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A Man Without Breath

Narrated by: Paul Hecht
Series: Bernie Gunther, Book 9
Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
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Berlin, March 1943. The mood in Germany is bleak after their stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Private Investigator Bernie Gunther is at work in the German War Crimes Bureau - weary, cynical but well aware of the value of truth in a world where that's now a rarity.  

When human remains are found deep in the Katyn Forest, Bernie is sent to investigate. Rumour has it that this mass grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians. For Josef Goebbels, proof of Russian involvement is sure to destroy the Western Alliance, giving Germany a chance to reverse its devastating losses. But supposing the truth is far more damaging to the German cause?  

It's Bernie Gunther's job to give Goebbels what he needs. But when there's nothing left for Gunther to lose, the compulsion to speak the truth becomes ever stronger.... 

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It’s not as good as some of the others- enjoyable nonetheless

Bernie is now working w goebbels - he really gets around - the plot depends on some twists that aren’t Philip Kerr ‘s best - still Bernie Gunther is a likeable character with some great lines .

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Great Gunther story but some audio oddities...

These yarns are always a great mix of history and crime fiction and we shall miss the late Philip Kerr after his untimely demise a short while back. Bernie Gunther is a wonderful character but the nature of that character is very influenced by the voice and tone of the reader and this Bernie, voiced by Paul Hecht, is a very different Bernie from the much brasher Bernie evoked by Jeff Harding on most of the other Audible titles. And I'm not sure which I prefer, but Hecht's does seem a bit more thoughtful and introspective by way of the quieter tone of voice.

However, there are some odd quirks in this production with a number of spoken lines repeated as the Hecht appears to change his mind on some pronunciations, which is a little disconcerting and attention-breaking. Don't understand why this recording wasn't edited a bit better.

Anyway, for those new to Bernie Gunther you have a to to look forward to and enough books to keep you going for months! I wish I hadn't heard them all!