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Read by the series reader Adam Sims.

Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.

When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed....

Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, A Great Reckoning is the new spellbinding novel from No.1 best seller, Louise Penny. 

Evocative and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction will stay with you long after you listen to the final chapter.

©2016 Louise Penny (P)2016 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)

"Supremely satisfying." (Observer)

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Another great Penny mystery

Where does A Great Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to all the Inspector Gamache series books on Audible.com.au and loved them all.

Did Robert Bathurst do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

All of the other books in the series were narrated by Adam Sims who does an extraordinary job of the characters and voices. Bathurst's reading style is different. He doesn't attempt the voices in the same way. His very proper British accent had me feeling I was listening to a beloved teen book from the early 20th century rather than a 21st century murder mystery. He made argument sound unimportant and evil sound tut-tuttable. It was disappointing after the previous books. I'm sure Bathurst is a great narrator but he's not suited to this genre or story location.

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What a disappointment

I really look forward to each new credit from audible so I can submerge myself in the next Inspector Gamache instalment. I have loved them all, and then came Book 12. After so enjoying the characters and accents of Adam Sims, this book sounds like Harry Potter, as narrated by Michael Caine, Sean Connery and a few assorted Londoners. Why replace a previous excellent narrator with one so unsuited to a story based in Quebec? The women sound alike, ridiculous and soppy, the beloved Jean Guy is totally devoid of personality and as for any suspense or tension that might be in the plot - completely MIA. I didn’t return the book because I kept thinking it might improve, but it never did. Sadly, I don’t think I could bear to listen to any more narrated by Robert Bathurst, pleasant though his voice may be.

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Wrong narrator

Why have a narrator that is so different from the previous man? It's the wrong author for this guy, his French pronunciations are terrible, made me want to stop listening straight away. I only finished the book because the story is great.

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I miss Adam Sims

I can’t tell who is who now. Everyone sounds the same. It makes me sad because now I can’t like the story as much.

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Goodbye Adam Sims. I'll miss you.

Overall, the story is as captivating as the other books. Though I found elements of the case solution to be uncharacteristically guessable, and with an annoyingly glaring plot hole.

The new narrator is ok, but lacks continuity with Adam Sims' excellent characterisations. Characters like Beauvoir have drastically lost or altered personalities in the transition. Much of the overall Quebecois/Canadian nuance is lost on the British narrator, who voices all characters in British and reads French phrases with unconvincing French pronunciation. Most female characters are voiced in the same way, except, thankfully, Ruth, whose voice is as delightfully caustic as before.

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  • Ann
  • 09-12-2017

Come back Adam Sims

What did you like most about A Great Reckoning?

Another great story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The new narrator may be technically perfect but he did nothing for the story. Its gone from being a very Canadian series to feeling like Im being read a bedtime story and any minute now "teddy will say goodnight to nurse and go to sleep"..such is the tone. I have loved all of the previous Louise Penny books on audible. This is my last. I will go back to print if this narrator continues.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The change of narrator made me feel like I had lost old friends and these were imposters.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed

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"Clera"

I love Louise Penny's writing, in particular this series. However, the narrator is so unlike the previous one, that I am unable to settle into the book, especially with Clara being called Clera. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high.

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Characters lost

The new narrator presents the characters very differently and it detracts from the story (for me). The female voices are the worst. Pronunciation of Clara’s name also a lowlight.

I googled the summary instead and will return the audio book. Such a shame.

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I feel like I've lost an old friend

How could the performance have been better?

I tried really hard to embrace the new narrator but in the end I was very disappointed.

I don't understand why it's read by a Brit and that everyone has an English accent. The narrator's French accent is terrible and his versions of Olivier, Gabry and Ruth are just awful. The Three Pines setting is completely redundant given the loss of any Canadian accent.

I'll continue to read Louise Penny because I love these characters and their stories but it will no longer be the same...

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Great Reckoning

I just love this author, so good on so many levels. Thought provoking, good story

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  • bonny bookworm
  • 25-04-2017

better and better

Where does A Great Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not among the best even though Louise Penny's writing goes from strength to strength

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes indeed, this novel is extremely well plotted

Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Bathurst?

