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  • The Berlin Spies

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Rupert Bush
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Summary

The thrilling new novel with an astonishing twist from Alex Gerlis, the acclaimed author of The Best of Our Spies, The Swiss Spy and Vienna Spies.  

In the dying days of the Second World War, a group of Nazis frantically plot the next steps for their country. SS recruits gather east of Berlin to be trained for an audacious yet ill-fated mission to bring about a Fourth Reich. Three decades later, a young British diplomat in East Berlin is compromised after falling into a honey-trap. He contacts Major Edgar, a veteran British spymaster, now retired. Edgar is drawn into an unlikely alliance with an old adversary, Viktor, the veteran Russian spymaster. 

Can they ever trust one another? 

The pair are drawn into a world of Nazi war criminals and British sympathisers, double agents and the rise of the Baader Meinhoff - urban terrorists threatening the West German state as Cold War tensions rise.

©2018 Alex Gerlis (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Oh dear

I enjoyed previous Alex Gerlis’ books and looked forward to this one but as it went on it dragged and I couldn’t wait for it to end. Too long, too complicated and the narrator should have done better with the German names some renderings of which were awful. Some of the stress patterns in the English narration were not too good either. Did I really hear “lowsh” for “louche” ? This was unforgivable and earned a loud groan. Come on Howes...come on Audible ...you can do better than this!

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Brilliant

Bizarre structure. Start was quite slow and the end lacks that killer punch that a great story deserves. Also you can’t help thinking that the end was somewhat lame. But in between the start and the end, you have a brilliant thriller. The story was well constructed, with some memorable characters along with some mean characters. The story was thrilling as well as chilling in parts. Highly recommended.

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Good story spoiled by poor narrator

Well, it’s better than the last one but Bush has no sense of pace or drama. A lot of the time the narration is robotic with inappropriate pauses (is anyone editing this stuff?). Dacha is not pronounced DAKKA! Why do I stick with it? Well, I like Gerlis and am invested in the stories and the spy ‘eco-system he has created. Whilst Edgar is no Smiley (and the clumsy references to A Perfect Spy jar at times), the period is evoked well and the twists are enjoyable.

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Another Good Story

Another good story of espionage, MI6, CIA KGB, NKVD and Nazi's. Great consistency of characters many years on from the previous three books set in WW2.

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Classic Cold War Spy Thriller

Really enjoyed this book. Had a great mix of Nazi, Soviet and British Intelligence all weaved together. Really nicely done indeed.

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Excellent spy thriller

It took a little while to get into this story but once I did it was quite gripping. It's interesting and complex and feels quite authentic. The narration didn't spoil the book but it was rather pedestrian and didn't bring it to life. Overall a really good listen.

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Unnecessarily long, monotone narrator

It's a shame that the narrator spoiled what should have been an exciting yarn. He delivered every line the same, never changing pace so the action scenes were told at the same pace as the flashbacks.

it could have been a third shorter without all the repetition.

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Yet another brilliant listen from Alex Gerlis.

This is the fifth book I have listened to by Alex Gerlis and as with the other four it is a great story. You have to keep your wits about you to keep up with the way the tale meanders, but it's well worth it.
One tip, although this is a stand alone book its well worth reading the previous four in order to follow the full story.

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Disappointed in the narration

I hate criticising narrators but I’m afraid the usually solid Rupert Bush wasn’t great here. I can understand not pronouncing German names and places as I’ve heard them usually done but there are several English words he mispronounced here and it was really distracting. Otherwise it was an excellent, if complex book. Not one to listen with only one ear!

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Worthy of Le Carre

Alex Gerlis does it again with a Really excellent story and narration by, Rupert Bush. Probably not for you if you like a straightforward plot. There are Many characters involved and some have names, aliases and code names plus working for numerous agencies, in WWII and both sides of the “Iron Curtain”. But it all comes together nicely and makes perfect sense. A definite 5star listen.

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  • 23-04-22

His best work so far

Le Carre styled Cold War spy story, very well written and performed. Complex narrative with many angles.

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  • Moose in NZ
  • 21-02-21

Too slow to pull some threads together

I can appreciate the style of writing in which the time is taken to set out characters and plot lines. In this case however it was simply too drawn out and without enough meat in the separate elements to make it worth hanging in there. In spite of some unexpected traffic jams I switched to other titles without completing this.