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The Beautiful Mystery Audiobook

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Mystery, 2013

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times best-selling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

©2012 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    TravisD 02-28-13
    TravisD 02-28-13 Member Since 2007

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    "I Could've Screamed"

    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.

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    Jean-Ann Grand Blanc, MI, United States 02-27-13
    Jean-Ann Grand Blanc, MI, United States 02-27-13

    Jean-Ann

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    "Hard Choices"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beautiful Mystery to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A voice for the inner wondering of these characters and his wonderful reading of the Quebecois phrases that make the stories unique and authentic.


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    Mary Quincy, MA, United States 02-20-13
    Mary Quincy, MA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You can feel the peace of the Abbey"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beautiful Mystery the most enjoyable?

    The readers voice tone was perfect for this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although it was a murder mystery there was no explicit violence.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Th correct pronunciation of Quebec and Montreal!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just thoroughly enjoyed with a restful pace and tone.


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    Elizabeth United States 02-15-13
    Elizabeth United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Mystery hound

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    "Louise Penny is a great discovery!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beautiful Mystery to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Reader of her mysteries is fabulous and handles French accents well. I can't imagine liking Gremache so much without this reliable portrayal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Took place outside Three Pines for a good variation on the series, and appealing historical/musical context.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always reliable, but he owns this series!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Penny's Gremache series always makes you think about psychology and ideas larger than "who dunnit."


    Any additional comments?

    One of my all time favorite series and this a great addition.

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    Robin Lindsey Boonville, CA USA 02-04-13
    Robin Lindsey Boonville, CA USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Most excellent story and the reader is fine."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but try to read in order.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beautiful Mystery?

    Lots of things to learn in Louise Penny's books


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, he is a new reader to me, but fine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to listening to others.

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    Christopher HURLOCK, MD, United States 02-03-13
    Christopher HURLOCK, MD, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book with a poor ending"

    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.

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    George Sonoma, CA, United States 02-03-13
    George Sonoma, CA, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't listen long enough to rate the story"
    What disappointed you about The Beautiful Mystery?

    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.


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    gkbowood 01-30-13
    gkbowood 01-30-13

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    "Keeps you guessing all the way!"
    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    BIG surprise in this one...I don't like spoilers so that's all I will say.


    What other book might you compare The Beautiful Mystery to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everything has a Double Meaning!


    Any additional comments?

    So looking forward to the outcome of the changes that occurred in the finale of this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne H Carmel Valley, CA 01-27-13
    Anne H Carmel Valley, CA 01-27-13 Member Since 2009

    Anne H.

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    "The Best Yet in the Gamache Series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the complexity and many-layered study of human behavior.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 01-26-13
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    "I missed the Three Pines residents"
    Would you listen to The Beautiful Mystery again? Why?

    Maybe after a few years, I don't like to reread books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Louise Penny before, how does this one compare?

    It was a good premise and I thought the details of the monastic life were interesting, however, it felt like a bridge to the next book. The ending was very much a cliffhanger. I really missed the usual cast of Three Pines characters.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to all of the Louise Penny novels, which he reads. He is superb.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hmmm, not sure if moved me is the right way to put it, but the whole situation with Jean Guy relapsing was quite intense. I felt very frustrated that the Superintendent was able to play him so beautifully. But he's not thinking clearly in this situation, is he?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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