The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2015
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.

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.
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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.

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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.

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Peter Nichols

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

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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.

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Diane Martinez

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

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Gina M.

I hope I can get used to the new narrator. Missing the French Quebec accent and I preferred the calm, wise demeanor of the Gamache that I fell in love with. I was distracted by the choppy, stilted inflections that felt like I was being slapped rather than drawn in. This narrator did not differentiate voices well. Even Ruth lost her lovable roughness.

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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.

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Holly Chaille

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

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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.

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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!!

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