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  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found the experience very satisfying.

  • By MV on 11-29-18

Familiar and yet, completely unexpected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Kingdom of the Blind is the 14th in the 'Gamache' series and as such, it feels very much like reconnecting with old friends. However, were are not combing over the same old ground here! Ms Penny is able to combine those feelings of warmth and familiarity with completely unexpected events. The main thrust of the story is the tail end of the tragedy that was the finale of 'Glass Houses' and is deftly interwoven with another mystery.
Ms Penny manages to keep the characters fresh and engaging and throws in a few twists that I absolutely did not see coming! The 'zinger' at the end was definitely unexpected.
Robert Bathurst continues to do a stellar job of the narration. He gives Gamache a real 'quiet authority' as befits the Chief. Recommended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,606
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,433

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Dreadful Narration!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Dennis Quaid's narration of this is absolutely appalling! It sounds like its being narrated by an army drill sergeant!
I love James Patterson's writing and I'm intrigued by Bill Clinton's input so I will buy the print edition, but honestly, don't waste your time with the audio version.

434 of 491 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,765

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Another Winner from Louise Penny!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! The story line was completely compelling and Robert Bathurst does a fantastic job with the narration.

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

I was constantly on the edge of my seat. There were so many twists and completely unexpected events that I was absolutely riveted from the get go.

Which character – as performed by Robert Bathurst – was your favorite?

Mr Bathurst does a wonderful job with all the characters but his Ruth Zardo is absolutely priceless!!

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

Yes - and I did! 13 and a half hours straight through!

Any additional comments?

The bonus material was a nice touch, particularly the interview between Robert Bathurst and Louise Penny. It gave a great insight into the creative and interpretive processes that each of them follows.

  • All the Missing Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Ms. Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,849

It's been 10 years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne's case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. The decade-old investigation focused on Nic; her brother, Daniel; her boyfriend, Tyler; and Corinne's boyfriend, Jackson. Since then only Nic has left Cooley Ridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stay with it

  • By Amber on 07-03-16

Not really for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I see what the writer was trying to do with the idea of 'writing in reverse' but it didn't really work and just felt disjointed. Just tell the story as it happened.

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

This is the first Megan Miranda book I've listened to, I'm in no great rush to repeat the experience.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Her voice sounds nasal to these ears and her male character voicing was an unnecessary distraction.

Was All the Missing Girls worth the listening time?

Not for me. There are far better books with far better narrators out there. Try 'Girl on the Train' for a well crafted, modern murder mystery.

  • A Great Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,745

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Three Pines

  • By Lisa K. Dillon on 09-05-16

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Expertly crafted, beautifully narrated drama. Louise Penny never fails to disappoint with vivid characters and compelling storytelling and Robert Bathurst brings the characters to life perfectly.