March Violets : Bernie Gunther

  • by Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by Jeff Harding
  • Series: Bernie Gunther
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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)


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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- chris

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.
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- Hector Chub

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2008
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books