Possibly ...but I am too attached to the characters as created by Adam Sims to listen to another Gamache novel read by this new narrator...bought the book without realising the narrator had changed

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I cannot begin to describe my disappointment at the change of narrator...am really sorry I did not just read this novel..

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  • raen
  • 21-09-2016

Fabulous

Another expertly written adventure featuring Armand Gamache, his officers and the villagers of Three Pines. I particularly appreciated the narrator's skill. Beautifully read! I recommend this series over any other.

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  • Caroline P
  • 05-10-2019

great story, wrong narrator

After so many books read by the same narrator it was difficult to recognise the characters. I missed the whole québécoise of it.

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  • Imola Unger
  • 30-05-2019

Biased for previous narrator

Adam Sims did such a stellar job inhabiting the characters and bringing them alive from my first encounter with the series that I'm very biased. I couldn't enjoy this book as much as the previous ones and was quite disappointed with the performance. Over 12 volumes Adam's narration became how I see and know these people and places, so I can't be fair on the experience the new narrator provides. Who I'm sure, is excellent in his own right.

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  • Perranmaid
  • 05-09-2016

3 Pines

What did you like most about A Great Reckoning?

I'm an avid fan of Armonde Gaumache and eagerly awaited this book. This is a very intriguing story and I'm sorry I listened to it so quickly. The characters are full of depth, warmth; even if one doesn't always show it. It's a real community , that sticks together . I could never have guessed this storyline. Intriguing til the very end.

What did you like best about this story?

As above

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Without spoiling it; the church.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In the church

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Over the years of listening to these books you really rely on the narrator for the extra touch. I am so used to the previous narrator that it took me a long time to stop picking faults with the narrator of this book, his accents and pronunciation . The previous narrator set the story and the characters for me. I still listen to them just for the naration as much as anything. As I don't have the books to know if Clara is spelt Claira? But I would repurchase a copy if done by previous narrator ....and I rarely relisten to any other authors. I do hope Gaumache continues for a while longer and has a narrator who does him justice.

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  • Mrs J E Emerson
  • 06-08-2019

Awful narration

After the excellent Adam Sims, Robert Bathurst is such a let down. Just read the book.

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  • Mrs Belinda E J Castle
  • 22-03-2019

Where O where is the wonderful Adam Sims?

I enjoyed the story as much as ever, but I’m afraid the new narrator does not cut it. Adam Sims had the characters, the French flavour and the atmosphere of Three Pines down to a tee, one could imagine oneself there. Suddenly it’s become too English and it doesn’t work.
Please can we have Adam back?

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  • Alice Mae
  • 14-06-2018

Really don’t like new narrator

Have to read as book as a book
love these stories and love last narrator put such feeling and atmosphere into the stories great allrounder.
New narrator No no no
so sad loved listening to them

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  • The Constant Gardener
  • 27-04-2018

I love her books but not the new narrator

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I love the Inspector Gamache series and I have been listening to all of them up to now. I have tried three times now to listen to this new narrator but stopped every time as I just can't cope with him after the brilliant Adam Sims. Don't get me wrong, I think Robert Bathurst's voice is great but just not the right one for this series. I don't like the way he is reading and emphasizing words. I think he would be perfect for narrating children's books though, because of his way of narrating. And making Olivier sound camp is really annoying! I have read the book instead and loved it!

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  • Kathy J
  • 17-10-2017

Another wonderful book

I liked everything about this book, as I have done with all the Gamache novels. Some are rather better, or more interesting to me, but they are all good reads. It took some time to get used to a different narrator, but that is only to be expected after all this time. The new voice didn't fit comfortably with me initially, but it became more familiar the more I listened. Robert Bathurst is a very good actor and, I believe, has made a very good job of what I imagine was quite a daunting task to take on.

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  • Vivienne Harper
  • 28-10-2016

Great story.

I can't fault this story or the narration. The story was engrossing and I enjoyed the new narrator.
I think this is the best of the Inspector Gamache books, I've enjoyed them all however feel that the 'layers' of stories contained in this book is the most enjoyable.

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  • Fee
  • 22-01-2021

Much better!

I didn’t enjoy the previous book and was concerned it marked the end of an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable, interesting series. This book was back on track so I’m on to the next!

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