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Kingdom of the Blind
- A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
- Written by: Louise Penny
- Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
- Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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?
Gamache ... I mean Penny, does it again!<br />
- By Tina Fehr Kehler on 2018-12-12
Too slow to get started and reader does not work for a Quebec-based story
I was disappointed with both the pace of the plot and the character development. I enjoyed the book, to some extent, mostly because I was interested in the well-known characters.
The use of a reader with a British English accent, and the representation of characters by using British English regional or class-based accents, is distracting and condescending to Canadians, both English and French-speaking. It does not represent the country. Also, the book is set in Quebec, but the reader did not pronounce all the French words properly.
I realize that the readers for the previous Gamache books had British English accents, perhaps to distinguish the books’ location and characters from a U.S. setting, but if it was necessary to replace the former reader a more neutral accent / voice should have been found. A new reader should be found for the next book.
I am certainly not as excited about the next book in this series.