I have all the Chief Inspector Gamache Novels and have loved each of them. However, I am not sure I would read another because of the disappointing ending to this one. Certain ongoing characters are essential to the overall feeling of the books. The primary secondary character should be one that you can identify with and cheer for, and support. His character is definitely tarnished for me and I do not like the direction this book is taking.
Provide a more positive outcome in the book.
Intriguing, engaging, enjoyable
Say something about yourself!
This is my second audio book by Louise Penny. Because the setting is in Quebec, the audio edition saved me from mangling the many French pronunciations.
The best thing about this story is definitely the characters. I also enjoyed the history of Gregorian chants. The setting was unusual but the host of characters was especially interesting in their flawed humanity. The story took so many twists and turns that it was difficult to set aside.
Ralph Cosham is able to read French. His warmth or coldness (depending upon the character) and his varied voices provide a depth that would be difficult to attain in the print version.
The relationships of Inspector Gamache to his wife, his daughter, and his subordinate were beautifully described. The ending of the book was particularly moving--I definitely did not want it to end.
Yes, Louise Penny writes so beautifully, and that is captured by the audiobook
No, it was pretty intense at times, as Penny often is, so it was good to take breaks.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Cosham's constant mispronunciation of Francoeur! I'm amazed he did not check on this before recording - VERY distracting to those of us who speak and understand French! And quite unprofessional...I hope omeon has brought it to the attention of he publisher,
Another wonderful tale in the series! Don't miss it!
Chief Inspector doesn't fail to perform!
The performance was just as expected... perfect!
As always, it makes you both laugh and cry!
A wonderful series!
Lost interest quickly, had to force myself to listen all the way through. It seems odd to use "Jesus Christ" as a swear word in the context of a monastery.
He spoke too quickly. He didn't differentiate the voices well. Boring. Hard to keep my focus on the story. I sensed that an audio engineer may have slightly sped up the tape, thus interfering with the speaker's artistry.
One of the reviewers said there was Gregorian Chant. There were maybe 5 measures of music at the introduction and none thereafter. There were many scenes where one could have expected chant. Surely there are free chants on the internet to incorporate. Don't know why anyone is enthusiastic about this audiobook. Perhaps the positive review I read set me up for more disappointment.
I'm afraid I've read/listened to my last Gamache book. We'll see what's next. I've been a huge Penny fan, and love the setting of this one. It's obviously well-researched and written. But I'm quite bored with the whole cabal at the Surete de Quebec. More commentary would spoil it for those who don't mind, but if you tire of this sort of thing--- you've been warned.
All of the Gamache series are beautifully read. I prefer them to the print because the narrator handles the Quebecois turn of phrase so well.
It's a good story, but the main thread nor the history held me like it usually does, though I love the history Penny writes into her novels. This novel is gripping in Jean-Guy's self reflection and choices and his relationship with Inspector Gamache. The story introduces a malevolent influence that watching it's impact on Jean-Guy is heartbreaking. If you have listened to this series you are attached to these characters. And Penny's writing make all of their developments, tragic or glorious, a riveting story.
A voice for the inner wondering of these characters and his wonderful reading of the Quebecois phrases that make the stories unique and authentic.
The readers voice tone was perfect for this story.
Although it was a murder mystery there was no explicit violence.
Th correct pronunciation of Quebec and Montreal!
No, just thoroughly enjoyed with a restful pace and tone.
Absolutely. Reader of her mysteries is fabulous and handles French accents well. I can't imagine liking Gremache so much without this reliable portrayal.
Took place outside Three Pines for a good variation on the series, and appealing historical/musical context.
Always reliable, but he owns this series!
Penny's Gremache series always makes you think about psychology and ideas larger than "who dunnit."
One of my all time favorite series and this a great addition.
Yes, but try to read in order.
Lots of things to learn in Louise Penny's books
No, he is a new reader to me, but fine.
I'm looking forward to listening to others.