The Nature of the Beast : Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines

  • by Louise Penny
  • Narrated by Robert Bathurst
  • Series: Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines
  • 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.
But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.
And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here.
A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.
Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.


What the Critics Say

"As Louise Penny explains in the introduction to her newest Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, Robert Bathurst had much to live up to when he was selected to succeed longtime narrator Ralph Cosham, who passed away last year. She listened to hundreds of candidates before selecting the British actor, best known to American audiences from "Downton Abbey." Be assured that her choice was right. Bathurst's pleasant light baritone and sensitive pacing suit the thoughtful series..." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Huge disappointment.

I was stunned to find out that Ralph Cosham died last year and would not be narrating this new book. Not only was he THE voice of Gamache, he always handled each member of the cast with real skill. (I'm even including the duck.)

Knowing that his narration had always been spot-on, I tried to be fair. Other series have gone through a change in narration and have been just fine. I waited for it to settle in. And waited more. It never happened. The uniqueness that's always defined each of the Three Pines characters just never developed and that's really unfortunate. It felt flat.

The book itself is, like all of Louise Penny's work, terrific. It's been a wonderful series and great fun to look forward to a new addition each year. I hope they figure out a way to get the narration back up to the level these books deserve.
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- B.J. "I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear."

Great story, poor narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Nature of the Beast to be better than the print version?

With Ralph Cosham, audio edition a great experience. New narrator gets in the way.

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

Typical Three Pines plot. These aren't really thrillers. More about the characters and they remain interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Bathurst’s performances?

Maybe if matched with the right book. His stiff, plummy British voice, with little distinction among characters, is out of place. His Gamache is no longer the kind, easy-going French Canadian. He's been turned into a cardboard tough guy. I don't think that's who he is supposed to be.

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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio