4 engaging audio books that span the globe

These four audiobooks give us plenty to occupy our ears as the nights grow longer.

3. "The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel," by Louise Penny

(Read by Ralph Cosham, Macmillan Audio, 10 CDs, 12 hours)

Enjoying his retirement in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, finds his life disrupted when a friend disappears. Investigating for the first time as a private citizen, he must give up control, but at the same time deepens his friendships with the world-weary and often witty friends who help him find the missing painter. This is Cosham’s 10th outing as Gamache and he seamlessly slips into each character’s vocal personality, all the while flawlessly skipping from French to English, pulling us into the former chief inspector's world of art, envy, and murder.  A –

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