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  • The Brutal Telling

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 5
  • Written by: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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The Brutal Telling

Written by: Louise Penny
Narrated by: Adam Sims
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Publisher's Summary

When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives in picturesque Three Pines, he steps into a village in chaos. A man has been found bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive, or even the dead man's name. As Gamache and his colleagues start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues, they uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes, and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and points to a terrifying killer....

Look out for: Book 6 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, Bury Your Dead: As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city's oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries...a mystery Gamache must solve if he's to catch a present-day killer.

©2009 Louise Penny (P)2009 Hachette Audio

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Always a great story

Louise Penny never disappoints, great narration by Adam Sims. I would recommend this book to anyone who like crime mysteries.

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Wonderful

Absolutely wonderful. Louise Penny pulls you completely into Armand Gamache’s sûreté life and exciting murder solutions.

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Love the Canadian setting

Really enjoy Louise Penny’s series and this was another good one. It’s great to hear about familiar places and learn some more history of Canada as it’s woven into the story.
As an audiobook listener, the narrator is important and the narrator of this audiobook just doesn’t match my own understanding of the characters. I’m glad to hear a new narrator has come on board for new books.

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So unpredictable ...

Well done! Another good read for the collection. A story within a story within a story....

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Beautiful, as always

The beauty lies in the familiarity here. The feeling of being at home in Three Pines, feeling relaxed in Inspector Gamache's company, and Adam Sims narration. It's a good place to be.

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The Brutal Telling

Another excellent outing for Inspector Gamache. The plot was intricate and the expansion of the characters in Three Pines was a nice touch.

I thought it was interesting in this book that the Inspector 'lost' his English accent when speaking in English. Instead, we had a full time French accent. And 'ducks' don't fly in a vee formation to go south or come back north. Those are geese. I fault the editors of both the book and the narration for these 'misses' in continuity between books. I do intend to listen to Book 6 and I wonder if the English will be back. Hopefully we haven't permanently forgotten that Gamache studied at Oxford, where he learned English.

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love these books

these books are always entertaining and keep me hooked. the ONLY thing is occasionally the narrator trails off sentences and it's hard to hear the word at the end of! he sentences.

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Good story

Good story. the narrator is good but got quite soft in areas making it difficult to hear

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Slow start, but gets better, until you don’t want it to end

It begins merely interesting, but the development of the story, the settings, and the incredible trip that Gamache takes are so well written that it won me over. Couldn’t put it down.

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