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Case Histories Audiobook

Case Histories: A Novel

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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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    M. Rubin 01-13-15
    M. Rubin 01-13-15

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    "Intriguing"

    The stories were woven together like rich vines. I didn't want to press pause. The reader was so well suited.

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    Iris Pereyra 01-01-15

    Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!

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    "Beautiful writing and engaging stories"

    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!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 10-05-14
    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 10-05-14

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    "Disappointing, very disjointed."
    Would you try another book from Kate Atkinson and/or Susan Jameson?

    Probably not. This book was hard to follow; I kept thinking that my ipod must be on "shuffle."


    What could Kate Atkinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What about Susan Jameson’s performance did you like?

    Good voice, easy to understand, nice accent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Chana Goanna New Jersey 09-21-14
    Chana Goanna New Jersey 09-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hands-down the BEST audio performance I've heard"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Case Histories to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I would imagine the answer to be "yes," because Jameson's performance is so superb that it outstripped anything my imagination could have come up with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jackson Brodie, the PI investigating the cold cases. All the characters were well-drawn and developed, but his character was a wonderful blend of professional competence, sentimentality, fierce parental love, and exasperation with demanding clients.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Jameson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I hadn't, but I will look for her other work. She turned in a tour-de-force performance that I found absolutely stunning and tremendously enjoyable. You feel the scorn for Brodie's marital usurper in the way she says his last name; Julia's flighty bohemian recklessness in her trilling flirtiness; Amelia's neediness; Michelle's increasing desperation. It is the single best audio performance I have ever heard, and I look forward to hearing more of her work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hard to describe without a spoiler, but I was moved when Theo got closure of sorts. There were many lovely moments as old stories and questions were resolved, most bittersweet. Nothing wrapped up neatly with no loose ends; there are some unresolved issues which Atkinson leaves to the reader's imagination. It felt much more real than a tidily contrived and plotted ending that ties all the bits together and is nothing whatever like real life.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much that I didn't want it to end! The people were so vividly real to me that I felt I knew them all and would like to go around and visit them. Well...some of them anyway.

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    Barbara 04-18-13
    Barbara 04-18-13
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    "pure pleasure"
    What does Susan Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator couldn't have been more perfect for this author and book. Her narration was seamless, an absolute delight.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great novel, in which the mystery, while it didn't take a back seat, was gracefully woven into a truly captivating fabric. Characters were all fleshed out beautifully, humor was balanced with pathos in just the right degree. I can't say enough good things about this book, the author, and the narrator. They were all made for each other, and the lucky listener was the winner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Bryan SA, TX 03-06-13
    L. Bryan SA, TX 03-06-13
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    "Interesting story, GREAT READER!"
    Where does Case Histories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top 20% -- not the absolute greatest, but kept my attention.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Atkinson? Why or why not?

    She does a good job writing about relationships, so I'd probably try her again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stands out, which would be my only criticism of the book. With so many stories, sometimes it was hard to figure out who was speaking. It was particularly difficult to determine the time period, as there was a lot of movement.


    Any additional comments?

    The speaker was fabulous with accents and voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mayo9191 12-13-12
    mayo9191 12-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    read all of her books they keep you laughing out loud, weeping, inappropriately , and mostly feel like you are there great characters ,

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    Atticus 05-20-12
    Atticus 05-20-12
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    "Prepare to be anti-social for 10 hours"

    This is one of those books that I usually find myself rationing, making myself turn it off to last longer. But this time--well, I got a lot "done" that needed hands and feet but not a lot of attention. Not too far into it I thought it sounded familiar and realized it was the book on which the PBS mini-series was based--somehow that added to, rather than distracted from, the pleasure of the whole thing. Atkinson is great at drawing characters. This is a terrific book, beautifully narrated.

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    Heather Brentwood, MO, United States 04-13-12
    Heather Brentwood, MO, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great fun read"
    What made the experience of listening to Case Histories the most enjoyable?

    The author has a technique of telling the story then letting the characters tell the REAL story that is refreshing and entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Case Histories?

    Learning the truth about the father of the four girls was a sad unexpected twist.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Jameson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first listen to Susan Jameson. She is an excellent reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Santa Monica, CA, United States 12-24-11
    Kate Santa Monica, CA, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Not a Mystery, But a Mildly Entertaining Novel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Despite the title and the other reviews, this is not a mystery in any way, so be warned. There is a detective, and he does have clients, but that's about the extent of the mystery-ness of the book. It's more like an Anne Tyler novel with slightly more grisly backstories for the characters. Also, be warned that the characters are uniformly negative in their perspective, with a strong tendency towards passivity, or at least, extensive complaining about their situation. By contrast, a book like


    Has Case Histories turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I didn't like moody contemporary novels about people who are unhappy with their lives before listening to this, and I still don't. I suppose it would be more accurate to say this book didn't suddenly fill me with a desire to read more books in this genre.


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

    The best thing about this book is that it served as a valuable reminder to doublecheck reviews on Amazon.com to make sure you know what you're getting before you buy something.


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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