It's a day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.
Witnesses to Tracy's Faustian exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance in a tale peopled with unlikely heroes and villains. Started Early, Took My Dog is freighted with wit, wisdom and a fierce moral intelligence. It confirms Kate Atkinson’s position as one of the great writers of our time.
©2010 Kate Atkinson (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
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"As good as the others"
Another wonderful audiobook edition of Kate Atkinson's fabulous Jackson Brodie series. By now, if we've stayed with the series, we're all in love with Jackson Brodie - that brooding, unlucky former policeman who never seems to get the girl of his dreams (although he does get *a* girl every now and then). Witty, well-crafted, with a serious undertow... I loved this novel as much as I loved the others in the series and can't wait for the next one. My only regret is the loss of the perfect Jason Isaacs as narrator (hello to Jason Isaacs!) but Nicholas Bell does a fine job anyway.
I loved this book. The characters, including the dog, have real depth to them and are beautifully portrayed, and the plot is sensitive and enjoyable. I took to all the characters - poor old Tilly, the ex-copper Tracy, and Jackson himself. There are some lovely touches - little Courtney and her fairy costume, old Harry the fixer baking pies, these all make the characters real. Kate Atkinson has written a really ripping yarn that kept me listening to the very end. I enjoyed the reader too, despite the fact that he does not know how to pronounce Niamh (Neeve) - perhaps not everyone listening will notice. I can't wait to listen to another Jackson Brodie story.
"A long time walking the dog"
I have struggled....firstly with the narrator who could not pronounce 'Niamh' correctly nor 'ascetic' ( came out 'acetic', as in vinegar).
Secondly the story itself, meandering, boring, and, when it finally ended, one of those stories that made you wonder why you had bothered!
"First audiobook I've not fully listened to"
Absolutely hated this. My first sample from this author and just couldn't get to grips with it. Hated the way there wasn't a discernible plot and while I'm sure it would have improved if I had have stuck with it, after four chapters I'm afraid I gave up. So many characters introduced apparently (at this stage) randomly and with too much detail about their lives. Felt like shouting: "just get on with it"!
I found this a deeply annoying and quite confusing book. Maybe it's me but there were too many characters and too much trivia about them that made it difficult to find a storyline. The storyline itself was pretty weak too. Combine that with a narrator who was unable to pronounce Niamh (every time he said Nee-aam it made me cringe, is there nobody who goes over the spoken book and checks it???) or in fact had a very peculiar way to pronounce quite common words and you'll get the picture. In my opinion this is not a crime novel, not a good book and a lousy narrator. Don't bother.
I read other reviews but though I'd give this book a try as I normally enjoy Kate Atkinson's whimsical ramblings as the storyline meanders along, and to follow the events in the life of Jackson Brodie. It may be due to the narrator on this one, as he didn't give Julia the right tone of voice here, nor capture the listener, and it was all a bit predictable.
"tried three times"
too many words that were not needed
the only good thing about it
don.t honestly know
tried three times to listen gave up in the end
Oh, how I hated this book! Unlikeable characters was the main problem for me - I do like a hero - everyone seemed so flawed. Too much detail about trivia so that you could easily loose concentration. I really didn't like the narrator. I had to force myself to listen then wondered why I bothered when it didn't get any better. If you like to read a book to escape to a different world then this book is not for you.
"Complicated but fun"
Love all of KAs books and this one is probably my favourite Jackson - wish he was mine, and the dog. Really intriguing plot - with the usual twist and an opening for his true love ....in the next book....please Kate.
"Not the strongest of the Jackson Brodie stories"
I found this rather strange. There was a whole story line dedicated to a character who had no impact on the story. Loose ends of Jacksons love life thrown in for no apparent reason. And in between, a mystery unveiled with virtually no help from JB. AND a narrator who couldn't pronounce Niamh - which you would have thought someone would have told him, the number of times she was referred to. Rather unsatisfactory all round.
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