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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
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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Kingdom of the Blind

Written by: Louise Penny
Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
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Winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator

"[Narrator Robert Bathurst] engages us completely...If you haven't listened to this series, start at once. You'll love your stay in Three Pines." (AudioFile Magazine on A Great Reckoning)

Kingdom of the Blind, the new Chief Inspector Gamache audiobook from the number one 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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Gamache ... I mean Penny, does it again!

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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the best again

heart wrenching, intelligent and very well done. all the best loved character's with a twisting dual story line.

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French Immersion

I continue to enjoy the Gamache series although the narrator is making it more and more difficult. In case the series continues and if Mr. Bathurst is to keep narrating could he please be asked to take some French immersion classes. Unfortunately, I have little more than high school French yet I cringe whenever the narrator comes across anything in French. It’s a shame to show so little respect for a beautiful language.

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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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Another great book

It’s so fascinating to follow the evolution of the characters personalities and relationships while every time getting a good intrigue. I just wish the reader tried to pronounce the French words correctly!

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Excellent narrator BUT after listening to the series, I must agree with others that the ‘errors’ made in pronunciation are starting to make the audible experience less pleasing. The mispronounced word (French) make it difficult to understand what is being read. I love this series but wish the choice of narrator had been more thoughtful. You would think that part of the preparation would include a review of how to pronounce certain words. I have listened to the interviews between Louise Penny and the narrators and they seem to have had a good exchange but I wish she would have given consideration to requesting that the French words be pronounced differently (even with the English/British accent).

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great

Love the whole series
Worth reading again and again.
forcing me to add words to this review k
is ridiculous

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Generation after generation

The common thread of family runs through this story. It can be seen on so may different levels, and in so many different ways. As in most families, there are pros and cons to everything....

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Twists and Turns

A wonderful read once again. Fresh mystery with twists and turns and various plots at the same time. I also love the interjection of humour from the 3 Pines group especially Ruth and the descriptions of meals! I can smell, see, hear and taste this delicious series. Thank you Louise Penny and your choice of narrator, Robert Bathurst who has taken up the mantle from your previous narrator, who was also excellent! Can hardly wait for the next book!

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Loved it

Couldn't wait to return to the story. Ready to start the next book in the srries.

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