Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Audiobook, by Louise Penny Play Audiobook Sample

Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Audiobook

Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Audiobook, by Louise Penny Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Robert Bathurst Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date: November 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250308139

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Longest Chapter Length:

40:29 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06:24 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

19:28 minutes

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Publisher Description

**Winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator**

"[Narrator Robert Bathurst] engages us completely...If you haven't listened to this series, start at once. You'll love your stay in Three Pines." — AudioFile Magazine on A Great Reckoning

Kingdom of the Blind, the new Chief Inspector Gamache audiobook from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder.

None of them had ever met the elderly woman.

The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing.

The investigation into what happened six months ago—the events that led to his suspension—has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception.

Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers.

As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.

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“Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future.”

— Booklist (starred review) 


  • “I thoroughly enjoyed Kingdom of the Blind. It’s always a treat to spend a few days with Armand Gamache, and his latest investigation is one of my favorites.”

    — James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Penny does a splendid job of interweaving those three main plot lines, studding them with several life-threatening scenes that had me holding my breath, and building to a wild finale.”

    — Tampa Bay Tribune
  • “Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.”

    — Library Journal (tarred review)
  • “The ending is adrenaline-filled…This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Bathurst’s distinct voices—a gravelly growl for Ruth Zardo, a genial drawl for a young carpenter—distinguish the most memorable characters, and he imbues all of them with Penny’s familiar warmth and humanity.”

    — AudioFile


  • A LibraryReads Pick for November 2018
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018 in Mysteries & Thrillers
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A BookPage Best Book of the Year
  • A LibraryReads Pick for Hall of Fame
  • A Washington Post Pick for Fall Books
  • A #1 bestseller in Traditional Detective Fiction
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • The 202 Audie Award Winner for Best Male Narrator
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2018
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2018
  • Among longlisted titles for Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2018
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2020

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About Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Toronto Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She is also coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller State of Terror. She has won numerous awards, including eight Agatha Awards and a CWA Dagger, and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.

About Robert Bathurst

Robert Bathurst, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Male Narrator in 2020. He is an English actor who played David Marsden in five seasons of the series Cold Feet and the title role in My Dad’s the Prime Minister. In addition to his other television credits—which include The Stepfather, White Teeth, The Safe House, Goodbye, Mr. Steadman, and Hornblower—he has also appeared many times on stage in such productions as The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, and Alarms and Excursions.