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Glass Houses Audiobook

Glass Houses: A Novel

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"...the events in Glass House challenge Gamache's conscience unlike any of the previous audiobooks, with Bathurst prying open the hero's heart and soul and laying it bare for listeners to experience at a visceral level." — Audiofile Magazine

AN AUGUST 2017 LibraryReads PICK!

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.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping audiobook, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

©2017 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Jacqueline Jacobs 09-13-17
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    "Louise Penny..unparalleled"

    I have read all 13 of her books and had the privilege to hear her in person. She never fails to deliver: A great storyline, endearing characters, and mystery to the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-04-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning revelations, thoughtful police work."

    For most of the Three Pines series the characters and village overpower really good mysteries. (This is not criticism, because every book in the series features great mysteries and equally clever police work.) Glass Houses breaks the trend with the mystery unfolding, after the fact, in the trial of the murder. It is clever storytelling at its best.

    Inspector Gamache is now the head of Montreal police. This is another place Penny shines, by exposing Gamache's genius and discipline in police politics and investigation above his personality. We know from past novels he does not covet power. For the first time we are exposed to just how cunning and brilliant he is by how he runs the police force.

    A good murder mystery, a better police story, Glass House stands out as my favorite novel in the series. It is an extraordinary work.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Carol A Cavanaugh 09-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "glass Houses"

    Worth the wait. loved the introduction of the historical figure in black. Gives the story a"mysterious" twist .And. I love revisiting Three Pines with its serenity and familiar characters and all their "back stories"!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Arlene Olsen PROVO, UT, US 09-11-17
    Arlene Olsen PROVO, UT, US 09-11-17 Member Since 2007
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    "This wasn't one of my favorites"

    I have liked the Gamache series by Louise Penny, but I felt this one was a little back and forth, which confused me a little, but I still liked it.

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    "Complex, Nuanced, and Expertly Paced"

    This was truly a wonderful addition to what is a fascinating and endlessly entertaining series. it was a compelling story, and the story's structure and the jumping back and forth to different moments in time was masterfully executed. The readers uncover a new layer to Gamache slowly, page by page. Louise Penny's story-telling offers the readers smaller vignettes within the story that speak to the decency, compassion and virtues inherent in human lives and relationships. What begins with an investigation into a bizarre murder of a visitor in Three Pines takes the reader on a journey to medieval Italy, to the world of speak easies and the Prohibition Era, and through the courts during the course of a winding and complex murder trial. It was a wonderful read, and Robert Bathurst does an exemplary job of giving voice to the characters.

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    Olivia Ostrin 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another wonderful read"

    Louise Penny has created a community that I love revisiting in each of her books. The story is compelling, the issues are current, the characters well drawn and the mystery is suspense filled to the very end. Great narration and an interesting author interview at the end. Can't wait for the next one, thank you Ms Penny for hours of pleasure!

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    "So good!"

    I love these stories and these characters. With in minutes of finishing Glass Houses I was longing for the next book.
    The only crime novels that make you feel good.

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    William Michael Dunn 09-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Avery interesting penny novel"

    Well directed narrative from "front to back". Penny plays at a trial to tell the story though extended flash backs, which I found intriguing .the story is quite interesting but the characters steal the show as always. Entering the world of three pines is enjoyable and in this telling,exciting. Performance is excellent, book is suspenseful,characters are more than real, live a little and listen to the book. You won't be disappointed. Mike Dunn

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    Hilary 09-12-17
    Hilary 09-12-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Clever, thoughtful and a pleasure to read"

    Very happy to read Glass Houses, the latest treat in the Three Pines series of detective novels featuring Armand Gamache, his family and friends, his team at the Montreal Securite and the villagers of Three Pines. I cannot recommend these books highly enough, but do not expect fast action adventure style crime. They are clever, thoughtful, meticulously planned and the prose is a pleasure to read.

    The crimes addressed in these books vary between those that result from personal situations, but others recognisable as directly associated with the harsh effect of breakdowns in society or political actions in our modern world.

    Glass Houses deals with the unavoidable fact that police forces worldwide are losing the battle against organised crime. They face a never ending war against criminals with vast resources of power and wealth behind them, and informants and spies at every level of society. I found this book hard to put aside, because it is very tense and I was concerned for many of the characters, but it has proved one of the very best in the series.

    As the books progress the characters grow a little older, go through various life experiences, good, bad, funny or sad and we are drawn in effortlessly to share them and to care about them. Not caring in a sentimental way, these characters are realistic, down to earth and straight talking. They are endearing because we can find parts of ourselves in most of them, not just the best, but maybe among the scared, lonely, angry, sweary or grouchy bits.

    In each book Louise Penny introduces new intriguing facts about some unusual aspect such as about Canadian life, international tradition, or a particular trade to add to the general enjoyment and this book is no exception, but I will not spoiler.

    The narrator, Robert Bathurst is excellent. His reading is clear, conveying the essence of each character well, he adds to the pleasure of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    frs 09-11-17
    frs 09-11-17 Member Since 2009
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    "13th Book Outstanding!!!"

    Both the story and performance were over the top. Can't wait for the next one.

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