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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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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 04-22-14
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "My first Louise Penny book"

    Its always great to find an new ( to me) author who has written lots of books. Im going to go back to the beginning of the series " Still Life" I love the fleshed out characters, the expressive narration and the who dunnit that keeps you guessing till the end. I love books that teach you something along the way too...a little bonus without a lesson plan. All the references and short snippets of the Gregorian Chants are just marvelous. The main character is Inspector Gamache. He's a very subtle fellow, insightful, thoughtful...clever. The French dialogue here and there...also brings flavor.

    The Canadian equivalent to BBC has filmed a 2 hr movie based on the first book " Still Life" . The inspector is played by Nathaniel Parker who plays Inspector Linley in Elizabeth George's series. ( also fab)
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    Lisa 04-03-14
    Lisa 04-03-14

    Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!

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    "Somewhat disappointing!"

    I am a big fan of the "Inspector Gamache" Three Pines mysteries. I found the narration to be as fine as ever, however I had difficulty keeping the characters of the monks separate and I gave up trying to remember which monk was which and that ultimately spoiled this book for me! Stay with Three Pines!!

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    Calbell13 Wheaton, IL, United States 03-25-14
    Calbell13 Wheaton, IL, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful narration!"
    Where does The Beautiful Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best narration of any books I've read on Audible. The story is excellent, one of an amazing series.


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

    A great addition to Louise Penny's Armand Gamache series.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Armand Gamache


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Robert Placitas, NM, United States 12-04-13
    Robert Placitas, NM, United States 12-04-13
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    "Plodding"

    This book doesn't have the charm of previous Gamache books. A whole book in a monastery was a bit much and I guessed the killer right from the beginning. The story of his inspector John Guy just recently out of rehab and in love with Gamache's daughter made the book move and provided an exciting ending. Worth the listen.

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    Karen K 09-03-13
    Karen K 09-03-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Awful turn in a series I had loved"
    Any additional comments?

    I am so filled with irritation at how The Beautiful Mystery turned out, that I can’t get on with my life until I criticize it. It seemed endless and tedious but I could have gotten over that if it had resolved to my satisfaction. I was not enjoying the anxiety the presence of Gamache’s boss caused me. Not so much because of some particular plot element that could occur but simply because I feel uncomfortable when Gamache is not in charge of things. I was expecting something bad at every moment. But my biggest complaint was Jean-Guy, a character we readers had gotten close to. First I was feeling anxiety (and I don’t like anxiety) about wanting to get to the point when Annie and Jean-Guy told Gamache of their relationship. I actually felt great relief when I found out he knew. I thought at that point not far from the end that the book that things were about to take a turn, resolving all its issues to my satisfaction. And it would have been SO EASY for the author to do that. I’m so mad she didn’t do that!<br/> Beauvoir has always been his own worst enemy, but he was reaching new heights here – doing whatever was exactly the dumbest and most destructive thing possible. I suppose the frustration and anger I felt about this might be similar to what one would experience dealing with an addict in real life, but I don’t want to deal with that, in books or out. And to reward Gamache for all his goodness by having him fail at everything except solving the crime was such a betrayal by the author. Also we already dealt with Jean-Guy having a painkiller addiction and we moved on. I didn’t want to rehash that.<br/> Then of course there were all those monks/ religion and the discussion of the sexuality of monks (not something I want to know about). But what I disliked most about these monks were they were not believable characters. These are people who normally have a vow of silence. It was just lifted. And I am supposed to believe that all of them talk like Gamache – long and flowery and wordy. You ask one a simple question and you get long ramblings pages with intros like, “Have you ever fallen in love, Chief Inspector?” I think people who didn’t normally talk would have a lot less to say and wouldn’t say it like that. I think this about many Penny characters because a large percentage of them talk like this, but for monks under a vow of silence it is simply extra absurd.<br/> So bottom line, what a long tedious downer that whole thing was. Definitely worst in the series which I had previously liked very much.<br/>

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    carina 08-30-13
    carina 08-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Retired teacher

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    "What Can Happen in a Monastery?"
    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    I listened to this book twice. The first time I didn't get the full depth of being inside a place not many have seen or experienced. The second time I felt it. What I liked best was the real sense of what life must be like in a monk's world so removed from the outside and how the different personalities of the brothers all fit together.


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

    I wouldn't compare this book to another of Louise Penny's books or any other book. This one is truly unique.


    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 audiobooks with Ralph Cosham. This one is outstanding like all of the others he reads. He's the BEST.


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

    This was not a story that grabbed me the first time I listened perhaps because it was such a very different kind of setting. However, the second listen did keep my interest even though I knew the plot. There is a lot more to this book than just solving the mystery. Music lovers will appreciate and enjoy this story greatly.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending of this book was very difficult for me to hear and accept. Bouvoir is one of my favorite characters, and I adore the interactions between Gamash and Bouvoir. There has to be another book to follow this one to let us know where their relationship goes. I seem to be emotionally involved with these characters. I feel as if I know and care about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Castle Rock, CO 80109 United States 08-17-13
    Cheryl Castle Rock, CO 80109 United States 08-17-13
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    "Rocks your world"

    Louise Penny's intelligent and well-crafted mysteries are always thought-provoking and enjoyable, but this one reaches far down into the psyche and creates a building of dread and suspense that is far and above the previous installments.

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    RKNS 07-23-13
    RKNS 07-23-13
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    "Monotonal nightmare"

    Having read a couple reviews of the this book, I decided to try it on Audible, hoping it would, as is often the case, be even better and more interesting if read by someone with appropriate accents and intonations. And I did try to tolerate the reader, in hopes that improvement was on the way. But after about 2 hours of listening while awake, tolerate it I no longer could. Maybe it's just me, but this person's reading does not work.

    My favorite books are filled with the kind of historical detail found in this one. Louise Penny may well have written a fascinating story, but I will never know - this tediously read book will be deleted from my library.

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    Shellbin 07-18-13
    Shellbin 07-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this book"


    I would place it in the category of "will mean more if you've been following the series."

    It is a bit slow to get going - actually quite slow - however there is a mood to be set and such things take time. The basic story was good, but the thing that made the book truly great for me is how Penny has continued to develop her characters (in this book, Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir). At the point at which things come to a peak near the end, I was actually shaking with emotion - I'd become that involved!



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    Beverly 05-25-13
    Beverly 05-25-13
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    "Sad"
    Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Ralph Cosham?

    I have all the Chief Inspector Gamache Novels and have loved each of them. However, I am not sure I would read another because of the disappointing ending to this one. Certain ongoing characters are essential to the overall feeling of the books. The primary secondary character should be one that you can identify with and cheer for, and support. His character is definitely tarnished for me and I do not like the direction this book is taking.


    What could Louise Penny have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Provide a more positive outcome in the book.


    What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    Intriguing, engaging, enjoyable


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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