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Publisher's Summary

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. His boundless sense of adventure and vivid imagination mean he has a tendency to concoct stories so extraordinary and so far-fetched that no one can possibly believe him.

But when Laurent disappears, former Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

So begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. And what Gamache uncovers deep in the forest leads back to crimes of the past, betrayal and murder, with more sinister consequences than anyone could have possibly imagined....

From number-one best seller Louise Penny comes an ingenious, powerful and thrilling title that will hold you in its grip until the final word.

©2015 Three Pines Creations, Inc (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Clever, full of twists and turns, a wonderfully satisfying - and moving - addition to Penny's atmospheric, distinctive series." (Kate Mosse on How the Light Gets In)
"Subtle, elegant and beautifully written." (Sunday Mirror on How the Light Get In)
"Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with." (Metro)

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Ruined by narrator!!!!!

What would have made The Nature of the Beast better?

The late Ralph Corsham WAS Armand Garmache and his readings of the books was masterful. It was such a change from the usual crime novel genre. This narrator is absurd! He cannot pronounce the French names - this is set in QUEBEC! But worse, he makes the story sound like any old crime fiction, reading passages breathlessly to induce tension and suspense - laughable. The magic is gone - I couldn't bear to listen to the end! I cant believe Audible (Louise Penny ???) chose such a dissimilar narrator!<br/><br/>The most shocking thing is that Ralph's readings have now all been displaced by this narrator's! Poor people who havent downloaded the previous versions. But I guess, the difference was too glaring - making the replacement of all readings of Louise Penny's Inspector Gramache books with narrator necessary.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Sims’s performances?

absolutely not

Any additional comments?

Very sad!!!!

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  • alice
  • 09-01-15

my favourite author.

loved it as much as the others. can't wait for the next one! I don't often read a book twice, but have done so with all of these.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Cawley
  • 12-20-15

Brilliant

I have loved every single book in this series. All different and yet all with the power to make me think beyond the story. I thoroughly recommend these books.

The narration is worthy of the author - an exceptional combination.

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  • sarah
  • 06-24-16

What a narrator!!

This book is an excellent addition to this series. I thought the narrator made it even more excellent, with distinct voices for every character and beautiful pacing.

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  • Anne
  • 10-03-15

I miss Three Pines already!

I love this series. This one was just as good as all the others. Another year until the next one!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Moonmum
  • 08-11-17

Excellent. I was sorry when it ended.

Perfect narration by Adam. Many twists and turns. If only Three Pines was real. Now moving swiftly on to the next book in the series.

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  • Jinglekitties
  • 08-25-16

compelling but ultimately implausible

story line, perhaps with too many strands, but still very worth listening to, like all the Gamache novels.

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  • KieronRiley
  • 01-03-17

Shocking

How on earth people have made it through this book is baffling. The most boring and confusing book I think I've ever started to read. It's mainly set in an amateur dramatics club and it's just so odd and just plain confusing! The blurb is totally unrelated and a massive let down. I've actually returned the physical book shop. Huge disappointment.

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