The Late Monsieur Gallet : Inspector Maigret

  • by Georges Simenon, Anthea Bell (translator)
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • Series: Inspector Maigret
  • 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George Simenon's devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal and the weakness of family ties, translated by Anthea Bell.
Instead of the detail filling itself in and becoming clearer, it seemed to escape him. The face of the man in the ill-fitting coat just misted up so that it hardly looked human. In theory this mental portrait was good enough, but now it was replaced by fleeting images which should have added up to one and the same man but which refused to get themselves into focus.
The circumstances of Monsieur Gallet's death all seem fake: the name the deceased was travelling under and his presumed profession, and more worryingly, his family's grief. Their haughtiness seems to hide ambiguous feelings about the hapless man. In this haunting story, Maigret discovers the appalling truth and the real crime hidden behind the surface of lies.
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.Anthea Bell is the award-winning translator of numerous French and German works: from the Asterix comics to W. G. Sebald's literary masterpiece Austerlitz.Audible will be producing all 75 Maigret titles. The next audiobook in the series is: 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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One of the best Maigret booksl

What made the experience of listening to The Late Monsieur Gallet the most enjoyable?

This was a good reading of one of the better plotted Maigret books. I think you either take to Maigret, and the evocation of a particular kind of France, or you don't. If you do, then you will overlook the occasional repetious and clumsy writing in favour of an engrossing immersion into a vanished world.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Maigret dominates the book: the other characters are drawn dispassionately. You understand them, but you don't like them.


What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

I gave the reading full marks: it's a bit hard to say what makes a good reading, but it was well paced and somehow Gareth's voice suited the Maigret world.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All the Maigret books seem to me to be emotionally chilly. You are interested in his world, but not engaged with individual characters.


Any additional comments?

I've gone back to the Maigret books after a long absence and am enjoying them. I've got a bit fed up with serial killers and convoluted plots and these score with me because of the atmosphere they build up and because Maigret himself is sympathetic. They aren't perfect - sometimes the writing is slap dash, though it can also be very evocative, particularly of place. You won't enjoy them if you like fast paced thrillers, but you will if you like crime fiction which takes you to a different place and time.

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Excellent as always

What did you like most about The Late Monsieur Gallet?

Again an excellent story. Excellent narrator very good characterisation thoroughly good read well listen


What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

A perfect voice for these books


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios