• Prince of Spies

  • The Richard Prince Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Rupert Bush
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Find the truth; risk everything. A gripping WWII spy novel full of intrigue and peril from a modern master. 

1942: a German spy comes ashore on a desolate stretch of Lincolnshire beach. But he is hunted down by a young detective, Richard Prince. The secret services have need of a man like him.... 

In occupied Europe, Denmark is a hotbed of problems for British intelligence. Rumours of a war-ending weapon being developed by the Germans are rife. Sent to Copenhagen, Prince is soon caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Dodging Gestapo agents, SS muscle and the danger of betrayal, his survival - and the war effort - hangs in the balance. 

Gripping and intense, Prince of Spies is the first in a new espionage series that will delight fans of Alan Furst, Philip Kerr and John le Carré.

©2020 Alex Gerlis (P)2021 W F Howes

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Ending?

Ending seems abrupt- as if there will be another book- unsatisfactory
Will there be another?

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An excellent story, however...

Mr Gerlis loses one star, overall, for his use of unwanted profanity and obscenity. Such language detracts from any work. 😕

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Interesting and suspenseful

The plot is a good one while being (mostly) plausible with reasonably good character development. Also, the writing is good without being unnecessarily crass or preachy.

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a nice story with a good performance

an interesting story with some plot twists that have been done by others before some good characters if you enjoy spy John Ronnie you'll enjoy this

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Excellent

amazing book! Great characters awesome history can't wait there's got to be a sequel right!?

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Pronunciation issues — otherwise fine

Wonderful story, and overall the performance is very good. I just wish they took a moment and researched the correct pronunciations of the Danish cities and districts. Being a spy means fitting into one’s surroundings, and if Richard Prince can pass for a Dane, it’d be nice if the Rupert Bush could as well for those few words in the story.

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Left dangling

Well spun and equally well read. Frustrating to have left the main/important character’s lives dangling.

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great intrigued

loved the descriptive writing could sé the places as they were told withing even gave the sense of urgency the desperation of the characters apparel they were in.

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No depth

Characters are bland, 1 dimensional.
Story is mildly interesting. Some of the ways that trouble is avoided was creative. But there characters don’t draw me in. Prince’s family situation was a nice touch, but then it’s pretty much a non factor for the rest of the story.

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  • Joanna
  • 04-11-21

Sabotage by narrator ..

Why was an excellent Alex Gerlis spy story allowed anywhere near this narrator? It would have been better read by Siri or possibly my cat. What a shame !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-14-21

Narration

A promising start to a new series of spy thrillers absolutely ruined by the worst narration in my extensive Audible library.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-21

Really Bad Book

Other reviews have blamed the narrater but what anyone is supposed to do with the books clunking unbelievable plot and stereotyped one dimensional characters I really don't know. It kind of struck me it was like someone had programmed a computer to writ a ww2 spy novel.

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  • R. A. Johnston
  • 05-24-21

Ghastly narrator!

Alex Gerlis writes enjoyable spy stories so why let a a ghastly narrator loose on his stories? Please, please get a better narrator. I’ll listen to the next Prince story, though, just because I want to follow up on the story line. Just hope the narrators attempts at accents and his stumbling narration improves. Such a shame as it could be a put off for future Gerlis fans.

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  • Mike
  • 05-18-21

The most frustrating reading I have ever heard.

Ive had audible for 4 years now and this is the first time I’ve been moved to review a book negatively. The book and characters feel a bit one dimensional, but to be honest it’s difficult to know if the book itself is any good, because it’s almost impossible to listen past the terrible narration. It splutters and stutters along in a stop start fashion that’s like listening to a 6 year olds reading homework. It’s very tiring to listen to. And the less said about the accent work the better…
It really isn’t good.

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  • Grumpy Scot
  • 10-26-21

A bit boys own adventure. .. but easy and addictive listening.

Reasonably straightforward goodies versus baddies. But the description of the ins and outs of the ww2. Spy business interesting. Good character definition and I cared about all the main characters. Definitely give it a go. I’m going to try the rest of the series. Happy reading.

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  • Steve P
  • 05-04-21

Very enjoyable spy thriller

An excellent spy thriller that is well narrated. I look forward to listening to more books from this author.

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  • C. Milton
  • 04-21-21

Enjoyable

A well written story that was enjoyable to listen to. Narrators characters accents was poor.

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  • Roy
  • 07-08-22

Great story, but...

The narration leaves a bit to be desired. The narrator needs to learn how some names are pronounced - like Ciaus (as in the College). The correct pronunciation is "Keys". It took me several minutes to figure it out. There were a few other issues where a place name was wrong, but in general a very good offering.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-22

Poor narration

Monotonous delivery with no pace and detracts massively from the story
To add insult to injury the story is left completely open at the end!
Will not listen to any more of this series

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  • Judith
  • 10-04-21

Save your money

The characters are wooden, their behaviour is sometimes fundamentally unbelievable, and the narration is distracting (with the narrator pausing at odd places, and mispronouncing words). And the story is not engaging or exciting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-22

Few thrills or spills

I thought the rule for authors was ‘show don’t tell’. Occasional chapters of excitement between long flat sections. Sometimes felt like a list of events when the chapter was ripe was action or suspense.