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Glass Houses

Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 13
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 13
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Read by the series reader Adam Sims.

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

In the early days of the murder inquiry, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins, Gamache must face the consequences of his decisions and his actions, from which there is no going back....

Gripping, surprising and powerful, Glass Houses is the new ingenious and illuminating novel from number one best seller Louise Penny which will leave you spellbound until the last minute.

©2017 Louise Penny (P)2017 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)

"Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings." (Ann Cleeves)

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Another triumph from Louise Penny

I loved this book - and an excellent performance from the reader. So why not 5 stars? The previous Gamache book was so good, and this one, while excellent, doesn't quite make the same grade. But a 4 starred Gamache book is 10 stars from any other writer.

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Enthralling

Robert Bathurst beautifully conveys the enthralling characters who inhabit Three Pines. I have loved Louise Penny's books from the first novel I read. This is the first audio version to which I have listened. I will be listening to more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-09-2017

Best of the series

I savored this book over several days. i would listen two hours at a time and I must say that this one had me hooked.

Not once did I figure out the murderer until it was revealed. I thought back then and realized the clues were there but they were so subtle. I will take pleasure in listening to Glass Houses again.

Ms Penny is at the height of her craft. My only criticism is that when listening vs reading, it was slightly confusing about the time frame. I didn't always know if it was flashback or present. If I were reading I would have been paying a little bit more attention.

The reader is superb.

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  • S.J
  • 09-10-2017

To be savored!

Beautifully written, original, a thoughtful thriller with a central character to aspire to.
Brilliantly narrated. If only there were more...

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  • molly68
  • 03-09-2017

Mixed feelings

Would you listen to Glass Houses again? Why?

No. I enjoyed the story, but I really don't like Robert Bathurst reading these books. He's an amazing actor. I have so much respect for him, but for me this just isn't the right material for him. Maybe if I hadn't already heard Adam Sims reading the first few, it wouldn't be so disappointing. I loved Adam Sims narration of this series. He is Canadian and brings each character to life beautifully. Even hearing the difference between the French Canadian characters and the English speaking Canadians was valuable. He gave the books a sense of place that you just don't get with Robert Bathurst.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Bathurst?

Absolutely and if he reads the next, I will listen to it because I want to listen to the next Gamache book. If he was reading another story (not Three Pines) I'd love to listen to him narrating, I'd just far rather he wasn't reading this series.

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I love the characters in these books. I really enjoy the feeling of returning to Three Pines when I begin to read each new story. There's something remarkable about the juxtaposition between the comfort and feeling of home you get from the familiarity of the beautiful place, the warm characters, the cosy bistro etc. and the chilling, tense, angst ridden plots.

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  • TwinkleToes2day
  • 22-09-2017

Another winner

If you could sum up Glass Houses in three words, what would they be?

Gripping! Completely gripping!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Glass Houses?

The tenderness shown by Armand to Reine-Marie after she had discovered a murder victim.

Which character – as performed by Robert Bathurst – was your favourite?

Ruth Zardo =)

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

Listening to Armand talk to Isabel in the ambulance on the way to hospital and later when he visited her.

Any additional comments?

The interview at the end between Louise & Robert was a lovely treat; her manner is so genuine and relaxed, I felt like I could sit and chat to Louise for hours =)

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  • Tilehurst Sandra
  • 02-09-2017

WONDERFUL!

Brilliant, once again, and I had no idea who did it! Great writing, as always, thank you Louise for making me weep once again 👍🏻😍🤧

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  • julie
  • 02-09-2017

Extraordinary,compelling,compassionate

A totally brilliant book. Beautifully read. I have already listened to it twice and mourn the fact there is not the next one to read yet. A. masterpiece,
Julie West

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  • Princ8ss
  • 01-07-2020

Ahh the means never justify the end - law breakers

Why does this always happen, books, movies TV??? Why do the "Good Guys" have to resort to playing dirty, below the belt & break the Law for the "Greater Good".
The story & perversion of the characters (who go on to abuse & undermine the entire legal & justice system) is So INCONGRUENT with everything these characters have stood for. This story/book was a Mockery of the whole series. It happens time & time again in the "Crime/Murder Mystery" genre & it's a disgrace!

Thoroughly disappointed.
Also the 'meta-physical' stuff, which got really stupid in (the cruellest month - a book I didn't bother finishing) is just beyond ridiculous now. Serious broody cop & superstition....
Will listen to the next one as already bulk ordered with credits, but maybe time to retire,...
There have been some astounding books - then it dived off a cliff, into concrete ! !

Also the murdered woman, use to date her older sister's now husband & had a secret abortion, which he knew nothing about but the 2 sisters did. I'm sorry, I don't know any woman who would marry a man her sister had slept with. How seedy talkshow/tabloid trash is dropped in so casually is beggars' belief !
This book is a departure from class, humanity & sense 👎 A Big Thumbs Down.
Ahhhhh the arrogance of Gamache 🤦🏽‍♀️

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  • WallE
  • 14-12-2019

What would you do

I am writing this review because this was an excellent book however I had difficult start and couldn't quite capture the pace of the story and I had to leave it for a couple of months and come back to it.
I don't want to give away the plot but this more than a crime story and makes you ask yourself what would you do should you find yourself in a similar situation.
The writing is quite lyrical and evocative that you feel you are living in the village and know these people which Robert Bathurst ably brings to life.

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  • Helen
  • 21-09-2018

Nice trial scene

Good story but not her best book. A bit soft in parts. Less of fav characters more about new ones in the village.

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  • Ms. S. Smith
  • 10-07-2018

WRONG NARRATOR!

After listening to the whole series back-to-back I can only ask the publishers “what were you thinking? This series needs a Canadian narrator and one who can faithfully recreate the spirit and character nuances of the previous narrator. Don’t get me wrong, this guy would be fine narrating anything else but he is completely wrong for this series. If it wasn’t for the names, I wouldn’t have even recognised the characters I had come to love throughout the series. Surely they could have found a Canadian narrator somewhere? I had to force myself to listen to the last two books as I wanted to know how the story continued, but didn’t enjoy the experience at all. Here’s hoping the publishers either bring back Adam Sim or find someone with his sensitivity for the next book.

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  • Dee
  • 29-11-2017

wonderful listen

thoroughly enjoyed full series. yes it took a while to get used to different narrator, but once there the performance was excellent.
In addition the interview at the end of the book is well worth a listen.

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  • AmyAlice
  • 27-10-2017

Gamache 13

This is the latest (autumn 17) Gamache book from Louise Penny. This has all the usual characters, we are back in 3 Pines and Gamache is now head of the Surete. His wife finds a body in the Church and this plot runs parallel to the Surete's hunt for drug cartels.
Great series but for me this is not the best of them - didn't like the format of courtroom and then back in time to actual events - but this author is still worth listening to!

I found the narrator good and helped the story along - my only niggle was that for me 'Clara' is pronounced Clah -ra - to rhyme with tiara! not 'Clara' as in 'Claire' with an 'er' on the end! Like she's become a comparative adjective! But that's a personal thing. Worth a listen especially if you have been following Gamache et al from the beginning.