The audio edition was very enjoyable it really draws you into the story. Ralph Cosham did a wonderful job of reading the story. There were a lot of characters and sometimes it was hard to keep them straight. If I was reading the book, I think seeing their names in print would make that easier.
I would recommend this book as an audio or the physical book, both are very good.
There are a lot of twists and turns in the story. It is long and was hard to stop listening to the story, but I had to hear it in sections because of the length.
Great Story Line . . . (is that really two words?)
The Plot ties with the Setting, as so wonderfully described.
Have not listened to another, however, I would do so. It was extremely well done.
No, I wanted to savor the story.
A unique story, well written, and well told. A gem, and well worth the time to listen.
I love stories where you can learn about other ways people live. I have to say I wasn't real sure about the ending though.
I definitely would recommend this book. It is an interesting story in an unusual setting with unexpected twists. The subplot concerning Inpsector Gamache's relations with his subordinate and superior added an extra element of intrigue with an unexpected turn of events.
This was my first exposure to Inspector Gamache and I am now a big fan of his. Ralph Cosham's performance was just perfect. I was transported to the abbey with his intelligent and elegant reading. His pace and tone was perfect for the tale.
First Cosham performance for me. I loved his voice.
I was tempted to listen to it all at once but preferred to listen in installments so I could savor the experience as long as possible. I was sorry to come to the end of the book as I so enjoyed the listening experience.
I'm definitely going to listen to all available tapes in the Inspector Gamache series and check out anything else this author has written.
It was intriguing to find out more about the inner workings of a monastery.
It was nice to take a break from Three Pines, but I hope to return there in the next novel. The books that take place away from Three Pines provide more insight into Armand Gamache and his team as individuals. They are more character driven than plot driven, which is a nice change.
Ralph Cosham captures Armand Gamache perfectly. I actually prefer to listen to these novels than read them, because Cosham brings Louise Penny's novels to life.
I have listened to and enjoyed all of Penny's books on Audible. They are all great reads because of the well-written stories and evolving characters. Howeever, the narrator's wonderful voice fills out what is already a rich experience. I would listen to anything narrated by Ralph Cosham.
My favorite character is always Gamache with his witticisms and deep thoughts. He is an imperfect man who is constantly seeking justice, truth, and forgiveness.
I was dismayed at the end of this book to think that I have to wait months to find out what happens next -- what a cliffhanger!!!
Hurrry up, Ms. Penny, and finish the next in the series.
Yes, definitely. A new favorite story.
The story was gripping and interesting and I really enjoyed the narrators way of conveying the story and the appropriate mood.
He has a very calming voice and a beautiful French accent.
The point when Beauvoir is watching the video, the monks are chanting and the whole story seems to be coming together in a perfect storm. Powerful!
I love listening to Ralph Cosham read the Gamache series.
I've enjoyed many of Penny's books, but I believe this is her best to date. I can't say I enjoyed the ending where I now have to wait for the next book, but it was a small price to pay for an otherwise good book.
Beautiful Mystery ranks high on my list of favorite reads/listens of the past two years.
Beautiful Mystery left me breathless with surprise. I've read a number of Inspector Gamach stories. Louise Penny likes to pace her stories with great detail that pulls the reader though the details of most of the main characters lives. Though the Inspector is the dominating force of the series, it is the supporting characters that drive the plot. Beautiful Mystery is no exception.
In this case the Deputy (sorry, I don't have his name at the moment, I am away from the book right now) and the workings of his inner life serve to create enormous empathy towards him. The Deputy's confusion and moments of clarity create conflict and confusion for all involved.
I believe that this is a book to be savored. Louise Penny is an author who insists that the reader appreciate the nuances of life. the reader who insists on a quick jolt of excitement and drama may become frustrated. This can lead to moments where the book seems to drag. One might ask, "do I really need that much detail?". However, when the book draws to a close (with a truly stunning end), most will appreciate the time the spent with each character.