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  • If the Dead Rise Not

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost interest

  • By Ian1956 on 23-05-10

Towser T

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-19

This is a later book and Mr Kerr’s style and writing only improves. The plot is very good and the characters are well chosen. The narration is perfect for this type of novel. I have already downloaded the rest of the series and repeat what I have said in earlier reviews of his works: so sad that Philip Kerr is no longer with us but his legacy continues.

  • A Quiet Flame

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One terrible mistske

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-06-16

Towser T

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is a later and better book by Philip Kerr. As usual, the narrator is excellent and the storyline a bit different from others. I am nearly in sequence with the order of this series, having bought random books previously. I look forward to the next one and am so sorry that Philip died prematurely. He was a great writer and storyteller.

  • A German Requiem

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kerr writes Marlowe!

  • By Terry_E on 23-08-11

Towser T

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Another great book from Philip Kerr. The later books are more polished but this was a good read/listen. Anyone interested in this period of history will be impressed by his knowledge of detail and the way it was written. The narrator is ideal for telling what is, ostensibly, a story of gangsters. Definitely recommended and I will now start another!

  • The Pale Criminal

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second in the series and just as good

  • By chris on 19-01-09

Towser T

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is not the best Bernie Gunther book but a good read and well worth purchasing. He developed his style later and I have read several and am going back to read the ones missed en route.

My criticism is that the story is not the best and I did not feel the tension of others in the series. However, if you like stories set during the Second World War then Philip Kerr is for you. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. So sad that Philip passed away.

  • The One from the Other

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book

  • By Tom on 19-06-08

Towser T

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-18

This is the third book by this author I have read or heard and have already downloaded two more (Audibles) to accompany my daily walk. I find this period (Second World War) fascinating and Philip Kerr brings it to life. His narrator’s tone is very Philip Marlowesque and fits perfectly with the era and the gangster nature of the Nazis. The storyline is excellent and by mixing fact and fiction it seems real. It is a great sadness that Mr Kerr has died and that there will be no more books of this unique quality.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique account

  • By R. Fowler on 07-12-10

Towser T

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-18

First class and definitive book on the 3rd Reich. Told masterfully and in useful but “to the point” detail. This is a must, surely, for anyone interested in this period of history. My only jiggle is the pronunciation of some of the names etc: e.g. Barbarossa being pronounced “Barbarosa”. However, the pace is good and a good read on a solemn subject.

  • March Violets

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Traditional detective idioms in an unusual setting

  • By chris on 19-01-09

Towser T

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

I have read a few in this series and thought I would go back to book one. It held my attention immediately and the narrator sounded like Humphrey Bogart- not an unpleasant voice. The story is well crafted and believable. I look forward to book 2. If you like the Nazi period and crime thrillers this is for you.

  • The Pharmacist of Auschwitz

  • The Untold Story
  • By: Patricia Posner
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little-known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania, who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz. Based in part on previously classified documents, Patricia Posner exposes Capesius's reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder 20 years after the end of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking

  • By m on 09-05-18

Towser T

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I found this book fascinating and well researched. Some of the pronunciations in both English and German distracted - especially that of “Mengele”. However, it adds to the narrative of the holocaust and can thus be recommended.

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