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Prague Fatale

A Bernie Gunther Mystery, Book 8
Narrated by: Paul Hecht
Series: Bernie Gunther, Book 8
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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September 1941: Bernie Gunther's old boss, Reinhard Heydrich, orders him to Prague to stay at his country house. When a body is found in a room locked from the inside, the spotlight falls on Bernie to solve the mystery. If he fails to do so, he knows what is at stake - the reputation of Heydrich, a man who does not like to lose face. So begins the most diplomatically sensitive case of Bernie Gunther's police career.

©2011 Philip Kerr (P)2012 Recorded Books LLC

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  • Rita
  • 22-05-2012

Early Bernie Gunther

For this book we return to the war years with the occupation of Prague. A less cynical younger Bernie is sent to Prague and in many ways this is a more "traditional" detective story with a dead body in a locked room but the delicacy of detective work and Nazi ruthlessness are common to the earlier books. Good but not the best Bernie Gunther.

It is a pity that Jeff Harding was replaced by Paul Hecht, both were good narrators but neither German and for a cynical "noir" detective I found Harding more convincing.

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  • Bibliophile
  • 03-07-2013

Fascinating series

I have thoroughly enjoyed (perhaps not the right word) this series. The question mark is about whether one can enjoy such an horrific tale. The whole series moves through the rise of Nazism in the 30s, the War period and then the early 50s. Bernie is a likeable, hard-working, hard-living cop who hates Nazism but finds himself involved despite himself.
This particular book differs from the others in that it sticks to one time period, 1941.
Bernie is taken off his investigation into the death of a Dutch railwayman in Berlin to stay with Heydrich in Prague. His involvement with Heydrich is again a theme through the books, and is one of the causes of his problems with the Amis in post war Germany. He hates the man for who he is and what he does, but can't stand out against him. We know what happens to Heydrich, and the terrible revenge that is taken on Lidice, as does Bernie, but he can't alter the way he acted then.
This is one of the more recent books, so if you have followed the series you know some of what happens to him in the future. But are we just driven by events or can we alter them? Could he have made different choices? Bernie tries to stay out of the worst, but does knowing about it and not taking part make you any better?
This book is read by Paul Hecht. Some of the others by Jeff Harding. When you come across a different reader in a series it can cause difficulties, but although different, both readers work for this author and are excellent.

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  • kevin
  • 21-07-2020

Where is Jeff Harding?

Please re- record this book with Jeff Harding.....the true voice of Bernie Gunter. This new guy doesn't cut it.

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  • Stephen Timms
  • 15-04-2019

Next in the Kerr Series

On first listening, I was disappointed to hear Pail Hecht’s narration. All the others are narrated by Jeff Harding, who captures the gangster-like atmosphere of Nazi Germany.
Prague Fatale is excellent and well documented. The detail into which Kerr delves is first class. He weaves fiction around fact superbly and everything feels believable. I look forward to the next and strongly advise anyone who reads my remarks to go to the first book in the series and read them in chronological order as written. Another 5 star read!

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  • Paul A. Adams
  • 18-09-2020

Enjoy the story but...

I enjoyed the story but the reader did not always manage the voice change between characters well.
I can really see how Philip has built up his main character over the first 2 books. Also the detail around the environment he works in.
Looking forward to the next book

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  • J. Wexler
  • 31-03-2020

The war years

Gunter returns to the war years and Prague. As always Kerr's writing is exemplary. A weakness has made itself somewhat apparent in the plot lines of this series. Bernie falls in love with every beautiful woman, who deceives him and dies. A few times is ok, but this has become a habit.

Still, I enjoy and continue the series

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  • Isabel Farquharson-Howell
  • 05-08-2019

bloody awful

this book is cheap knock off of a respectable genre. in places its bad in others its laughable!