I thought I didn't really like fiction very much but have now thoroughly enjoyed listening to three Kate Atkinson novels, usually at the expense of something else I should be doing. The complex characters' stories are interesting, sad, and thoroughly engaging, and I laughed a few dozen times at Atkinson's wry, ironic tone.
This book was disappointing. Several stories in entwined together....at the very, very end. It was basically three stories and mostly about the detective himself, that somehow were fit together in the last 30 minutes. There were Sind interesting characters, the writing wasn't awful, and the narrator was ok..but if you are looking for a detective story or anything reassembling the twists that are typical, don't waste your credit.
The book does not portray Jackson as warmly as does the series. Much more crudeness too. The series is quite true to the story which is very well crafted - but flows better and is actually easier to follow.
Gave it a shot, ended up skipping to the last chapter. Maybe it was the melodramatic narration. Whatever the reason, won't be getting another book by author nor narrator.
I am loving all things by Kate Atkinson. Terrific wit and observer of human behavior. Great stories, all woven together very cleverly.
Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
This was my first Kate Atkinson book and I enjoyed her style of writing very much.
As you probably know, the books consists of 3 stories/crimes that after 30 years, are being investigated by PI Brody as he looks into a possible connection between all of them.
The start of the book felt a little difficult to follow up but by the 2nd story the author starts putting all the pieces together and I found the conclusion satisfying, although perhaps the journey was more enjoyable than the destination.
I am not typically a reader that grumbles a lot about the ending of books so very rarely this is an issue for me, but I can see how the wrapping of Case Stories might not satisfy many readers.
Susan Jameson was a wonderful narrator and a perfect fit in my opinion for this audiobook.
I am not sure that I've heard more books narrated by her but I'll make sure to look up her name for others in the future.
Case Histories it's sort of a complex read but I found the writing beautiful & compelling so if you are into literary mysteries this might be a good option for you.
I am adding the other 3 books on the series to my long list of books to read/listen in 2015!!
Probably not. This book was hard to follow; I kept thinking that my ipod must be on "shuffle."
Reduce the jumping from one "case history" to another. I know this is a literary device but for some reason, it made this book very difficult to follow and even remember the characters from one jump to another.
Good voice, easy to understand, nice accent.