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Kingdom of the Blind

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
Lu par : Robert Bathurst
Durée : 12 h et 20 min
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The new Chief Inspector Gamache audiobook from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. 

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? 

When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. 

But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing. 

The investigation into what happened six months ago - the events that led to his suspension - has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip though his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception. 

Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. 

As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.  

©2018 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • Global
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  • MV
  • 29/11/2018

I found the experience very satisfying.

I agree with another reviewer that this book is more for old friends then new acquaintances. Since I am an old friend of the series, I am happy with the book. It feels like comfort food and I am satisfied. But it also feels like the last one. “Everything” was tied up at the end. If Louise Penny, like one of her characters said, is tired of the blood and death I for one can respect that.
One thing I am sure of, this will not be the end of Louise Penny as an author. If she takes Gamache and the other characters that she likes spending time with in a new direction I will be here waiting. If she moves on to another subject, I know it will be a pleasure to read. Many thanks for this book and all of the others before it.

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  • Blucola
  • 04/12/2018

Louise Penny never disappoints

Louise Penny’s books are ones I anticipate every year or so. Kingdom of the Blind did not disappoint me at all, this outing. I truly enjoyed this book. I don’t like to give spoilers, although I will say I have a great gasp at the end and began hoping like hell she’s already started the next.

Robert Bathurst is the perfect narrator. He conveys the warm Gamache voice without resorting to cringe-worthy depictions of the female characters, like some male narrators attempt. In fact, some passages he read I enjoyed so much, I back-tracked and listened to them again. I also appreciated that he didn’t rush through the words. Sometimes narrators will do this, making it difficult to visualize the scene, because my mind is already racing to catch up to the next words. Adjusting speeds only makes them sound stodgy and annoying. Mr Bathurst doesn’t do this, he enunciates clearly and with purpose. A very good performance, indeed.

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  • Kristina
  • 01/12/2018

Kingdom of the Blind

I always love the characters and the Gamache stories, however, this book was hard to follow almost to the very end. It was too gritty-rather disturbing. I personally prefer a story with more of a balance between joy and dispair.

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  • Wayne
  • 29/11/2018

I love this Canadian series!

The publisher summary gives this novel a nice setup. There are two plot lines; one is Gamache being named executor of the will of a woman he had never met or heard of while the other concerns finding the carfentanil that Gamache allowed to get loose in the prior novel. Robert Bathurst's narration is excellent as usual.

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  • Illinois Yarnlover
  • 06/12/2018

I'm Done with This Series

I've enjoyed most of the Three Pines novels and have been pleased with Robert Bathurst's performances but have had enough. There's nothing wrong with this novel in comparison to the thirteen that have preceded it, but I no longer find the characters and the mostly improbable situations in which they find themselves as engaging or entertaining as they once were. Delineation of most of the characters has become rote, so while circumstances may change for some, readers are left too often to surmise how they are or may be affected.

In addition, Ms. Penny needed an editor capable of steering her away from the use of repetitive phrases like the tediously overused :"junkies and trannies and whores", which occurs so often as to conjure up a ludicrous image of the inhabitants of the neighborhood in question trailing endlessly and aimlessly around en masse. To say the least, this made it hard for me to take seriously whatever else Ms. Penny had to say about addicts and addiction or the lives of Québécois transsexuals and prostitutes..

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  • Gramadge
  • 02/12/2018

Integrity still exists

Another wonderful story from Louise Penny. Enjoyed the familiar scenery and characters. Only bad part is waiting a year for the next one.

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  • Joan
  • 01/12/2018

Stale

The first eight or ten books were wonderful. The unusual characters, while sometimes over
the top, were refreshing as a change of pace kind of story. The last four or five books have been a chore to finish.
Found getting past the first chapter this time impossible. Every bit of life has been wrung from these folks and it is
time to move on to a new set. Louise Penny is a super author, but this has been pushed beyond the limit.

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  • Jean Sindhikara
  • 06/12/2018

The poorest of all her works

Unlike her earlier works, Kingdom of the blind was tedious to read. Neither of the two plot lines held my interest and the interaction of the characters dismally flat. To be sure, my negative reaction to the story was multiplied by the style of the reader whom I have not liked since he started being a reader for this series. Other than Gamache. the character’s voices did not project real voices, especially those of the women whom always seemed high and sweetly. I will be returning this audiobook without completing it and will preview any further books by Louise Penny, whose earlier novels I list among my all time favorites.

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  • Niki
  • 12/12/2018

Disappointed

This was just blah, I didn't even care if I finished it. I waited a long time to finally get to listen, and it just was not up to her standards.

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  • stl1111
  • 06/12/2018

Last Gamache book for me

I’ve loved all of these books and listened to most of them multiple times. I loved Ralph Coshen as narrator! The way he verbally portrayed the characters was perfect- he made them real and believable. Robert Bathurst is a very very poor replacement. I tried in the previous books to accept him-I truly did. But his interpretations of characters are so limited. No variety; no understanding of the characters; he’s awful. But this book is not as good either. In the author’s attempt to keep new readers informed, she rehashes everything that has ever happened. It wasn’t until chapter 12 that you begin to hear the story. And Bathurst reads all that rehashing in a sentimental, maudlin tone that is boring rather than clarifying. I don’t know where the author will go in the future, but to me, Gamache and cast are past their prime. Unfortunately, this is the last one for me.

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