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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Fine story -- as always -- by Philip Kerr. But the narration was weak. Little definition in the sound of various characters, leaving it often confusing about who was speaking in the story.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Couldn't tell one character from another. All the voices sounded the same.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to A Man Without Breath again? Why?
No, sorry to say.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Hecht?
Jeff Harding or John Lee would be the ideal candidates.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
As in previous books Philip Kerr takes you for a ride and thorugh the book there were many small and large moments evolving around Bernie Gunther.
Any additional comments?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I loved the early Bernie Gunther audiobooks. They bristled with noir-ish grittiness, atmosphere and style; essentially Sam Spade against a '30s Berlin background, with more wit, scarier gangsters and a lot more sex and violence. They were read wonderfully too by Jeff Harding; he WAS Bernie and you rooted for him.
Sadly, the series has gone on too long. This story is set in 1943 and uses the backdrop of the Katyn investigations by the Germans. Bernie's anti-Nazi sentiments now sound a little tedious and hackneyed, whilst some of the important plot twists are just silly. There are moments where the old vigour shows through, but not many. It feels like a book written to wring just a bit more out of a lucrative franchise.
Also, Paul Hecht does not capture the sardonic, wise-cracking Gunther in anything like the way Jeff Harding did.
Not a bad thriller, but a shallow imitation of the earlier works.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I had not thought it possible to find a worse narrator than Christian Rodska but Paul Hecht beats him by a country mile.
I have read all of Philip Kerr's books and this is the first one I have listened to. The narration is very bland and dull and to my ears wholly inappropriate. A real pity as the story is good. A real disservice to the author.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful