• Field Gray

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (460 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Philip Kerr crafts a thrilling chapter from his critically acclaimed Bernie Gunther series. In Field Gray, Bernie finds himself imprisoned in 1954—and told he can either work for French intelligence or he can hang. Accepting his new job, Bernie begins interviewing POWs returning from Germany. And things get interesting when he meets a French war criminal and member of the French SS who has been posing as a German Wehrmacht officer.

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So far, the best in a masterful series

Don't start with Field Gray, save it for after you have listened to the preceding volumes in the "Bernie Gunther" detective series. Kerr's creation is an engaging, wryly comic, and morally challenging character. Paul Hecht's reading deeply and unobtrusively captures the spirit of Gunther, as well as the many adversaries Kerr pits against him in this expansive, complex, but eminently clear political detective story, steeped in a history no one should have the pleasure of forgetting about. Field Gray is as much a warning as it is a retelling about the depths of inhumanity in which humanity can so easily lose itself.

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Simply, one of, if not the, best living writers

Another wonderfully written, dark, but revealing look into the evil of which man is capable. Gunter is a bit of a "superman" himself, but not outrageously so as his escapades reveal the darkness that is the Nazis, and war itself. This character's behavior would not have survived in the real Nazi regime, but Kerr makes a very plausible case for Bernie's doing so. He's done enough with Bernie, so while I am sure his children's books are great, I hope he can invent another character to reveal another of mankind's inner workings and soon.
And whatever happen to cause him change narrators is a clear case of over thinking. John Lee was the perfect Gunter and the change had a negative effect on my listening pleasure!

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Best of a great series

This one is a "must read." Flashes forward/backward are handled extremely well and are singularly appropriate in their timing. Narration is outstanding.

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Field Gray

This book covers the period's of 1930's, 40's and 50's in Germany. Paul Hecht does a great job of narration. This book looks at WWII from the view of a German policeman. It is very interesting and the treatment of German POW by the Russian was accurately portrayed in the story. I found myself checking up on various events described in the book to see how historically accurate they were. I must say the ending of the book took me by surprise. I was going straight and the story took a big turn. Exciting. This was my first Phillip Kerr book.

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The wise cracks are getting old

Was Field Gray worth the listening time?

For the first time with a Kerr book, I have to say the book is much too long. It would be much shorter if Kerr simply resisted the urge to include one inane wise crack after another. It was a good story about an interesting period. However, after 5 books, I've had all of Bernie's smart mouth I can take. I'd have shot him myself---just to shut him up.

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Way too much of a good thing... Bernie as Zelig

Too long, too much exposition bogs this Gunther novel down. Too many coincidences, too much of Superman Bernie's exploits stretch reality to the broken, not breaking, point. Good historical info to be had, but somewhat dry and even boring. The ending is just plain nuts! For diehard fans only. Narration is wonderful, as always.

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I have read every Kerr book ,so I must like them. I have gone to US holocaust Memorial Museum website. I guess one is saying and the other is proving : there is no god, there is no justice, and nothing is solved by war.
I don't know how to rate this book. I don't know if I like or not. I guess the one liner by the old peasant to Pancho Villa says it all "doesn't matter who is in charge, they all still you chickens." However , this is much to simple for this book that starts slow and familiar and grows on you.

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Kerr Mastered the Style

In the Bernie Gunther series, Kerr manages to tell a story about Bernie in his pre-war or wartime life, and then jumps to Bernie's then current-day, after the war. The series progresses from just after the war up to the late 50's and early 60's.

This book is his best effort by far. Early on, the books were a bit hard to follow at times and it was hard to catch the story's flow over the gap in years. Field Gray nails it! It's a fabulous story with interesting characters and an intriguing story that ends up being a page turner!

The narrator, Paul Hecht is overall, a very good narrator and he does a fine job on this one.

Overall, this one is Highly Recommended! The series is likewise a recommend!

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As unlikely as hero as one might imagine

I still find it hard to believe that I would get hooked on a former SS officer as protagonist . I readily admit that , long ago, I was hooked on Bernie Gunther stories. Each book gets better and better. This one is terrific! Paul Hecht does an outstanding job with this book. It's seems like a very tough part to play but Mr Hecht makes the story come alive.

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Easy listen

The book jumps around and the descrption of the places are narrow. I just could not get into the book.

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