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A Great Reckoning

Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 12
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Summary

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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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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  • Kathy J
  • Staffordshire, England
  • 17-10-17

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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Great story.

I can't fault this story or the narration. The story was engrossing and I enjoyed the new narrator.
I think this is the best of the Inspector Gamache books, I've enjoyed them all however feel that the 'layers' of stories contained in this book is the most enjoyable.

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great story, wrong narrator

After so many books read by the same narrator it was difficult to recognise the characters. I missed the whole québécoise of it.

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Awful narration

After the excellent Adam Sims, Robert Bathurst is such a let down. Just read the book.

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Biased for previous narrator

Adam Sims did such a stellar job inhabiting the characters and bringing them alive from my first encounter with the series that I'm very biased. I couldn't enjoy this book as much as the previous ones and was quite disappointed with the performance. Over 12 volumes Adam's narration became how I see and know these people and places, so I can't be fair on the experience the new narrator provides. Who I'm sure, is excellent in his own right.

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Where O where is the wonderful Adam Sims?

I enjoyed the story as much as ever, but I’m afraid the new narrator does not cut it. Adam Sims had the characters, the French flavour and the atmosphere of Three Pines down to a tee, one could imagine oneself there. Suddenly it’s become too English and it doesn’t work.
Please can we have Adam back?

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Really don’t like new narrator

Have to read as book as a book
love these stories and love last narrator put such feeling and atmosphere into the stories great allrounder.
New narrator No no no
so sad loved listening to them

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I love her books but not the new narrator

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I love the Inspector Gamache series and I have been listening to all of them up to now. I have tried three times now to listen to this new narrator but stopped every time as I just can't cope with him after the brilliant Adam Sims. Don't get me wrong, I think Robert Bathurst's voice is great but just not the right one for this series. I don't like the way he is reading and emphasizing words. I think he would be perfect for narrating children's books though, because of his way of narrating. And making Olivier sound camp is really annoying! I have read the book instead and loved it!

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Wonderful as ever

I adore Louise's storytelling style, and I love Armand and all his friends and family. This latest book entertained me thoroughly, transporting me to Three Pines once again.

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  • bonny bookworm
  • 25-04-17

better and better

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

Not among the best even though Louise Penny's writing goes from strength to strength

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes indeed, this novel is extremely well plotted

Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Bathurst?

Possibly ...but I am too attached to the characters as created by Adam Sims to listen to another Gamache novel read by this new narrator...bought the book without realising the narrator had changed

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I cannot begin to describe my disappointment at the change of narrator...am really sorry I did not just read this novel..

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  • raen
  • 21-09-16

Fabulous

Another expertly written adventure featuring Armand Gamache, his officers and the villagers of Three Pines. I particularly appreciated the narrator's skill. Beautifully read! I recommend this series over any other.