Pietr the Latvian : Inspector Maigret

  • by Georges Simenon, David Bellos (translator)
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • Series: Inspector Maigret
  • 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first audiobook which appeared in Georges Simenon's famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.
Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands. But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man. His firm muscles filled out his jacket and quickly pulled all his trousers out of shape. He had a way of imposing himself just by standing there. His assertive presence had often irked many of his own colleagues.
In Simenon's first novel featuring Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy bars to luxury hotels as he traces the true identity of Pietr the Latvian. Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.
David Bellos is Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University and has won many awards for his translations including the Man Booker International Translator's Award (2005).
Audible will be producing all 75 Maigret titles. The next two in the series are:
The Late Monsieur Gallet on 5th Dec 2013
The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien on 2nd January 2014

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What the Critics Say

"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant" (John Gray)
"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.... Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories" (Guardian)
"A supreme writer... unforgettable vividness" (Independent)

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Easy Reading of a classic cop

Would you listen to Pietr the Latvian again? Why?

I am not likely to listen to this story again, though it was enjoyable enough first time around. Story was a bit thin and didn't engage me very much - but good enough as background to doing the gardening or going to sleep.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

All tied up nicely at the end, though no great surprise, if a bit contorted.


Have you listened to any of Gareth Armstrong’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time I have heard Gareth, but an enjoyable reader within plenty of 'character'.


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- Viv

Greatr performance, flawed story

Excellent entertainment provided you gloss over some infelicities in the story itself. The reading is spot on.
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- Charlie T.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios