The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Audiobook, by Louise Penny Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Series:The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date: August 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427244307

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Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."

While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There's power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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  • “At the start of The Long Way Home…Gamache and his wife are finally at peace, mixing among the quirky, testy inhabitants of Three Pines. But recovery would make for a dull book, so trouble soon finds Gamache when his neighbor Clara seeks help finding her missing husband, who left town in a funk over Clara’s success as an artist…It’s Penny’s chiseled characters that make this novel such a treat. Three Pines is a cozy, friendly place, but even amid the picturesque pines of southern Quebec, sin and sick souls are always lurking.”

  • With pitch-perfect rhythm, Cosham pulls listeners irresistibly into the chief inspector's world of art, jealousy, and murder.

    - AudioFile Magazine
  • “As with all the author’s other titles, Penny wraps her mystery around the history and personality of the people involved. By this point in the series, each inhabitant of Three Pines is a distinct individual, and the humor that lights the dark places of the investigation is firmly rooted in their long friendships, or, in some cases, frenemyships. The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning…Another gem from the endlessly astonishing Penny.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Perceptive…perfectly paced…Penny offers real insight into the evolution of artistic style as well as the envy that artists feel about each other’s success…The prose is remarkably fresh, filled with illumination and delightful turns of phrase.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Slipping smoothly from French to Canadian accents, Cosham flawlessly conveys each character’s distinct personality…With pitch-perfect rhythm, Cosham pulls listeners irresistibly into the chief inspector’s world of art, jealousy, and murder. The pairing of Cosham’s narration with Penny’s writing continues to be one of the most fortunate matches for audiobook fans.”

    - AudioFile
  • “The emotional depth accessed here is both a wonder and a joy to uncover…Gamache’s tenth outing culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren’t prepared for this story to end. The residents of Three Pines will be back, no doubt, as they’ll have new wounds to mend.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Penny’s skill at developing quirky, complex, and fragile characters is once again on display in this continuation of her Inspector Gamache series. The rich descriptions of the villages and countryside will have you wishing for a trip to Quebec.”

    - RT Book Reviews (4 stars)


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for August 2014
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2014
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • Nominated for Agatha Awards - Nominee, 2015
  • Nominated for Macavity Award - Nominee, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Mysteries and thrillers
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • Nominated for Anthony Awards - Nominee, 2015
  • Nominated for Agatha Awards - Nominee, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Best of the Year, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A #1 Chicago Tribune bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books of August 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

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About the Author

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 the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.