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Former chief inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career, and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that have been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.
When suspicion turns to Gamache himself and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets is poised to be revealed....
Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, A Great Reckoning is the new spellbinding novel from number-one best seller Louise Penny.
©2016 Louise Penny (P)2016 Little Brown
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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Allsopp on 03-02-2017

Another great Penny mystery

Where does A Great Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to all the Inspector Gamache series books on and loved them all.

Did Robert Bathurst do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

All of the other books in the series were narrated by Adam Sims who does an extraordinary job of the characters and voices. Bathurst's reading style is different. He doesn't attempt the voices in the same way. His very proper British accent had me feeling I was listening to a beloved teen book from the early 20th century rather than a 21st century murder mystery. He made argument sound unimportant and evil sound tut-tuttable. It was disappointing after the previous books. I'm sure Bathurst is a great narrator but he's not suited to this genre or story location.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 06-06-2018

What a disappointment

I really look forward to each new credit from audible so I can submerge myself in the next Inspector Gamache instalment. I have loved them all, and then came Book 12. After so enjoying the characters and accents of Adam Sims, this book sounds like Harry Potter, as narrated by Michael Caine, Sean Connery and a few assorted Londoners. Why replace a previous excellent narrator with one so unsuited to a story based in Quebec? The women sound alike, ridiculous and soppy, the beloved Jean Guy is totally devoid of personality and as for any suspense or tension that might be in the plot - completely MIA. I didn’t return the book because I kept thinking it might improve, but it never did. Sadly, I don’t think I could bear to listen to any more narrated by Robert Bathurst, pleasant though his voice may be.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Perranmaid on 05-09-2016

3 Pines

What did you like most about A Great Reckoning?

I'm an avid fan of Armonde Gaumache and eagerly awaited this book. This is a very intriguing story and I'm sorry I listened to it so quickly. The characters are full of depth, warmth; even if one doesn't always show it. It's a real community , that sticks together . I could never have guessed this storyline. Intriguing til the very end.

What did you like best about this story?

As above

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Without spoiling it; the church.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In the church

Any additional comments?

Over the years of listening to these books you really rely on the narrator for the extra touch. I am so used to the previous narrator that it took me a long time to stop picking faults with the narrator of this book, his accents and pronunciation . The previous narrator set the story and the characters for me. I still listen to them just for the naration as much as anything. As I don't have the books to know if Clara is spelt Claira? But I would repurchase a copy if done by previous narrator ....and I rarely relisten to any other authors. I do hope Gaumache continues for a while longer and has a narrator who does him justice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathy J on 17-10-2017

Another wonderful book

I liked everything about this book, as I have done with all the Gamache novels. Some are rather better, or more interesting to me, but they are all good reads. It took some time to get used to a different narrator, but that is only to be expected after all this time. The new voice didn't fit comfortably with me initially, but it became more familiar the more I listened. Robert Bathurst is a very good actor and, I believe, has made a very good job of what I imagine was quite a daunting task to take on.

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