Ostland

  • by David Thomas
  • Narrated by Richard Burnip
  • 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

February 1941, wartime Berlin. Brilliant, idealistic young detective Georg Heuser joins the Murder Squad in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. A serial killer is slaughtering women on S-Bahn trains and leaving their battered bodies by the tracks. Heuser must confront evil eye-to-eye as he helps track down the murderer.
July 1959, peacetime West Germany: a pioneering young lawyer, Paula Siebert, is in a federal unit investigating men who have committed crimes of unimaginable magnitude and horror. Their leader has just been arrested. His name is Georg Heuser. Siebert is sure of his guilt. But how could a once decent man have become a sadistic monster?

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What the Critics Say

"An intriguing mix of detection, thriller, courtroom drama, fact and fiction." (The Times)
"With subtlety and intelligence, Thomas joins the historical dots to produce a novel with plenty to say - eloquently - about the brutalising effects of the Holocaust." (Guardian)
"Very rarely do books reach into your psyche and take root. Ostland came along and kicked my door down. A wonderfully thought-provoking novel. Educational, entertaining and emotive throughout ... a first class read by an author at the top of their game." (Crimesquad)
"This nightmare-inducing new novel stretches crime fiction to its limits ... a compelling read." (Mail on Sunday)

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enthralling - eventually!!

What did you like most about Ostland?

The storyline that draws you into Heuser's decline from idealistic detective to cynical murderer


What other book might you compare Ostland to, and why?

Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels


Which character – as performed by Richard Burnip – was your favourite?

Heuser himself I think.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, especially as the events in Ostland itself unfolded.


Any additional comments?

I think the two-era narration is an unnecessary device which could be removed from the novel without unduly affecting it. There are a number of predictable tropes such as Bine's move to Hamburg being followed by her death in a firestorm.

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- David Richardson

Intriguing story of how evil can overtake good

Would you consider the audio edition of Ostland to be better than the print version?

I have not read the printed version but I found the audio version easy to follow and well read.


What did you like best about this story?

the characters


Have you listened to any of Richard Burnip’s other performances? How does this one compare?

this is the first Richard Burnip narrated story i have listened too


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes you think how you would react in similar circumstances. Im not sure how I would answer that question


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- Gabriel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2014
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing