We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
The Other Side of Silence Audiobook

The Other Side of Silence: Bernie Gunther, Book 11

Regular Price:$36.66
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

It is 1956 on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig....

©2016 Thynker, Ltd (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Streets ahead of most other historical thrillers [...] the kind of detail that brings the past to life." (Sunday Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (2 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.5 (2 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.5 (2 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Clive Byerley
    22/05/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Vintage Gunther!"

    This time set on the south of France Bernie tangles with former Nazis and current spies. Yes there's a woman and deceit, tension and violence but a superb performance and masterly plotting ensures freshness and a gripping episode in this ongoing Bernie Gunther saga. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • S. Murdoch
    uk
    2/04/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Truly 5 star"

    I have long followed Bernie Gunter and think Jeff Harding amongst the two best narrators...and this was back to form. For me a pleasure....intelligence, believable characters, snippets of history and enough twists. I listen to lots of crime books but these are a cut above everything. Up there with Peter Mays Scottish books ....but I prefer Bernie Gunters character-which I could get drink on schnapps with him one day.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    2/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant"

    Once again great story from Philip Kerr. Fantastic twist at the end. Jeff Harding brings it all to life with his brilliant narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DT
    17/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ""Just a citizen with a past""
    Would you try another book written by Philip Kerr or narrated by Jeff Harding?

    Yes


    What could Philip Kerr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Loosened the ties to the hero's WW2 past.


    What three words best describe Jeff Harding’s voice?

    Hard-boiled American


    Was The Other Side of Silence worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It’s quite an achievement to export the figure of a tarnished knight-detective from Southern California and the pages of Raymond Chandler to Berlin, where, pre- and during WW2 he is police detective, private eye and, uncomfortably, involved in state security; then to extricate him from the attentions and patronage of Reinhard Heydrich and other lesser Nazis; before moving him around around the world, post-1945. Here, in the eleventh Bernie Gunther novel, it is Cap Ferrat, 1956, and Gunther is a likely suicide case, when he is not whiling away time as a hotel concierge, under the name Walter Wolfe, and playing bridge twice a week, But it’s the first-person narration that makes Bernie a more successful heir to Philip Marlowe than any tough-guy American private detective, though, in the audio-version, Bernie sounds fully American, while Germans speak, not in Achtung! English but at least with a sinister English accent.

    Philip Kerr knows his twentieth-century German and Nazi history well and, in his Berlin novels, he situates the plot expertly as the Nazis come to power and exert it in warfare but with the final solution never far below the surface. In “The Other Side of Silence”, an early reference to Adolf Eichmann getting away with his terrible crimes reminds us that this is four years before he was seized in Argentina, tried in Jerusalem and executed in 1962. The plot is precipitated by the arrival at his hotel of Harold Hennig, ex-Nazi SS, but spirals off into liaisons or encounters with Somerset Maugham, Anthony Blunt, and, at one remove, Kim Philby, Burgess and Maclean, and Roger Hollis. Although Bernie Gunther novels never disappoint, up to a certain level at least, “The Other Side of Silence” is an over-packed and not an entirely successful transition from the Nazi era to the Cold War for Kerr’s “citizen with a past”. Bernie is older and, presumably, better read and the over-crowding is accentuated by his passing and usually tongue-in-cheek references to Goethe, Picasso, Camus, and many more. There's an intriguing Author's Note at the end, which perhaps explains the motivation for Philip Kerr having Bernie Gunther wander into British Cold War scandals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    13/08/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "OK but not great"

    Been a big fan of all Mr Kerr's Bernie Gunter series but this book lacked the suspense and the thriller aspect of many of his previous books and seemed to document rambling camp conversations with Somerset Maugham which to be frank were a little dull and not sure who this book would suit lost on me though

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel
    east kilbride, United Kingdom
    12/08/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Philip Kerr, please give up this series"
    What disappointed you about The Other Side of Silence?

    The early books are great, but the last 2 have been disappointing. The post war story lines are contrived and not very good. I feel the series would be better served by recounting some pre wars tales.


    Has The Other Side of Silence put you off other books in this genre?

    No I love these kind of books. It is great Berlin Noir, but the last few have quite literary lost the plot.


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

    Jeff Harding is a great reader and conjures up that 30's style detective noir of Raymond Chandler.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mrs s curtis
    11/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book!"

    I'm sorry to say but the American accent of the narrator spoilt it for me, but the story was excellent,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digger Downes
    Birmingham
    1/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but could've been great."

    I found this a really intriguing story spoiled for me by the narrators' Sam Spade voice; the character is supposed to be of German origin and for me this voice just jarred terribly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
    17/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Puzzled!"

    This is the first of the series for me and I'm completely puzzled as to why the main German character has a "tough guy" American voice when the narrator makes an attempt at different accents for the other characters. Why is that?

    Jeff Harding always does a good job on audio books but I can't think why he was chosen to voice Gunther. The story was OK, but meandering, and used lots of real life names to no great effect.

    Sorry but won't be bothering with the rest of this series on audio. Maybe they're better on the page?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Che
    11/05/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome"

    The very best Bernie Gunther novel to date with thought Provoking insights into the Cambridge spy ring and British Mi5 & MI 6.. With lovely unexpected twists, turns, and thank God Jeff Harding is back as he simply is Bernie Gunther.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Morden, United Kingdom
    10/05/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not up to previous standard"

    Good narration as with previous books but story lacks quality and formulaic I think Bernie is better off in normal Nazi environment in Germany

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.