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Case Histories: A Novel | [Kate Atkinson]

Case Histories: A Novel

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.
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Publisher's Summary

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night.

Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.

Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

Thirty years after the first incident, as private detective Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge.

©2004 Kate Atkinson; (P)2005 Hachette Audio

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    Joan Lincoln, NH, United States 10-25-11
    Joan Lincoln, NH, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2006
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    "The narration makes this come alive."

    Although Kate Atkinson's novels can go on and on a bit, the narration of this one made the story very enjoyable. The lovely English accent of Susan Jameson gives this story life! The characters are like so many people you know and her skill as a narrator brings out all the subtle humor within the story. The story begins with 5 separate case studies, so different and unconnected that one wonders how they will ever be brought together. They are finally entwined together with many little surprises.

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    Joan Corb New Hampshire 10-25-11
    Joan Corb New Hampshire 10-25-11 Member Since 2006

    the art of quiet pleasure

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    "The narration makes this come alive."

    Although Kate Atkinson's novels can go on and on a bit, the narration of this one made the story very enjoyable. The lovely English accent of Susan Jameson gives this story life! The characters are like so many people you know and her skill as a narrator brings out all the subtle humor within the story. The story begins with 5 separate case studies, so different and unconnected that one wonders how they will ever be brought together. They are finally entwined together with many little surprises.

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    K 10-14-11
    K 10-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "If you're not a Kate Atkinson fan, you should be!"

    Very satisfying book. Set of seemingly unrelated stories that weave together cleverly. These stories are so good that the BBC made a set of 3 episodes to air on PBS. The subsequent books with the protagonist Jackson Brody are very good too. I have listened to them all.

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    TS MAPLE VALLEY, WA, United States 10-09-11
    TS MAPLE VALLEY, WA, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Keeper"

    This one I chose almost on a whim, and it took me completely by surprise. Oddly funny; darkly so. Very human and real. You'll want to pay very close attention to details given seemingly randomly. You'll need them later. Beware that it does seem to start sluggishly; I wondered early on if I had made one of those occaisional mistakes voracious audiobook consumers dread. But if you are at all a fan of Brit mystery and drama, settle in as you'll get what you came for and more. I'll be tearing through the balance of the series as soon as time permits

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    Josephine Palo Alto, California, United States 11-25-13
    Josephine Palo Alto, California, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring!"
    What disappointed you about Case Histories?

    There was an excess of rambling text that contributed almost nothing to the plot. In a nutshell, it was quite boring.


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    Deborah 03-31-13
    Deborah 03-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "All over the place."
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Won't be this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book was all over the place. Did not enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Saint Cloud, MN, United States 09-21-11
    Leslie Saint Cloud, MN, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Gratuitious"

    This was a very good book until the author threw in graphic gratuitious sexual details which don't change, nor do they add to, the story in any way. Don't waste your time.

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    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 01-19-09
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 01-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ - a snozzzzzzer"

    If it wasn't for the detective, Jackson Brodie, I would have given this book 1 star. He, at least, brings some life into it. And, I did care for some of the characters and all of the victims. But, I wanted to put a sock in the mouths of the sisters. After 2 hours, I almost gave up, it was just so boring and I had 8 1/2 hours of listening to go....OH MY! I finally listened to it with an earplug in one ear while watching TV. It that boring!!

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    W Perry Hall 07-05-14 Member Since 2014

    S. Quire

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    "chunked, smothered, diced, peppered and just bad"

    This book is all over the place and the characters boring, thus I couldn't care less about the answer to the mysteries (case histories), now nearly 2/3 of the way through the book.

    Like Waffle House hashbrowns, an appropriate way to describe this book is:
    CHUNKED, DICED, SMOTHERED, PEPPERED, COVERED

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    Diana Valencia, CA, United States 10-28-13
    Diana Valencia, CA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "NOT for people who like a CLEVER mystery !!!!"
    What disappointed you about Case Histories?

    I was very intrigued by the middle of the book how the author would weave all the stories together and reveal one great mystery, since it seemed that the reader got many clues throughout the book. I always try to figure out the end myself and since I was completely lost for most of the book, I was eager for a brilliant, unexpected ending. HOWEVER all clues were just meaningless tidbits that had nothing to do with the story and there was NO BRILLIANT SOLUTION or connection whatsoever. What a let down. There was no clever investigation by the hero, most of the case solutions just got handed to him by someone the police forgot to question . Seriously ?? On the other hand I am not surprised since I read Life after Life by Atkinson before and that book had the same problem - just feel flat at the end. Which is a shame because I like the overall way the books are written but you feel cheated when the end is just bland.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    If there was a sequel to the Cuckoo's calling - that would be it !!


    What about Susan Jameson’s performance did you like?

    I like hearing someone talk in a British accent and I thought she really portrayed the characters well. Would listen to a book read by her again, just not an Atkins one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Case Histories?

    The end and replace it with a Sherlock Holmes style brilliant ending!


    Any additional comments?

    I am in awe at all the positive reviews this book got, either I am to picky of a reader or people just thought they had to agree with Stephen King.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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