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Case Histories Audiobook

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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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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    mary VENTURA, CA, United States 01-20-09
    mary VENTURA, CA, United States 01-20-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Trippy book"

    I liked this book a lot, it was really different. At first, the story seemed disjointed. You are slowly introduced to the tie-ins but it comes together smoothly. The characters in the stories are explored and exposed. The ending was kind of abrupt, I thought I missed something. I liked the narrator. She had perfect delivery and emotion. I was looking forward to listening to the second in the series, but it is abridged. I don't do abridged. Instead I look forward to listening to the third in the series, which has been highly rated. Give this one a try.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    tinaswfl 02-01-09
    tinaswfl 02-01-09
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    "captivating story"

    i loved this book. i was fascinated by the stories and the structure of the novel, watching the characters and their stories unfold. when it ended, i so wanted it not to be over. the narration was excellent. lots of characters, but she managed to imbue them with enough individuality that a listener can easily follow. i'm looking for other works by this novelist for my library.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Vered 12-28-08
    Vered 12-28-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A fun listen with an edge"

    Kate Atkinsons' writing is on the sunny side of popular fiction. Mostly because, it's her story-telling talent which make her books enjoyable, and not a low common denominator type of popularity.

    I must admit the core plot is just a tv series type of "cold cases" suspense story. However, what makes it a worthwhile listen is the focus on the individuals left behind these "cold case" stories.
    In addition, the book provides a variety of bitter-sweet lovable characters, that make the story captivating.
    (and ofcourse there's Susan Jameson's next to perfect narration).

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie WEST NEWTON, MA, USA 10-27-08
    Carrie WEST NEWTON, MA, USA 10-27-08
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    "Deftly written, completely original mystery"

    I was looking for a lightly entertaining british mystery novel, but instead found this artfully interwoven collection of timeshifting stories that manages to never feel gimmicky and delivers terrific payoffs. I regret the former reviewer didn't stick with the story, because they missed out on some fantastic character development, truly fine writing and what ends up being a really satifying narrative. Speaking of narrator, Susan Jameson does a fantastic job and her rich delivery of the many different dialects really brings the story to life. She also does a great job with the male characters, which is so often the downfall of opposite sex audiobook artists. Highly reccomend!

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 09-01-11
    Sharon 09-01-11
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    "Excellent!"

    It always surprises me when I read negative reviews of a book I completely enjoyed, and in this instance I couldn't disagree with the naysayers more. If you prefer your characters well rounded and real, the story line captivating and the narration a delight to listen to, you'll enjoy this listen.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 06-29-09
    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 06-29-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Structure That Drew Me In"

    Ms. Atkinson's writing is silky smooth constantly going down little lanes full of character details. I was totally drawn in to this book which is full of tension. The biggest tension is between the smooth, slow pace of the sentences and the feeling something big is just around the corner. When that big thing comes, it really isn't as big as the details of the characters' lives. For some readers, this is a let down; for me, this is an honest approach, very grounded, very real. I can't wait for more of Kate's voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila cleburne, TX, United States 05-08-11
    Sheila cleburne, TX, United States 05-08-11 Member Since 2013
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    "beautifully written, but tediously assembled"

    I admire Ms. Atkinson's ability to weave a simple sentence into a beautiful tapistry. She writes beatifully. But, I found this book difficult to keep up with. It jumped from one scene to another, from one time to another, and often seemed to have missed entire scenes until they appeared suddenly much later. At first, it felt like a series of exercises in a class for descriptive writing. The stories seemed totally disjointed and I found myself wondering if I even wanted to continue. But threads became evident, and eventually the connections were made. By the last 3rd of the book, I was no longer interested enough to care and when I fell asleep, I didn't bother to back it up to replay it. I, personally, was disappointed in it overall, but I must say again, the author has a beautiful technique and talent for description. Couple that with the voice of Susan Jameson, and the issues I found with the structure become tolerable.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Centerville, OH, USA 11-12-08
    Amy Centerville, OH, USA 11-12-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting mesh of stories"

    This novel is a well written collage of several stories which intertwine mysteriously. I enjoyed it very much.

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    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 07-28-11
    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 07-28-11

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    "Enjoyed the Complexities"

    I thought the characters, plot, etc. were realistic and very well "painted" by Atkinson. I liked how no one was "all good" or "all bad." Like real-life, I found the people portrayed to be interesting, but also full of surprises (some good, some bad). My only "quibble" with the book was the end felt quite rushed. Having been quite eloquent and verbose, the final chapters seemed to somewhat "fall off, abruptly." But still didn't undermine the book! Woo hoo! Well-done, Kate!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kentucky Woman Louisville, KY United States 07-24-11
    Kentucky Woman Louisville, KY United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting story, unlikable characters"

    The author spent way too many words revealing the inner ruminations of some of her characters -- particularly two middle-aged sisters, who are very much preoccupied with themselves and their sexuality. I suppose that authors like to present "realistic" characters, but I don't think anyone in the book was particularly honorable or admirable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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