Bury Your Dead : Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines

  • by Louise Penny
  • Narrated by Adam Sims
  • Series: Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines
  • 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Steeped in luscious atmosphere, brimming with the suspense and wit that have earned Louise Penny a massive global following, Bury Your Dead is the most ingenious suspense novel of the year.

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What the Critics Say

"Murder, an attractive detective, and terrific atmosphere . . . Impressive." (The Times)
"Magic . . . an elegance and depth not often seen." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ingenious." (Guardian)
"Shudders and suspense . . . terrific." (Time Out)

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Did not live up to expectations!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, considered several times deleting it, but ploughed on. Read great reviews, but this book had way too much going on for me to keep track of. Might be better if read. Way too many characters - 25 - 30 people, probably about 4 or 5 main characters. Too many irrelevant side stories. Too much Quebecois history shoved down your throat, and I've even been there, so probably a bit more appreciative than the average listener. The history would be more acceptable if you were say a high school student in Quebec, but it's local history, and not really something outsiders have more than a passing interest in. It's almost like the book had a political statement to make as well because many Quebecois people want independence from Canada, and this was very very evident in the book, to the point where it annoyed me.


What could Louise Penny have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut out all the irrelevant side stories, and instead of their being two murder cases plus the police situation at the beginning, which continually reappeared throughout the novel (and this to-ing and fro-ing time wise threw me out on a few occasions), just stick to one thread.
This should shorten it, which it desperately needed.


Have you listened to any of Adam Sims’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But he was excellent I thought, and did the accents well.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, hardly made it through the book.


Any additional comments?

Wish I hadn't bothered with it. Dragged on, and bored me for the most part.

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- Qwerty1

Noooo, Wrong Narrator

Why would they not use Ralph Cosham to narrate this book. The major reason that I preferred obtaining Louise Penny book in Audible format is because of the magical quality of Ralph Cosham's voice gives to the stories. That voice lifts the story above being just a narrated story to being a gateway to Three Pines.

Although the story itself was up to the fantastic level that Penny always creates, the unexpected nature of Adam Sims voice (good in it's own right, but incongruant to the Three Pines Mysteries) made the overall quality of this audible edition disquiet.
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- Angelia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK