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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
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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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Louise Penny

Louise Penny’s books feed the soul. I am grateful for her world full of though.

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Gamache ... I mean Penny, does it again!<br />

Who wouldn't want to go back to 3 Pines?! Brilliant continuation of her last novel. As a Canadian, it is a pleasure to read a book reflecting the world of winter in which we live...and die.

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  • Kristina
  • 2018-12-01

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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  • MV
  • USA
  • 2018-11-29

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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2018-11-29

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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  • Tim
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 2018-12-06

Superb Writer. Weak Plot. Dreadful narration.

This series is a franchise and like all franchises, books or movies, it is hard to keep it going.

This book is a follow up to Book 13, a weak novel at best. If it were not for this writer’s skill with a pen and for the hoards of loyal lemmings, you would not see such high ratings.

The plot is just crummy, tiring, predictable, and amazingly... boring.Those who have read and enjoyed all of her Gamache books from the beginning have enjoyed one of the finest writers in North America. Here is an example of why it is unwise to just glance at the ratings without reading the written reviews. Readers who make time to share their thoughts are the true source of honesty, unlike those who mindlessly hit 4 or 5 stars and believe they are describing what they have read.

It is still worth a credit, but if you’ve been along for the ride, expecially the first 10 to 11 books in the series, it’s getting harder to part with credits.

The reader, and trust me “reader” is a compliment, is just awful. This series is so rich with wonderful and unique characters begging for their own voices (as they had in the earlier novels) listening to this person is downright offensive.

It is possible that this was the last in the franchise, but if Ms Penny goes back to the well again, my thirst may have been quenched.

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  • Joan
  • Hillsboro, OR, United States
  • 2018-12-01

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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  • Blucola
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • 2018-12-04

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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  • Gramadge
  • 2018-12-02

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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  • Jackie Ann Williams
  • 2018-11-30

So disappointed with narrator

I am a diehard Gamache fan. I have listened to all books 3 times now and have been anticipating the next installment like many of you have. The story was good but I cannot listen anymore to the narrator Penny has chosen to take over from original. I mean, he's an Englishman for goodness sake and Gamache is French Canadian! Also the narrators delivery is too abrupt and he almost sounds angry throughout the book. I wonder if Penny listens to her audible books. It was hard for me to connect with the characters who once felt like old friends. I know we will never have the original narrator again, god bless him, but in my opinion we can get closer that what we have now. If another comes out I will read instead of listen as I do love Penny's work.

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  • JMM
  • 2018-11-29

Tedious and disappointing

I have been a faithful reader of Louise Penny and Three Pines. I loved the richness of the characters but this one is just plain boring and tedious. Way too many characters that I really didn't care about. What they had to do with the original characters from Three Pines baffled me. The story did not have the richness of previous books. I feel as if she is filling her recent books with possible plots for future books which many authors do but it is not successful for her. Too much going on and nothing to really care about. Will give up this series unless there is a major improvement.

I do not enjoy the narrator. He seems to be as bored as I was with the material.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Bridgewater,VA
  • 2018-12-07

Still like visiting old friends!

I love how this book has the same twists and turns, dreams and goals and a flirtatious nature about it. I feel like this might be the last in the series as the ending seemed like it. I hope there will be more.

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