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The Beautiful Mystery Audiobook
The Beautiful Mystery
Written by: 
Louise Penny
Narrated by: 
Ralph Cosham
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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    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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    Damaris CATSKILL, NEW YORK, United States 01-08-13
    Damaris CATSKILL, NEW YORK, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An Elegant Snare"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As you listen, you are unaware how enthralled you are until you have to stop to do something else.


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

    Wouldn't compare this work to any other, it's unique in style and pace.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely loved Mr. Cosham's performance, may have picked up some french due to him.


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

    The last few chapters were remarkable. Just when you think you've got it all worked out, you're wrong. The ending is powerful and unexpected, that's all I'll say about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to seeing her work transformed to the screen, especially with Nathaniel Parker selected to star.

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    R. Murphy 12-01-12
    R. Murphy 12-01-12
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    "Suspenseful til the very end"
    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    The main story line was so suspenseful. The description of the abbey, the monks, and their daily activities made me feel like I was there, too.


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

    Yes. There were many possible suspects and we learned about them and their issues a little bit at a time. It was hard to know when someone was lying to the police. Until the very end, I did not know who the murderer was.


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

    Yes, I listened to his reading of Still Life also written by Louise Penny. Mr Cosham's performance in both of these was excellent-smooth rhythm, consistent pronunciation, and it was always clear from his voice which character was speaking.


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

    Yes, but when I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much more than Still Life. Even though there were more suspects in this book, the characters provided fewer distractions, perhaps, as monks, they had so much in common.

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    Shari 11-26-12
    Shari 11-26-12
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    "The Beautiful Mystery, beautifully written."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beautiful Mystery to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle WARNER ROBINS, GA, United States 11-23-12
    Danielle WARNER ROBINS, GA, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Monks, Chants, Murder . . ."
    If you could sum up The Beautiful Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    Great Story Line . . . (is that really two words?)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Plot ties with the Setting, as so wonderfully described.


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

    Have not listened to another, however, I would do so. It was extremely well done.


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

    No, I wanted to savor the story.


    Any additional comments?

    A unique story, well written, and well told. A gem, and well worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Zillah, WA, United States 11-23-12
    Roger Zillah, WA, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Defiantly worth your time"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margie Waukee, IA, United States 11-14-12
    Margie Waukee, IA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating story with "beautiful" performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    First Cosham performance for me. I loved his voice.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm definitely going to listen to all available tapes in the Inspector Gamache series and check out anything else this author has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renea Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-14-12
    Renea Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A Wonderful Series"
    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    It was intriguing to find out more about the inner workings of a monastery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Bookwmn United States 11-12-12
    Bookwmn United States 11-12-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Another great story from Penny"
    Where does The Beautiful Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Hurrry up, Ms. Penny, and finish the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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