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A Better Man

Narrated by: Adam Sims
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 15
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Read by the series reader Adam Sims.

A Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Year 2019.

Gripping and full of suspense, A Better Man is the spellbinding new crime thriller from New York Times number one best seller Louise Penny.

The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Sûreté du Québec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide.

Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks and a province-wide emergency is declared.

As the waters rise, a body is discovered - and the victim's distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself and is haunted by a question...what would he do, if his child's killer might walk free?

©2019 Louise Penny (P)2019 Ulverscroft Ltd

Critic Reviews

 "Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times." (Denise Mina)

"She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes." (The Times)

"The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary.... Miraculous." (Washington Post)

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Gamache has set a very high standard

I am broken-hearted to finish this last instalment in the series... it really has set a very high standard in entertainment value by my reckoning, and I was dismayed, upon returning to other authors and reading some of their newer series, to feel very dissatisfied and let down by the 'lightweight' calibre of story telling compared with Louise Penny's Gamache series. Definitely the absolute best series I have ever read, and I have been a bibliomaniac and bibliophile most of my life (now in my 60s).... I can only hope Ms Penny is able to create a new crime thriller hero or give Gamache an injection of fresh enthusiasm for protecting Three Pines for another few years at least! Highly recommend this series, it is FABULOUS!!

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Get the previous narrator back

I prefer the previous narrator, this guy is too dry and boring, it ruins a very good book.

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First audiobook - favourite series

This was my very first audiobook experience- just joined audible, so I was excited to see this very newly released book in the Inspector Gamash series set in and around the small Québéc village of Three Pines. While I still loved the book, and found the medium of an audiobook excellent for this story, it wasn’t one of the best in the series. It’s well written and the characters are engaging, but I think it’s hard to sustain such a long series. It breaks my heart to say that, as I really enjoy this delightful and thoughtful series- and eagerly await each new release. But I think there must be an end point, before they sort of drift to an end. Well worth a read, and while you could read this as a stand alone- you should go back to the beginning to discover the joy of Three Pines and the characters who live there. Perhaps Louise Penny, a lovely writer can discover a new story line - and a new series for her avid and devoted fans.

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Fantastic

The stories just get better with each book. Finishing each book and leaving Three Pines is like saying goodbye to best friends.

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OUTSTANDING STORY AND PERFORMANCE!

"A Better Man" ticked all the right boxes for me. I love all of Louise Penny's books but this one has become my current favourite! The story was complex with a number of different suspects but also the journey of Inspector Gamesh with the Surete is as riveting as the main plot. Amazing twists and well developed plot as well was some surprises at the end, great to see the familiar characters showing up again! Can't wait for the next one at Three Pines.

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A better man

Terrific story and narration, I’ve found it difficult to get into these books up until this one. I really loved it. Makes me want to go to Quebec. Great characters too. A bloody good read.

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  • SARAH
  • 28-08-2019

Outstanding

Another fabulous book from LOUISE PENNY. The story kept me hooked and thinking and plotting to the end. I am sad I will have to wait a while to re enter the world of three pines. I enjoy all the characters so very much. Best yet.

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  • Asisat L
  • 07-07-2020

I was such a Fan! But these books have cliff dived

Boooooo 👎👎👎👎👎 What happened, the character hypocrisy!!???; The "god-complex" high ground is drivel, run-down & just ruinous. Plus Sooo Boring. After 15 books, everything down to the pre-amble & descriptions feel recycled & stale. I'm forcing myself through these last two books, .... am not even sure why any more. These books/stories used to be amazing. Now they are tragically preachy awful, like being lectured or spoken at. Booooooo !!! 😕 What happened!!!! ☹😓😖

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  • kev dineen
  • 30-10-2019

Nowhere near her best in this series. Way too Agat

Nowhere near her best in this wonderful series. Too much like Agatha Christie. I had the culprit half way through and way to easily. Also, give the original narrator... he performed all the principal characters far better and with more intimacy

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  • Moonmum
  • 08-09-2019

Louise Penny at her best as always.

In my mind , Three Pines actually exists as do the characters that inhabit the village. I would love to meet Chief Inspector, Gamache, his family and friends. The personalities are real. The storylines amazing. I could go on .......and Robert Bathurst as narrator brings the whole thing alive. Will there be another in this series? I hope so.

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  • Kari Solvang Hope
  • 07-09-2019

Brilliant!

To read about Three Pines is like coming home...Penny manages to bring out new sides to the characters we think we know so well.