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.
I have either read or listened to all of the Inspector Gamache novels and I wait with anticipation for each new installment. The books have all been practically flawless and highly recommended. Indeed, for much of the book, The Beautiful Mystery is as well. My problem was the ending - it was just too over the top and rather unbelievable. The book is still a wonderful read as the first 95% was as every bit as good as its predecessors. With out giving anything away, the ending seemed to have been taken over by someone else - perhaps someone that writes for the US TV market. Perhaps I have a poor understanding of the mental state of some of the characters My quibble isn't with the end result, it is that they act so irrational and out of character that the ending seems quite implausible. If you have read the others in the series then by all means read this, if you haven't, start with one of the earlier books. As for me, I'll still be at the head of the line waiting for the next installment.
This is one of the most unenjoyable listens I've had since I joined Audible. I tried to listen long enough so that the story might override the narrator, but just couldn't make it. I won't purchase another book read by this person. I returned the book.
BIG surprise in this one...I don't like spoilers so that's all I will say.
This team's devotion to their Chief Inspector is very similar to the team dynamics on NCIS (the television series). I often compare Jean-Guy with Tony.
This is the first time I have listened to Mr Cosham's work
and I am so thrilled he was chosen for Chief Inspector Gamache!
He is perfect.
Everything has a Double Meaning!
So looking forward to the outcome of the changes that occurred in the finale of this book!
I loved the complexity and many-layered study of human behavior.
Somehow, Louise Penny manages to keep the reader deeply engrossed in both wondering who was culpable for the murder and in hoping like crazy that the main characters would find their humanity. I worried for my favorite characters (Gamache and Beauvoir) and puzzled over the clues and innuendos provided in the beautiful mystery. Wonderful book! Outstanding performance.