Winter, 1943. Bernie Gunther has left the Criminal Police and is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin. Reports have been circulating of a mass grave, discovered deep in the Katyn Forest. Rumour has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians - perfect propaganda for Germany. But it needs a detective of subtle skill to investigate this horrific discovery. Cue Bernie Gunther...
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I am enjoying this book and have enjoyed the rest of the series. I really appreciate the author's ability to evoke the period with details about the culture, clothes, fashions, military equipment and the social attitudes.
My criticism for this book in the series concerns the editing. There are several places where the narrator repeats himself - word for word almost. I think this is where the narrator has a go at two takes of a pronunciation or intonation of a sentence but doesn't want to break his flow by stopping and leaves it to the editor to tidy up. This may also account for Paul Hecht's stilted style in places. The odd gaps are not his fault and should have been removed during editing.
"Let down by narrator! Again!!"
Paul Hecht is a reasonable narrator for many books I've listened to, but Bernie Gunter he IS NOT!!
Stilted and hesitant with often very poor pronunciation is very common, it's as though he's extremely uncomfortable reading the material.
I do hope these are re-recorded with the original narrator from the earlier books!
"Reasonable story...appalling production"
I LOVE this series...and find it hard to comment on this book. The story is but the best in the series but is reasonable.
However, once again, the editing of this audiobook is atrocious. Lines are repeated....long pauses etc make it abundantly clear that the editor has not listened to the whole book once it was completed. Very shabby.
It lets down the author and is outrageous considering the prices we pay.
I prefer Jeff Harding as narrator but this chap does his best.
"Another good story."
I think that this series of books gets better and better. I think the change in narrator now I am used to him has also greatly improved my enjoyment.
"Narrator completely wrong for the book"
After the excellent Roy Harding this narrator was a big let down. Very little variety for different characters and none of the sardonic humour of the previous reader.
The plot was also not a good toward the end of this book, certainly not o the standard of the original Berlin Noir trilogy. Still good history and quite interesting development of scene but multiple Russian characters very hard to follow
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