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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This narrator couldn't have been more perfect for this author and book. Her narration was seamless, an absolute delight.
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.
Probably in the top 20% -- not the absolute greatest, but kept my attention.
She does a good job writing about relationships, so I'd probably try her again.
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.
The speaker was fabulous with accents and voices.
read all of her books they keep you laughing out loud, weeping, inappropriately , and mostly feel like you are there great characters ,
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.
The author has a technique of telling the story then letting the characters tell the REAL story that is refreshing and entertaining.
Learning the truth about the father of the four girls was a sad unexpected twist.
This was my first listen to Susan Jameson. She is an excellent reader.
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
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.
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.
A waste of a credit.
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