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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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    Robin Lindsey Boonville, CA USA 02-04-13
    Robin Lindsey Boonville, CA USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2017
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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!

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    Anne H Carmel Valley, CA 01-27-13
    Anne H Carmel Valley, CA 01-27-13 Member Since 2009

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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?


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    Damaris CATSKILL, NEW YORK, United States 01-08-13
    Damaris CATSKILL, NEW YORK, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2017
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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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    Pete H 11-26-12
    Pete H 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.


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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.

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