There aren't many books I would care to listen to again, but long before it was over - I knew I'd want to hear it again.
The stories of the characters are unraveled and re-woven with subtle twists that allow you to be come a secret witness to events and inside participant to the story!
The narrator's voice was perfect pairing to the author's tone of understated humor & intelligence in the story telling.
Kudos to Tilly! I will miss her the most.
Addicted to Audible!
I enjoyed, Case Studies,however, after that one I have found Ms. Atkinson's later books a bit hard to follow. She has good concepts but somehow the stories seem to lose me after a while! I think this is the last one I will purchase.
An interesting tale, well told. It is part mystery, part romance in the classical sense, part sheer entertainment. Note that it is part of a continuing series by Kate Atkinson. Something I wished I knew before starting this one.
English major. Love to read
This is a good beach read, a book in between other great books to slow down but entertain the brain, or just one because you like interweaving tales. I haven't recommended it to a lot of friends which is the telling sentiment, but it still put a smile on my face.
This was an effective book. Complicated story, many characters to keep track of. Too much back story on almost everyone of them. However, in the end, Kate Atkinson delivered a credible tale of why a murder occurred years before, and why it was so effectively covered up until some of the investigators decided to look into it again. In addition to the mystery there is much examination of the pain resulting from bad decisions made among family members in a complex web of relationships.
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
Although I am an American and this book is very English, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The snappy and different writing style made me laugh several times. What I enjoyed the most was when the author wrote the character's thoughts as they popped into their heads in what was sometimes a connected yet somewhat scrambled fashion. Initially the title caught my eye. The pleasant surprise was that the writing was just as unique as the title.
I had never heard of Atkinson until I started listening to this book. Since this one, I have listened to all of her other books. I love her characters and quirky mysteries. One of the main characters in this book is overweight, a retired policewoman and friendless until she saves a little girl. But all does not turn out as expected. Tilly is another interesting character. Atkinson does a good job of putting the reader into the mind of a older woman suffering from dementia. And then came Jackson Brody. Jackson is not your usual hero either. I used to be a policeman seems to be his mantra as he is beaten up yet again.All of her books seem to revolve around relationships and loss. Jackson Brody is constantly trying to find a missing relative for someone. I love the way the author brings all these characters together in the strangest ways. I also love the little quotes from Emily Dickinson--the title comes from one of her poems. Atkinson left me wondering what will happen next and waiting for the next book. If you love well written, amusing, novels with great characters, a bit of mystery, set in Britain, buy her books.
did not keep my interest, seemed choppy, and I could not finish it. maybe if I tried again but for right now, no.
I highly recommend this book--the story is provocative and gripping and the narration is absolutely wonderful!
Malcom's narration is so pitch-perfect that I was very disappointed to find that he doesn't narrate the other books in the series!
I prefer unabridged audiobooks, so can't listen in all one sitting. But this is a book I will listen to again.
Other readers admitted to some confusion caused by the changes in time and the number of characters. I did go back to listen to a couple of chapters from the beginning when I found myself lost or distracted, but didn't find this a problem, as I considered the author's turn of phrase and the narrator's interpretation of the characters to be so enjoyable.
Had I been reading a print version, there are several places I would have gone back to clarify characters, etc, but even with the "wait, who was that again?" thought, this is a superb listen. The internal dialogue of both main characters--Tracy and Jackson--is very funny, but even better, funny in different ways. That has to be hard to do--varying the wit to reflect their different personalities. It's a great story with a great plot. If you pick up the literary references, great, but it doesn't matter if you don't (my favorite was Cicero's O tempora O mores coming from the mouth of a retired criminal). The narration is excellent. I hated to have it end.