Yes, I will definitely listen again.
So many things came together from the whole series. I hope the series never ends.
The final one.
The stories are so well written, the characters finely drawn, and I feel that I have visited Three Pines myself. I couldn't wait for this new book to be published and I was hoping that this would be as good as the others. It is, the books seem to get better and better.
The characters are so finely drawn I feel I know them.
The only problem I have with these books is that there is never a pause in the narrative when moving from one scene to another. This is very difficult to follow when listening to a book. It might be easier if reading the book, but the transitions from one scene to another move without a change in voice or anything to signal there is a new scene making the story hard to follow. I often have to move back a bit to re-listen. Ralph Cosham has just the right voice for the book, though.
Yes. Over too soon!
My introduction to the Inspector Gamache series was with the audio version of Still Life.
Louise Penny has made every single character in this series, even the bad ones, my favorite character. Not that I actually like the bad ones, but because of her ability to spin a character into one with vivid background, personality depth, realness, and human traits that we all can relate to. Even if we don't want to admit it, we can all identify with something in every one of her characters. Comeon, admit it. We're all a little bit "Ruth".
Ralph Cosham deserves an award, or 9, for bringing Louise Penny's characters off the page and into the realm of sound for us all. Never have I enjoyed a reader's voice, delivery, or emotion more than I have in listening to the 9 Inspector Gamache novels. Bravo!
Absolutely. All of the books in this series had me gripped from the very beginning, but even more so with "How the Light Gets In". The story could have taken so many different routes that I found I was constantly thinking about it, pondering solutions, and hoping the best for all of these characters that feel like friends.
Read or listen to these books. It will be one of the great decisions of your life.
I recently discovered the delightfully flawed town and characters of the Three Pines novels. All the books are brilliant, filled with carefully woven stories that intertwine in and around the the characters I have loved from page one. DO NOT BEGIN WITH THIS BOOK!! It is the culmination of all the other novels and you will be spoiling a beautiful journey through them if you begin with this one.
If you love Three Pines and Inspector Gamache, you will automatically adore this latest installment. I was taken aback at just how "big" the arc running through all the novels turned out to be!
Kudos to Ms Penny for an excellent book. From the dual mystery to the intrigue in the life of the main character, the detective Inspector Gamache, the story builds and builds, making it very hard to put down. I usually listen only on my commute, but with this book, I found myself pulling out my headphones and "reading" before going to sleep as well.
It's worth noting that I came to this book because I have read all of the other books in this series, which is based on the charming, yet flawed, Gamache, as well as the villagers living in Three Pines (a place Gamache visits both for business and pleasure). However, this story stands on its own and could be a place for readers unfamiliar with Ms Penny to begin. The primary downside of starting with this one is that you learn the conclusion of a storyline that provides a cliffhanger in a few of the other books earlier in the series.
After eight other books giving voice to these characters, the narrator is flawless, delivering a convincing performance and doing the accents besides (it takes place in Montreal and other parts of Quebec, so there is a nice blend of French and English).
YES! The best so far. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and even though Penny ended it with a glimmer of hope Inspector Gemache might be back, I am absolutely satisfied if this is the last of the series.
He IS Inspector Gemache. I couldn't imagine any other reader being nearly as good.
Rivals the Preston/Child's Pendergast series both in characters and plot.
Chief Inspector Gamache vast depth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and his ability to understand people from murders to eccentric poets.
Loved the entire novel--series. The last chapter of this novel brought me to tears in part because it was the last book of the series--at least for the moment.
3 Pines, the Village that Time Has Forgotten.
A truly unique series which draws it plots loosely from real-life events and weaves them into unique stories centered around the village of 3 Pines I stumbled upon the series reading book 8 first and couldn't wait to go back and read the rest of the series in order. Just as I finished, I was delighted to learn book 9 was about to be released! My only disappoint is having to wait for another book.
Fantastic, per usual for Louise Penny. And the questions we have had have all been answered.
Definitely should read or listen to the books that preceded this one in order to fully follow the plot!
Had to stay up late to finish this book as the last hour was gripping, with all the interwoven plots coming together in the snows of Three Pines. Sad to think that an era may have passed, although Penny certainly leaves plenty of space available for further additions to the no-longer-Inspector Gamache series. The Three Pines characters, especially Ruth and Rosa, played very strong roles in this episode, and I was glad to see Agente Yvette Nicole brought out of her dungeon. The audio version featured, as always, the excellent narration of Ralph Cosham - he "is" Gamache, but also Ruth, also Gabri, also Clara, and even minor characters such as Gilles come to life through his amazing voice. At the end of the audio version there is also a short, interesting discussion between Penny and Cosham about his reading process. Highly recommend the whole series - I will be heading back to the beginning with Still Life soon.
BTW, I loved the line "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" so much that I searched for it - it comes from the poem/song Anthem by Leonard Cohen.
The Gamache series is one of my favorites. These books are some of the best written I've run across. They are obviously written for the more intelligent reader, but they aren't condescending - there is something here for everyone and Book 9 is no exception. I started out reading this series, but then got tuned into Ralph Cosham's narration and haven't turned back. There's a wonderful marriage here with his reading and Penny's text. I hope this isn't the end of the series. I think I saw a crack of light leaving a chance of more.