I am a big Louise Penny fan and have liked all her Gamache books, but I believe this is my favorite of all! There were moments when I gasped!, or laughed out loud and I certainly shed tears, too. It's another great story set in the Village of Three Pines about characters I knew and now know even better. Again, Ralph Cosham's excellent narration - performance, really - brings the story to life. At the end he explains that he records the narration "cold" without pre-reading.... that's just amazing!
So your in traffic, barely moving but a guy in a pick-up is tailgaiting you. Thank you audible! This book fits nicely in to that category of nice option to nervous breakdown with desire to slam on my breaks with hopes that he comes out worse (these are just thoughts, wouldn't/haven't acted on them). This is like spending time with the quirky part of your family that is fun, occasionally funny, but dependable without too many needs placed upon you. No life changing moments here, just good, solid, likeableness. I do like to make-up words. I like the series mystery where you know everyone, there are the somewhat stock characters,(i'm partial to the curmuggeonly Ruth) whose personality flaws can be overlooked due to their intense loyalty or aptitude with cooking or electronics or other unpleasantness, and the group combined seem to embody all that is needed to cope reasonably successfully with current unforeseen drama. This story is good, like the others, interesting, but no need to stay in the car to see what happens next. I must give high marks for the reader. His voice is an excellent match for the material. Disclosure: I give very few 5 stars, so my 3 could be someone else's 4.5.
This was my first book by Louise Penny. I know, I started at the wrong end of the series. Still loved Three Pines and its inhabitants. Now I see why so many are such fans of the series.
Oddly, even though I really liked this book, I am perfectly content just savoring this book for a while and not experiencing the previous books.
Ralph Cosham takes an amazing story and brings it to life. Mr. Cosham has become Inspector Gamche. This book has everything, suspense, intrigue, a great lead into the next book. I gave up sleep for this story!
Yes. I think the narrator adds so much to the story (which is already a great story). When I go back to reading these books, the words seem a little paler in comparison to the performance.
Yes. I love the way Louise Penny has wrapped everything up in this one. As usual, she leaves clues all through the book and then everything comes together in the end, along with a few surprises.
Yes. He's gotten better and better in the role of Gamache. He's a fantastic narrator. Great pace and phrasing and huzzah for the fantastic pronunciation.
The ending. Penny always has the best ones.
After I finished listening to this book, I went back and started listening to the series from the beginning. It is really a fantastic series, with wry dialog and interesting literary, musical, and artistic commentary. History is woven in, and the Quebecois point of view makes this a fascinating read from a cultural perspective. The series was obviously thought out in great detail before Ms. Penny began writing, because it all dovetails beautifully. I can't say enough good things about the series and the performance. Highly recommended.
There is seemingly no cure for voracious reading. Thank goodness for Kindle and audible listening.
How the Light Get's In is packed full of story lines and relationships that grab you and won't let go.
Always, Inspector Gamache has to be my favorite. An honorable, thoughtful, loving man is a rare breed and he is all three.
Ralph Cosham was masterful at presenting each character with a unique voice and attitude. What he does is magical. I was thoroughly amazed to learn later that he does not pre-read before a performance. I believe this added to the feeling of urgency to keep going to learn the final outcome.
I found myself totally involved with this book. I could feel the warmth of the story as well as an anxiety to see the end result presented. At times I laughed out loud and at times I would pause just to let all the tumultuous feelings sort themselves out.
Many people put ideas on paper. I have read constantly since childhood. It is rare to find an author who is a true 'writer' in every sense of the word. As always I look forward to what is next for Inspector Gamache and Louise Penny.
It ranks very high because of the characters and storyline started in earlier books.
I really have enjoyed the mystery and intrigue without the gore.
The continuing development of the characters.
Besides Inspector Gamache??? ...Ruth and Clara will always be my favorites.
There is always something in this book series that makes you ponder.
Start with Book One and then continue on!!
-- you can mix up a couple in the middle, but I don't believe you would have the same literary journey if you read this book first.
I can't wait for Book Ten!
Fantastic story combining character plot lines from the entire series. I hope this isn't the last of Gamache!
Yes, I needed to know what was happening with all my beloved characters
french pronounciation, great emotion especially in this book
Return to my old friends in Three Pines.
Nothing. Penny is a masterful storyteller.
Inspector Gamache of course!
When Ruth gives her beloved duck to Beauvoir while sitting on the park bench in Three Pines. Incredibly moving.
I have to be honest - I was sorry I didn't get the print version, but the narrator is fantastic and I couldn't stop listening. I just love to curl up and read, but audio books make me feel I should be doing something while listening - like exercise, laundry, etc. But I finally gave in and just sat and listened. A great audio book!
Many parts made me laugh out loud - Ruth and her duck are just so wonderful. But the end had me in tears...