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How the Light Gets In Audiobook

How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

"There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in." (Leonard Cohen)

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him.

When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines? And at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

©2013 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 09-12-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 09-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "The best Penny yet."
    What made the experience of listening to How the Light Gets In the most enjoyable?

    The entire story was well woven and the mystery remained a mystery for a long time.
    The characters were people I knew from Louise Penny's previous books and altogether, this was a fabulous listen.


    What other book might you compare How the Light Gets In to and why?

    I had no books to compare this other than Louise Penny's previous books, as her writing style and material are uniquely Canadian. I found this the best listen yet of her books, though I loved the one about the monks.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I hate picking favourite scenes- just buy the book and listen.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I actually relished coming back to it over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is very talented and I am hooked on her! Inspector Gamache is someone I feel I know. I love Rosa the duck and crazy Ruth.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 09-03-13
    Bonny 09-03-13

    Addicted to books, both print and audio-.

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    "Six stars!"

    I hesitated in buying this, because I didn't finish the last Gamache mystery; it just didn't interest me. This one, though, is gripping and nearly impossible to stop listening to. Louise Penny has done a beautiful job of plotting, weaving the two plots together, and cutting back and forth between them. She has struck a great balance of Gamache, the mysteries, and the Three Pines people. I love that Penny continues to develop the Three Pines characters. Going deeper into their pasts, as well as into the characters of Gamache and his team, is a major strength of the series.

    This is the first Louise Penny mystery I've listened to; I read the rest of them, except for the last. Ralph Cosham is as close to a perfect narrator for these books as I can imagine. Now, of course, I need to see what else he has done. I love finding a great narrator!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    IceDancingKaren California 09-09-13
    IceDancingKaren California 09-09-13

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    "She's done it again - only better!"

    This is Louise Penny's best book to date. I loved it! I was thrilled that the good inspector is back in Three Pines, with all the 'usual suspects.'

    There are multiple stories in this novel, but they are relevant, compelling and completely engaging.

    I don't know how Ms. Penny's does it, but she's topped herself this time. A must read if you are a Penny fan or just a devotee of a fabulously written mystery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 08-31-13
    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best yet in this outstanding series"

    The only bad thing about an Inspector Gamache mystery is that writing this good takes time! I bought this the day it came out, started it a day or two later, stayed up half the night, finished it in about 24 hours. Now I have wait just about forever for another Louise Penny book.

    A one-sentence summary of the entire series:
    On her website, Louise Penny says that the one thing she wants readers to take away is this: "Goodness exists."

    WARNING: You absolutely MUST read this series in order, or the characters and situations will not make sense. One reason readers keep coming back for more is that the books are built around "real" people who grow and change, suffer serious consequences for bad decisions, enter and break relationships, develop some very odd eccetricities.

    This volume finds Inspector Gamache involved with a death in Montreal that takes him back to Three Pines in the Christmas season. His carefully built detective division has been dismantled, cutting him off from his usual cade of hand-picked associates. Conspiracty, frustration, sadness and anxiety pile up as Gamache tries to untangle historical threads on several fronts.

    As for the narration, it is unthinkable that anyone but Raoph Cosham could read a Three Pnes story -- he IS Inspector Gamache!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 08-29-13
    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Cookie

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    "This may be the best yet"

    If you have enjoyed this series, this ranks right up there with Still Life and A Rule Against Murder (well, they are all my favorites). This could be a stand alone novel, but I think it may be best to savour them one at a time in order. The joy comes with getting to know and love your friends as you listen to these books. I was shocked to find out in the closing interview that Ralph Cosham reads these books cold and unpracticed, his narration is a masterpiece. My only disappointment is that after months of waiting, I did listen to this one in a day (painting my house, I made great progress), and now I have to wait for the next one.
    Terrific storyline and a great ending, tight and awesome story telling, LP has hit it out of the park again. Make a cup of tea (or get the paint brushes out) and enjoy!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-04-13
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "A lovely book in a wonderful series."

    I'm not sure why I'm so hooked on this series, but I am. I love the writing style. I love it that they're set in Quebec. I love the quirky characters and that small town vibe. All of it together is just magical.

    I've enjoyed every book in the series, but this one is really terrific. There's a flow to it that keeps you so engaged from beginning to end. It's the kind of book you want to listen to again the moment it's over.

    It's hard to know what to credit more - Ralph Cosham's narration or Louise Penny's writing. Cosham is simply the perfect choice for this author. He IS Gamache. Then again, Penny has created these wonderful, complex characters that Cosham gives voice to. Without them, he would not have a vehicle. Together, they're splendid.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 08-31-13
    Deborah 08-31-13
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    "The best yet!"

    Thank you, Louise Penny, for writing the most riveting, moving, suspenseful, and beautiful book of the series, and thank you for ALL the books in this series. Thank you, Ralph Cosham, for bringing these characters to life in my head with such skill and care. How I love them all! There are moments when I held my breath in fear and moments when I laughed out loud. Thank you both for creating a world and a group of people whom I feel honored to know and to have spent so much time with. It was time well-spent. But now the book is over - what'll I do now? Guess I'll just have to start the series over again! For those just discovering the series -- read them in order, PLEASE! You'll enjoy them so much more as you get to know the characters and hear the plot lines develop from book to book. I envy people just discovering Three Pines for the first time -- lucky you to have stumbled into this magical little village. Enjoy!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    P.K. 08-30-13
    P.K. 08-30-13
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    "Wonderful series."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing is wonderful and the story offers an interesting glimpse into the corruption of power and the power of compassion.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is excellent, however, I think it is made richer by reading the previous books in the Three Pines series. This would give the listener a deeper understanding into the nuances and hearts of these wonderful characters. Louise Penny's books are a reading and listening pleasure!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-19-15
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-19-15 Member Since 2011

    History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

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    "One of my Favourite Series....."

    The whole series is good, the imagery of Three Pines lives on in my mind....think I'd like to live there if it existed and minus the murders....;). Every character is slightly enigmatic and grumpy Ruth never fails to make me laugh which is unique in a murder mystery series. Thumbs Up for this one and the rest of them.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-29-14
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-29-14 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "This may be a good book..."

    it may even be a great book, but the narration is so muddled and garbled that I will never know. I suspect that the recording was poorly done because Ralph Cosham narrated Still Life and it was well done.. To be clear,, the narrator is not at fault.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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