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One Good Turn | [Kate Atkinson]

One Good Turn

In the brilliant new literary thriller by the award-winning author of Case Histories, Jackson Brodie, adored single-dad detective, is caught in a web of mystery following a grisly attack in the street. Two years after the events of Case Histories, which left him a retired millionaire with an occasional girlfriend in Julia, a former client, Jackson has followed her to Edinburgh for its famous summer festival.
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Publisher's Summary

In the brilliant new literary thriller by the award-winning author of Case Histories, Jackson Brodie, adored single-dad detective, is caught in a web of mystery following a grisly attack in the street.

Two years after the events of Case Histories, which left him a retired millionaire with an occasional girlfriend in Julia, a former client, Jackson has followed her to Edinburgh for its famous summer festival. The incident of road rage he happens to witness sets in motion a chain of events that will pull a wealthy almost-widow, a timid crime novelist, and a female police detective into Jackson's orbit.

©2006 Kate Atkinson. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"Atkinson hits the jackpot again, putting her skill with complex plots to excellent use, in a literary mystery infused with her characteristic quirk and verve." (Atlantic Monthly)
"[With] crackling one-liners, spot-on set pieces, and full-blooded cameos...this [is yet] another absorbing character study from the versatile, effervescent Atkinson." (Publishers Weekly)
"In One Good Turn...the deft and tricky British author Kate Atkinson shows again, in her inimitable bleakly funny way, how much easier it is to explain a death than to solve a life." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Anne-Marie Modesto, CA, United States 05-01-11
    Anne-Marie Modesto, CA, United States 05-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Abriged"

    I did not notice that this was abridged when I downloaded it. Having just finished listening to Atkinson's wonderfully vibrant Case Histories, I couldn't believe how dull the characters in this book were and how flat the story. Then I noticed the word "abridged." I checked out the full length book on CD from my local library, downloaded it and listened. You want to know how they cut an almost 11 hour story down to 5? They take out all character development. You know, the stuff that make you care about the characters? Their history, the things that allow you to become emotionally engaged...This is a great story and the narration, both the abridged and unabridged, are spot on.

    I won't be fooled again. Avoid the abridged version like the plague.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie WEST NEWTON, MA, USA 10-30-08
    Carrie WEST NEWTON, MA, USA 10-30-08
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    "Kate Atkinson should never be abridged"

    I had picked up "Case Histories" last week and was absolutely mesmerized by not just the characters and mystery, but by her fluid writing and timeshifting narrative. While it was interesting to catch up with the characters from that story, this didn't nearly have the character development or cohesive storyline of the first novel, but that could be due to this only being available in the dreaded abridged format. The narrator is not nearly good as Susan Jameson, but he does a decent job (even if his default accent sounds like someone british trying to do a vaguely American accent, even though there are no American characters in the book.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria New York, NY, United States 01-11-12
    Victoria New York, NY, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The Cliff Notes version"

    Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer and I've listened to all her other books. But this abridgement eliminates the richness of the writing, leaving behind only a fast-forward series of plot elements. Not worth the money.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 06-18-12
    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Jackson Brodie Rocks"

    Kate Atkinson never lets you down. Such clever writing, sometimes sad and tender and other times gets your heart pounding. The BBC television series that went with Case Histories is awesome too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Production vs Storytelling"

    Listening during my commute, I found the story absorbing and the narration good. My only criticism is of the use of music between one section and the next. Neither the deft storytelling nor the effective narration needed the music, which I found mildly annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Moonmaid The North Pole 01-03-15
    Moonmaid The North Pole 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Should've read the fine print..."
    What disappointed you about One Good Turn?

    Like an idiot I didn't notice this was an abridged version. The book is great, but they've butchered it. Anyone know if there is an unabridged audio version available?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K 05-18-11
    K 05-18-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Kate's best"

    I have listened to all of her other books (which I really liked) and this one was a disappointment. Story not as good and didn't really care for the narration. And hated the awful music tracks added to the beginning and ending of every chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina 02-05-15
    Regina 02-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Did I hear the whole book?"

    From what I heard it
    was good but I only heard five chapters ... Was that the whole book?very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Healey Williamsburg, Virginia United States 10-06-14
    Joe Healey Williamsburg, Virginia United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Decent book, Annoying music"
    Would you try another book from Kate Atkinson and/or Robin Atkin Downes?

    Yes


    What aspect of Robin Atkin Downes’s performance would you have changed?

    NO MUSIC, which was unnecessary, distracting, annoying, and added nothing to the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this title because it was a sequel to "Case Histories." I never read or listen to the same type of book/same author back to back but enjoyed Case Histories so much that I took the plunge. Unfortunately, "One Good Turn" was mediocre at best - I think she phoned it in.

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    Jeff Dudas Seattle, WA USA 02-06-14
    Jeff Dudas Seattle, WA USA 02-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible production"
    What did you like best about One Good Turn? What did you like least?

    I have enjoyed the other audio productions of Atkinson's books. This is terrible. The music, which is overly dramatic and at odds with Atkinson's restrained style, is so loud it makes it hard to follow the reader. The other Atkinson audiobooks really add to the books, - this one detracts.


    How could the performance have been better?

    No music. A reader that gets the dry humor of Atkinson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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