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A Quiet Flame Audiobook

A Quiet Flame

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Publisher's Summary

Posing as an escaping Nazi war criminal, Bernie Gunther, Berlin's hardest-boiled private eye, arrives in Buenos Aires. When he reveals his real identity to the local chief of police, he discovers that his reputation as a detective goes before him.

A young girl has been murdered in peculiarly gruesome circumstances that strongly resemble Bernie's final case as a homicide detective. Circumstances lead the chief of police to suppose that the murderer may be one of several thousand ex-Nazis who have fetched up in Argentina since 1945.

Reluctantly, Gunther agrees to help find the murderer, and discovers much more than he, or they, bargained for.

©2008 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"I love Bernie Gunther. If he was an accountant in Pinner and not an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator mixed up in the dangerous Nazi subculture of 1930s Berlin, falling foul of the Gestapo, being driven to secret meetings with Goering, I'd probably still love him." (Sue Arnold, Guardian)
"Kerr is an unlikely genius." (Daily Mirror)
"Kerr brilliantly evokes the edgy atmosphere of the post-war period." (Sunday Times)

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    chris London, United Kingdom 18/03/2009
    chris London, United Kingdom 18/03/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great Bernie Gunther thriller"

    A Quiet Flame is skilfully done - weaving 1950's Buenos Aires with an unsolved murder from Berlin in 1932 almost seamlessly.

    What appears to be a simple case turns out to be anything but; twist is piled upon twist, and Gunther unwraps layer after layer until the final shocking revelation is revealed.

    And at the heart of the story once again is Bernie Gunther - this time under a new guise and living in South America - but up against old adversaries and uncovering murky secrets from the past. Once again, this is peopled with real personalities - Juan and Evita Peron, Adolf Eichmann, Joseph Mengele etc. - and blends fiction with conjecture based upon historical fact. Kerr breaths life convincingly into his characters and settings - and the history is seriously well done.
    Brilliant narration again by Jeff Harding.
    Note that this is the 5th in the series and should be listened to after the preceding four.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John L. 21/11/2016
    John L. 21/11/2016 Member Since 2015

    Audible stories make me smile on the rainy days when I walk the dog, peal the veg, or am faced with a long lonely car drive.

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    "Time to give it a rest"
    Would you try another book written by Philip Kerr or narrated by Jeff Harding?

    This is about the 6th Bernie Gunter book I have read - this one tries too hard!


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

    Simple ending - could have been more powerful


    What three words best describe Jeff Harding’s voice?

    Every sentence is a sneer,


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

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Tries to hard to be a Humphrey Bogart - should lighten up a little

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    Amazon Customer 29/06/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "One terrible mistske"

    One really, really terrible piece of editing. Narrator fluffs his lines completely has been left in.

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    S. Murdoch 27/08/2015
    S. Murdoch 27/08/2015

    fraggle rock

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    "Great story telling and narration"

    Great story telling and narration

    Love the series, makes me consider that period of history. The narration is second to none.

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    Nana 29/04/2014
    Nana 29/04/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Bernie Goes to Argentina"

    Got a little lost from time to time in the swopping back between Berlin and Argentina. A good read and Bernie is still is an interesting tale to follow.

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    Rogayah 26/07/2009
    Rogayah 26/07/2009

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "A very PC man"

    This story starts in Argentina after WW2 when Perron and his wife Eva are in power and welcome Nazis fleeing prosecution by the Allies in Europe. Our hero is found not to be a Nazi war criminal but a former Berlin dectective from the Weimar Republic who hates Nazis. The story moves back to decadent Weimar Berlin as well as Argentina in the 1950s.

    The detective's sarcastic comments to his Nazi sergeant and the Brown Shirts his meets investigating a series of horrible murders became so irritating that I did not listen any more. Could a man be so righteous and so uncaring about his career to be so stupid as well a supposed brilliant detective? It did not seem credible.

    Sadly it seems the man protest too much; that continuous level of scarcasm kept the story at an unacceptable level of invective that I lost interest. I felt the author was trying to make sure the reader understood that he did not side with the nazis. It was a pity that he could not make the protagonist a little more human instead.

    Although the story had some interesting points about Weimar Germany and the Perronist Argentina, I felt that the narrator's US accent made it seem that this was an American's point of view - why could he not have a German accent? It seems odd and it skewed the story's narrative.

    Disappointing.

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    Rob LondonUnited Kingdom 24/03/2009
    Rob LondonUnited Kingdom 24/03/2009
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    "Just gets better"

    Philip Kerr's German gumshoe series gets even better as his hero ages. The subject matter is as dark as always, but the style is sharper and the wit sharper still. Superbly read, as ever, by Jeff Harding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    16/05/16
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    "Excellent Evocation of Peron's Argentina. Gunther rides again!"

    The brilliant interpretation we have come to expect; flawless characterisation and fluid and fluent reading. Gunther stumbles on to the truth with chaos and danger all around him. A welcome change of scene with fascist Argentina and the many Nazi war criminals in hiding there. Vintage Kerr and brilliant Jeff Harding!

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