Now the war is over and Gunther is in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendour, he traces sprials of depravity that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo.
Gripping, frightening, and pungently atmospheric, A German Requiem demonstrates Philip Kerr's power to take his readers hostage.
©2000 Philip Kerr; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
Another excellent thriller set in post WW2 Berlin. It is read and performed very well.
Having listened to A German Requiem (and thoroughly enjoying it) I couldn't help noting Mr Kerr's homage to Chandler et al (bits of McBain, Elroy as well) being fully displayed in the way the novel worked as I listened to it. Also there was a feel of The Third Man (as well as getting a plug in the actual story) and I loved the way his first person structure depicted the desperate immediate post-war atmosphere of the defeated Germany and Austria through the eyes of Gunter. In the end I was rooting for this poor battered hero as he triumphed over his adversaries while at the same time achieving an almost cathartic closure to his past indiscretions. I wonder if there is (or will be) a sequel to this very accomplished novel. There should be.
I am a women and native German speaker. What really bugs me is a man trying to read with a women voice - sorry but it really doesn?t work and prouncing the German names and pleaces that they don't make any sense at all. Terrible.
But, and this is a big but, apart of this the reader is good and I really liked the story. Please, and I adress this to all male reader, do not try to imitate womens voices - it just doesn't work.
Set in a postwar Vienna occupied by the 4 powers, Bernie is caught up between the Russians, the Americans, the Germans and the vagiaries of the Viennese. No-one is quite what they seem and no-one can be trusted. Great narration and plenty of interesting historical detail, not to mention the usual twists and turns in the plot. Even a nod to The Third Man as a "British film" is being made amongst the ruins. Great stuff.
This could have been a good listen but for the fact that the narrator who was supposed to be German had an American accnet which reminds one of the Micky Spillane radio series. Yet the narrator showed that he was quite capable of sounding like German accented English. This spoiled it for me.
Kerr transposes the classic Noir gumshoe to Nazi Germany adeptly. Superbly read, as usual, by Jeff Harding.
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