March Violets Audiobook | Philip Kerr | Audible.co.uk
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
March Violets | [Philip Kerr]
Play March Violets

March Violets

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and he is sucked further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. The year is 1936 and Berlin is preparing for the Olympic Games. Some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realise that they should have left while they could, and Bernie himself has been hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party.
Regular Price:£13.29
  • Membership Details:
    • 1 book of your choice per month
    • £3.99 for the first three months and £7.99/month thereafter
    • Membership continues unless you choose to cancel
    • Exchange books you don't like
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and is sucked further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

The year is 1936 and Berlin is preparing for the Olympic Games. Some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realise that they should have left while they could, and Bernie himself has been hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party.

Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir writing at its best and blackest.

©1989 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A brilliantly innovative thriller-writer." (Salman Rushdie)
"Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." (Evening Standard)
"Taut, brutal, coarse, believable and gripping stuff." (Sunday Telegraph)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (70 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (23)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.4 (12 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.2 (12 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    chris London, United Kingdom 19/01/2009
    chris London, United Kingdom 19/01/2009 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    220
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    448
    61
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    23
    0
    Overall
    "Traditional detective idioms in an unusual setting"

    Berlin at the time of the 1936 Olympics, the growing threat of Nazism and a cynical detective investigating a double murder. The main protagonist is narrated with a Philip Marlow-esque American accent, with all the other characters having German accents - a conceit I got to enjoy. A great detective story, enhanced with the historically interesting setting. This is the first in a series, that I'm happily working my way through. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nick Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom 11/10/2009
    Nick Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom 11/10/2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Book, Unconvincing Narration"

    A superb and well researched detective thriller set in pre-war Germany. The narrator's American accent is totally implausible, however, and ruins an otherwise excellent story. Take a tip from me. If you like Philip Kerr, do yourself a favour and read the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Torsten Champagne, Switzerland 12/04/2012
    Torsten Champagne, Switzerland 12/04/2012 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Entertaining book - grating reading"

    My first Philip Kerr read/listen. I enjoyed the historical setting, which seems well researched. A book very much in the Philip Marlowe mould, with the cynical private eye as the main character, who has a heart of gold hidden beneath his hat and trenchcoat.

    Unfortunately the reading was quite grating. Jeff Harding dramatises the reading. Not my favourite approach, but not my primary point of contention. Jeff Harding is obviously American and gives his own voice to Bernhard Gunther (our private eye), but everyone else for some reason gets a fake german accent in the style of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The effect is unfortunately unintentionally comic and I had to try my best to abstract from their voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Samantha Brunswick West, Australia 22/09/2009
    Samantha Brunswick West, Australia 22/09/2009 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    63
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "First in a series of excellent books"

    I stumbled upon this book by chance ( its the first in a very good series . If you like well plotted, gritty and often grisly detective fiction you will love this. I was unsure at first, but was quickly drawn in, although I did have to pay close attention at first, to get used to the german names and places. Bernie Gunther, our hero, is a cynical, hardbitten survivor, but also a man of honour and compassion, with an ey for a pretty girl.The setting provides a very different backdrop to the usual fodder, and is rich in historical detail. Jeff Harding's narration is as ever simply outstanding, and Philip Kerr series of Bernie Gunther novels just get better and better, I am now on #4. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gunnar Portugal 17/12/2013
    Gunnar Portugal 17/12/2013 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hollywood in Berlin"

    The story is set in Berlin in 1936, in a Germany on its way into a totalitarian state. Our hero is Bernie Gunther, a figure that resembles Philip Marlowe and makes you think of a dark Hollywood film.

    Gripping character and very interesting milieu. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    pedersen.nyegaard@wanadoo.dk Århus, Denmark 23/06/2013
    pedersen.nyegaard@wanadoo.dk Århus, Denmark 23/06/2013 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Berlin or Brooklyn?"

    A fine private eye story in the tradition of Raymond Chandler (& Len Deighton) - though Kerr tends to overdo the wisecracks - the mixture of crime fiction and historical background works fine. Only drawback: Jeff Harding is badly in need of a German lesson - he can't pronounce the most simple street names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bridie Victoria, Australia 23/12/2012
    Bridie Victoria, Australia 23/12/2012 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    82
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Hail Gunther"

    I liked Hardings narration of other books I've listened to but I did hear the slight resemblance to Arnold Schwarzenegger that another reviewer referred to but after a few minutes it ceased to be apparent.

    The readers enthusiasm with his work made any quibbles with his accents and pronunciation unimportant; I don't speak German so that may have helped.



    The story, setting and general vibe of the nasty Nazi's and their spineless minions (and victims) forcing their way through the life and culture of a society like a cancerous growth was very well portrayed.

    There are some great lines (referring to the obligatory nazi salute at ubiquitous Berlin parades as "getting a little arm exercise") and humorous asides throughout so even though there is a lot of gruesome ignominy (horrible rape scene, torture) it is lightened by the cynical humour of the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Neil Newport, Australia 08/07/2010
    Neil Newport, Australia 08/07/2010 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Interesting, a bit ponderous. Great period detail"

    A good and very interesting story, prinicipally for the period detail of Germany in 1936. The American accent of Gunther would have been more acceptable had the other excellent voices not been in strongly accented German. The reader is ok though. Whether the Marlowesque dialogue would have been so effective in German accent is something I can't answer.

    Story is a bit ponderous and over-written - constant detailed descriptions of walking across the room, opening a door, openings of letters tended to slow the story down.

    Kerr also likes you to know how much research he has done - and it's a lot. Good for it's exploration of pre-war Germany under the Nazis, bad in the exposition of hundreds of locations irrelevant to keeping the story moving.

    Quite witty and sharp at times but it definitely ain't classic Chandler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Graeme Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom 20/04/2008
    Graeme Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom 20/04/2008 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    44
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "The German Philip Marlowe"

    The template, created by Raymond Chandler, of a laconic, world-weary, former policeman turned P.I. works surprisingly well in a pre-war Berlin setting. The narration, by Jeff Harding, is excellent, with said P.I. Bernie Gunther given an American accent (the other characters having German ones) to underline his Marlowesque credentials. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-9 of 9 results
Sort by:
  • Margaret
    Switzerland
    20/04/11
    Overall
    "Missed the mark"

    An interesting premise, and a book that ought to have appealed. But, why does the main character have an American voice? At first, I thought there would be some explanation -- the hero is some sort of Rick figure who got stranded in Germany in the war, or maybe he had an American parent from whom he learned English -- but no, the story makes clear he spent his life in Germany with German parents. Not sure which is more insulting: the idea that a good person wouldn't have a German accent, or that a presumably mostly American audience can't listen to an accent for the entire length of an audio book. Recommend one read the book, not listen to it. Let your inner voice provide the appropriate voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    High River, Alberta, Canada
    23/10/08
    Overall
    "one ain't enough - next, please!"

    Just finishing this first of three of the series of novels by Philip Kerr - can't wait to dig into the next installment.. notwithstanding that these are rather dark but funny (but only in that 1930's bleak prewar Germany kind of funny) novels.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.