther - pub bore!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - for the story. No for the discursive rants about Nazis - we all know how ghastly they were....

What other book might you compare Prussian Blue to, and why?

Can't think of any off-hand. Technically very accomplished. A lot of research has obviously been done (but appears quite natural).

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - excellent

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

Certainly

Any additional comments?

I have read most of the Bernie Gunther series. The stories are always excellent and he seems a most pleasant fellow. However, if I were to read this on paper I could skip all (or most of) the predictable wise-cracks about the horrors of Nazism (a bit like the Latin prayers in Ulysses!). We all know how awful they were. I have read history and Primo Levi. If we don't know by now, no one can tell us!

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  • Stephen Timms
  • 07-29-19

Towser T

I am nearing the end of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series. This one is as brilliantly narrated by Jeff Harding who has been the voice of most of them. If you like this period of history, crime novels, thrillers and brilliant research then this is for you.

I never tire in being amazed at the detail to which the author takes us and the way he mixes fact with fiction to the extent that you do not know which is which by the end of the book. There is a sameness in content and style as the previous ones but only when Beethoven symphonies have a similarity in pitch and recognition. Highly recommended!

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  • Mark
  • 05-03-19

Sehr Gut!

This is a solid, if longish, outing for wise - cracking, anti - Nazi, ex Berlin Kripo cop Bernie Gunter as he investigates a murder on Hitler's mountain retreat. Set over two timelines it has all the ingredients we need to satisfy and with only two Bernie novels to go it is one to savour.

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  • C Martin
  • 04-07-19

German Detective or US Gumshoe?

Gunther was narrated as a American 'private dick', and to be fair to the narrator, some of the dialog certainly lent itself to this - the wisecracks like a parody of the genre. And with an American accent to boot.

Other than this the story was good, but the pulp fiction PI stuff was jarring and repeatedly broke immersion.

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  • m p zwager
  • 01-19-19

Bernie is as good as ever

I really enjoyed Prussian Blue, I'm a big fan of all the Bernie Gunther books, this is first audio book I've listed to and it was excellent! The reader (who is the voice of Bernie) was spot on, I look forward to reading or listening to the next installment.

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  • Brian
  • 11-08-18

Two stories in one

what I like about Philip Kerrrs novels is the accuracy of his historical research. This story is a tale in two parts. The first is set in 1956and picks up the tail of Bernie Gunter from where the previous novel finished. The story then switched to the backstory based in the Berchtesgaden, where the character of Matin Boreman is introduced. The switching from one plot to another. was about annoying at times, and while Jeff Harding makes a great Bernie Gunter, the way he portrays the Nazis, in a low hissing way becomes irritating, and at times hard to hear. overall not the best in the series, but a good yarn all the same.

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  • Bernard
  • 08-06-18

Accent or writing ?

Which was most off putting? The narrators strong American accent for the main (German) character or the school boy prose? I will never know...

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  • B. Lawrenson
  • 07-15-18

Not one of the best I have listened too

Bernie’s wit and anti Nazi stance comes through well, but I do feel the book could have been shorter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful