On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.
At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency.
These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls "an absolute must-read".
©2008 Kate Atkinson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
This is a wonderful story that has been destroyed by the Reader. Anne Archer is a competant reader who is unable to give a realistic Scottish or Irish accent. Shame the story is set in Scotland with Irish and Scottish characters. Her attempts would be amusing if they were not so irritating.
The story itself is Kate Atkinson at her best. Complex themes are interwoven around interesting, believable characters in an enthralling plot.
Well worth the read, but it may be better to buy the book rather than plough through Miss Archer's narrative.
An excellent story - well worth the READ!! I'm a Brit and unfortunately Ellen Archer is hopelessly at sea with her accents. So much so that it really did spoil my enjoyment. She sounds like that really annoying (male) mid atlantic food critic who's name escapes me. Interestingly, Audible.co.uk has a brit male narrator and it sounds so much better so why on earth doesn't Audible, in all its shapes and forms get some sort of consistency in such matters
I did listen to it all but was very perplexed by the reader. Why couldn't you get someone like Davina Porter to read who switches between a Scottish & English accent with conviction.
The train crash.
The book was utterly spoiled for me by the abysmal Scottish accent. I was trying to place what it was supposed to be because the reader sounded Australian /Irish then I realised that since the story was located in Edinburgh it must be supposed to be a Scottish accent.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I loved this book. First of all, the central characters (Reggie and Joanna) are so well drawn that I feel I know them. The tone, the language, their relationship were all believable and engaging.
In the title, I refer to past lives. I don't mean "as in reincarnation;" I mean as in childhood tragedies and wasted years. An overarching sadness colors all of their lives, but they struggle to create newer, better ones.
The narrator was perfect.
Having made a few missteps lately in my selections, I was becoming fearful that a major over-indulgence in reading had resulted in a jaded, impossible-to-please appetite. Then I read this one by Kate Atkinson and was hooked from the first paragraph. Whew! I have reached a point where a book needs to be well-done in all aspects to hold my attention and earn my respect, and this one delivers on all fronts. Plot, narration, and ending all totalled up to equal a happily satisfied me.
The best book in the series so far. Loved the strong, vividly imagined female characters, especially Reggie. The narration was perfect, with one narrator giving each character their own distinct voice. Was over way too soon!
The ultimate multi-tasking is to read a book while driving
Great story, but horrible English accent that I could barely stand
Her English accent was not good - lots of weird vowels and mispronunciations that were very irritating
She has a wonderful voice and seemed to nail each character with regional variations and tone.
I didn't expect to enjoy this audio book as much as I did. We've been watching the series "Case Histories" on PBS and enjoyed that, but the audio book is much better! Ellen Archer's reading is just delightful, she brings the characters to life. I think seeing the series actually helped; the characters were well cast and meshed with the reading but the increased depth and the changes from the books to the series kept things fresh.
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