Bernie Gunther
Books in series11
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(4.2 based on 978 ratings)
  • 1
    March Violets | Philip Kerr

    March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 January 2009 by chris (London, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    The Pale Criminal | Philip Kerr

    The Pale Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.

    Second in the series and just as good

    This is the second title in the "Berlin Noir" trilogy. Set in Berlin of 1938, Bernie Gunther is investigating a serial killer specialising in young Ge..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 January 2009 by chris (London, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    A German Requiem | Philip Kerr

    A German Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
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    Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. 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.

    Kerr writes Marlowe!

    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 w..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 August 2011 by Terry_E ()
  • 4
    The One from the Other | Philip Kerr

    The One from the Other

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Munich in 1949 is a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work. It fills Bernie Gunther with disgust - but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead.

    An excellent book

    Philip Kerr writes fine thrillers, and this is one of his best.

    The genre is what you might term a 'noir thriller' typified best perhaps ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 June 2008 by Tom (West Wickham, United Kingdom)
  • 5
    A Quiet Flame | Philip Kerr

    A Quiet Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
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    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.

    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 appear..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 March 2009 by chris (London, United Kingdom)
  • 6
    If the Dead Rise Not | Philip Kerr

    If the Dead Rise Not

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Berlin, 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just 18 months but already Germany has seen some unpleasant changes. Forced to resign as a homicide detective, Bernie is now house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel. The discovery of two bodies involves Bernie in the lives of two hotel guests. One is a beautiful journalist intent on persuading America to boycott the Berlin Olympiad; the other is a German-Jewish gangster who plans to use the Olympics to enrich himself.

    Lost interest

    Disappointing after the previous novels. The German half of the book was excellent and provided some useful background to the series as a whole. Howev..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 May 2010 by Ian (Nuneaton, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    Field Grey | Philip Kerr

    Field Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    It's 1954, and Bernie Gunther sails to Florida, where he's arrested, returned to Cuba, and imprisoned. There he meets Castro, and a French intelligence officer, Thibaud. Exhaustively questioned by Thibaud, Bernie is flown to Berlin with a proposition: work for the French or hang for murder. But Bernie's past as a German POW in Russia is about to catch up with him - in a way he could never have foreseen.

    Where is Jeff Harding?

    It is an excellent book in the Bernie Gunter series, but what happened to Jeff Harding? His American accent fitted the cynical 'film-noir-ish' charac..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 March 2011 by Ian Kerr (Suffolk, United Kingdom)
  • 8
    Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Mystery, Book 8 | Philip Kerr

    Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    September 1941: Bernie Gunther's old boss, Reinhard Heydrich, orders him to Prague to stay at his country house. When a body is found in a room locked from the inside, the spotlight falls on Bernie to solve the mystery. If he fails to do so, he knows what is at stake - the reputation of Heydrich, a man who does not like to lose face. So begins the most diplomatically sensitive case of Bernie Gunther's police career.

    Fascinating series

    I have thoroughly enjoyed (perhaps not the right word) this series. The question mark is about whether one can enjoy such an horrific tale. The whole ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 July 2013 by Bibliophile (Cumbria)
  • 9
    A Man Without Breath | Philip Kerr

    A Man Without Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
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    Winter, 1943. Bernie Gunther has left the Criminal Police and is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin. Reports have been circulating of a mass grave, discovered deep in the Katyn Forest. Rumour has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians - perfect propaganda for Germany. But it needs a detective of subtle skill to investigate this horrific discovery. Cue Bernie Gunther...

    Badly edited.

    I am enjoying this book and have enjoyed the rest of the series. I really appreciate the author's ability to evoke the period with details about the c..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 July 2013 by Mrs. L. Carter (Lincolnshire, UK)
  • 10
    The Lady from Zagreb: A Bernie Gunther Novel | Philip Kerr

    The Lady from Zagreb: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    In 1942,there are worse places to be than Zurich, and detective Bernie Gunther has seen his fair share of them. So when a superior asks him to track down a glamorous German actress believed to be hiding in Zurich, he takes the job. The actress, it emerges, is the daughter of a fanatical Croatian fascist, the sadistic commandant of a notorious concentration camp, and Bernie finds himself involved in something much more sinister.

    A tired series

    I was disappointed with the last Bernie Gunther novel, "A man without breath" as I felt the franchise was running out of steam, plus the chang..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 May 2015 by Derrick (Yelling, United Kingdom)
  • 11
    The Other Side of Silence: Bernie Gunther, Book 11 | Philip Kerr

    The Other Side of Silence: Bernie Gunther, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    It is 1956 on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig...

    Truly 5 star

    I have long followed Bernie Gunter and think Jeff Harding amongst the two best narrators...and this was back to form. For me a pleasure....intelligen..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by S. Murdoch (uk)