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The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Louise Penny

Narrated By: Robert Bathurst

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: August 2015

Duration: 12 hours 40 minutes


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.


  • D Berarducci

    It was awkward at first, not to hear Chief Inspector Gamache speaking, as I’ve come to recognize, in his own voice. As the story progressed however, I became accustomed to Robert Bathurst, and the tale took over. What a well written tale it was, Louise Penny at her best.

  • Holly Chaille

    Louise Penny is one of my all time favorites, and this book is great.

  • Michele Boeche

    I wish the new narrator for this series had a French, rather than a British accent. His pronunciation of familiar names and places was very jarring and often inconsistent. I didn't like his gravely, often angry voice for Chief Inspector Gamache. It seems like he was a totally unfamiliar character, more likely to yell at his subordinates, rather than the ultimate calm and collected man of power listeners fell in love with.

  • Antoinette MacWatt

    I have listened to all of Louise Penney'S Three Pines mysteries. The new narrator is good but not great. His voice was not consistent for each character and sometimes I couldn't distinguish one character from another.

  • Diane Martinez

    Did not want to put it down. Excellently read. I will definitely be reading allof her books.

  • Peter Nichols

    Awful. Confusing characters, boring plot. Gave it 6 chapters. Did not get any better

  • Linda Davis

    Very interesting. I enjoyed looking up the facts about Project Babylon. This was my first time hearing this narrator and my first jntroduction to Louise Penny books. I found both to be very enjoyable.

  • leslie conery

    Ralph Cosham was an integral part of the charm of Three Pines and the voice that brought Chief Inspector Gamache to life. With his passing, the Three Pines books lost the magic that made it my most-recommended audiobook series of all time. That said, Robert Bathurst did an outstanding job of stepping in and becoming the new voice of Three Pines. The Nature of the Beast was Louise Penny at her best. I love that after 11 books, she still weaves in new character development for old characters and keeps us interested in the people of Three Pines as well as the solution to the latest murders.

  • MJ Lechner

    It took me a few chapters to train my ear to the new narrator, but he is GOOD!! I was wary, but this is the real Louise Penny again!!