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    The first audiobook which appeared in Georges Simenon's famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.

    Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands. But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man. His firm muscles filled out his jacket and quickly pulled all his trousers out of shape. He had a way of imposing himself just by standing there. His assertive presence had often irked many of his own colleagues.

    In Simenon's first novel featuring Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy bars to luxury hotels as he traces the true identity of Pietr the Latvian. Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.

    David Bellos is Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University and has won many awards for his translations including the Man Booker International Translator's Award (2005).

    ©2013 Georges Simenon (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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    "Compelling, remorseless, brilliant" (John Gray)
    "One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.... Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories" ( Guardian)
    "A supreme writer... unforgettable vividness" ( Independent)

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    • Adeliese Baumann
    • 19/11/2014

    Long live Maigret

    I've been disappointed with so many new, highly acclaimed books lately that I find myself turning back to the classics once again. (As usual, curmudgeon that I am). Now I'm working my way back through the Simenon canon and enjoying every minute. I'd almost forgotten how much I loved Maigret! A big, strong, man of few words who can take a bullet and keep on working, never complaining or blaming. For me, that's old school sexy and I'd like to see it come back into style!

    The stories are edgy, sometimes raw, and always realistic. Paris is not idealised as it is so often, but shown with all its flaws and very much anchored in that particular postwar time. Simenon knows how to choose just the right detail in his description, saying volumes in a simple but compelling observation. Such simplicity is a great gift, and much appreciated.

    In short, you can't go far wrong. The translation is good, the story fast-paced and interesting, and Gareth Armstrong has fantastic pacing, a beautiful voice, and gives us an excellent narration. May you enjoy taking a trip into the old days with the unforgettable, highly original character that is Maigret.

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    • Kathi
    • 03/03/2014

    First of the Maigret books--well narrated

    Georges Simenon, a Belgian writer in early 20th century, wrote many novels--perhaps most notably the Commissaire Jules Maigret series. Maigret is a detective in the French police, and he seems to find his criminal without using the customary procedural methods, but just following his own instincts.

    In this book, the first in the series, Maigret is seeking a criminal who eludes him most cleverly. He seems to appear everywhere, only to be elsewhere instead. It begins with Maigret examining a body in the lavatory of a train, who looks like the man he is chasing, but he finds that Pietr has escaped, which begins his pursuit of him in many cities.

    The writing is plain, lacking some of the exciting twists and turns of later detective stories, but fun because Simenon has created a character with a distinct personality (his pipe, his hat, his individualized way of pursuing his adversary). He tends to seek "the crack in the wall," meaning he uses a bit of psychology--waiting until he can observe his criminal in a way that shows the parts the man would not have liked to reveal about himself.

    This is a very good translation of this book. And the narration is excellent. Recommend to those who enjoy books from the early era of detective fiction.

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    • 08/12/2016

    I know this is a classic, but I just don't get it

    Millions love Inspector Maigret, so when I was browsing for something to listen to, I thought: this must be a sure bet. Instead, I ended up with possibly the most boring book I have encountered in years. The plot was completely uninteresting, involving characters I could not care about. Most of the book involved descriptions of Maigret getting wet: by being out in the rain, or walking in shallow water on a beach - uncomfortable for him no doubt, but not really that interesting for me. I did listen to the end but only because: I was on a trip and downloading a new book was difficult, and the narrator was terrific. Perfect voice for the genre and he really worked hard, though ultimately in vain, to make the story interesting.

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    • John
    • 27/07/2020

    Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. Wow.

    I am grateful that I never watched any of the myriad film or TV versions of Maigret, thereby avoiding preconceived notions, actors’ interpretations, or secondhand imagery. This is a stunning book, compact and forceful, from the tightly condensed plot to the prose that drives that plot forward. And Gareth Armstrong’s performance does both full justice. The best news? Audible has 63 more, all with Mr. Armstrong at the mic.

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    • skysewblue
    • 12/10/2016

    Lost in the translation

    What did you like best about Pietr the Latvian? What did you like least?

    I listened to the whole book. Nice performance. But the plot was hard to follow and I never understood or really cared about any of the characters. There was a nice twist at the end that tied up a lot of loose ends but it wasn’t enough for me to want to read another of his books.

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    • Marco Antonio Lara
    • 16/10/2015

    How Georges wrote his stories

    Georges had a very structured approach in writing his stories, adhering to a formula in writing much of his work. Living on a houseboat, he might research his story over a long, if fragmented duration. When ready to start the story, he might type the tale sitting outside (presumably weather allowing) on his boat. The writing of the novel would occur over a roughly two week period, typing each morning three hours from 7 to 10 o'clock. Each day, the work would thus advance maybe a chapter a day, with the conclusion and plot structure not determined until actual composition.

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    • Ann
    • 07/10/2016

    Great Mystery!

    Great mystery! Truly inspired narration plus a great story makes this a fantastic listen! Can't wait to download the next in series!

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    • Elizabeth Kushigian
    • 14/11/2020

    Very Offensive

    If you like a macho detective, hysterical women, and Jews portrayed as stinky and smelly, this author is for you. And no, I don't consider the bygone era a valid excuse.

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    • Neal
    • 04/10/2015

    Real crime here is the English accent narration

    Has Pietr the Latvian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No this genre, but certainly this Audible series as they are all narrated in an English accent

    What didn’t you like about Gareth Armstrong’s performance?

    Mr Armstrong is a wonderful narrator. But Audible should have chosen someone with a French accent to narrate this French story. This was like listening to Sherlock Holmes with a Spanish accent.

    Any additional comments?

    Why in the world would Audible take a classic French detective series and have it narrated with an English accent? So much of the atmosphere and locality is completely missed when the characters of a French detective novel speak with English accents (except, oddly enough, the Latvian).

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    • Steve
    • 17/03/2021

    Just eh.

    This is a story about a hardworking methodical cop. It's not a whodunit. There's no big mystery to be solved. It's not even a police procedural. Just a tough dedicated cop doing a lonely job.
    I would not characterize this as a mystery at all really.