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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bernie Gunther Novels Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781415946367
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Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a “brilliantly innovative thriller-writer,” Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, MARCH VIOLETS introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin–until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, MARCH VIOLETS is noir listening at its best and blackest.

“Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master”–Evening Standard



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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 2/20/2014

    " I'm not a fan of the hard boiled detective novel, but this one was pretty good. It has all kinds of advantages: the Berlin setting during Hitler's reign (but before the war), a credible detective, and the noir tradition that went before it. This is much more coherent than anything by Chandler and much more interesting than Hammett. The tough-guy metaphors were a bit too fast and furious though. I got to like Berhard Gunther, and despite this being a bit of a slog, I'm likely to read the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 2/8/2014

    " I'd had this small tome that I'd picked up at a used book store a few years ago waiting on my shelf. Finally picked up Berlin Noir. I was in it for the Berlin aspect, but then discovered I'm not really fond of the detective noir style. Some turns of phrase were either directly translated from German (though it was not originally written in German) or deliberately strange. The sex and violence seemed formulaic. I did care enough to make it to the end of the first of the trilogy, but the next two will be donated away, unread. (July 16, 2004) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/28/2014

    " This is the first in the series, but the third one I read. It was good, very Chandlerish and Hammettish, but three in a row is enough for now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Colvin | 1/23/2014

    " Very much noir.. Felt like a guy noir story on NPR too many similes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth Evans | 1/17/2014

    " Lots of plot, which meshes well together. The book could and perhaps should have made rather more of the circumstances in which Gunter finds himself in rather than being a little too spare with the details. Nevertheless a well-plotted and entertaining thriller if you like the Chandleresque style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Bartelt | 12/25/2013

    " I found the historical facts interesting and informative. Also liked how the author wove the,story within them. Thought the author was over descriptive at times but overall an entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/22/2013

    " good atmosphere for the city and the period. Too much plot twisting and gory details to really be my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/23/2013

    " Humorouslyl written, very graphic, unsentimental P.I. novel set in Nazi Germany. The villains are very bad and the good guys are not so "good". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 11/22/2013

    " Excellent. Captures the menacing atmosphere perfectly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 5/28/2013

    " A confusing mix of levity and dread. I suppose that's what noir is... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 5/23/2013

    " An ingenious mash up of Nazi jackboot-era Gestapo heavy-handedness, Chandler-esque intrigue and hard-boiled noir. A thoroughly enjoyable read that is much more than purely a guilty pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/24/2012

    " Murder mystery in the Raymond Chandler style, set in Berlin in 1936. First of a trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bhig | 3/29/2012

    " Background seems to be well done, but logic suffers a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/2/2012

    " If you are looking for a politically correct book, this is not for you. Very hard boiled novel with excellent plot and some twists. Takes place in 1930s Berlin. Some graphic scenes. Looking forward to read more of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joana Andrade | 9/12/2011

    " sometimes a bit too graphic, but rather good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 9/4/2011

    " Great...except for a rape scene that was unnecessarily graphic. That was just weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 4/24/2011

    " Very good, three very atmospheric stories. The main character, Bernie Gunther, is likeable despite his flaws.

    Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 4/8/2011

    " March Violets was a chilling read and the other books in the Bernie Gunther series are also absorbing reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/1/2011

    " REally enjoyed the first two novels. The third, not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/1/2011

    " I loved these three books. Very old school detective, but set in a turbulent time and place.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elsa | 1/31/2011

    " En fait, je n'ai lu que la première partie (L'été de glace). Le contexte historique est bien décrit, mais je n'ai pas réussi à m'attacher au personnage principal, un détective plutôt macho. Le style m'a particulièrement agacée, avec son abus de comparaisons longues et souvent boiteuses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 1/25/2011

    " Impeccably written superb historical fiction - deeper and more thoughtful than A Conspiracy of Paper, or Saylor's Roman mysteries. Rather dark gumshoe tales, but understandably so given the Nazi Germany (and immediate post-war Germany) setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 12/16/2010

    " Bernie Gunther is for me the most realised of literary detectives. He has a rich history and I would love to see him on a TV or film screen someday. I think Daniel Craig would play him perfectly, once the 007 gig is over and done with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magcos | 12/4/2010

    " i liked the evolution of the main character and Berlin from 1933, to 1943 to 1950. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr is a British writer and bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, along with other fiction series, stand-alone novels, a fantasy series, and nonfiction works. In 1993, he was named in Granta’s list of Best Young British Novelists. In 2009, If the Dead Rise Not won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000. The book also won the 2009 British Crime Writers’ Association’s Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. Field Gray, the seventh in the series, was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel. And in 2015 The Lady from Zagreb made the New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.