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When Will There Be Good News? Audiobook

When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever.

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

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    P 11-19-08
    P 11-19-08
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    "Ellen"

    The book is very enjoyable, but the poor narrator....

    She has a lovely voice, and speaks beautifully, with pretty good intonation, but there are lots of accents in this book, often scots, and they wobble between scots/irish/australian/south-african and that within the same sentence and there is no consitency from person to person. It is a pity, because it is annoying and it does make it hard to follow which character is speaking.

    I would like to hear her narrate something without the accents.


    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Iain BertrangeLuxembourg 03-04-09
    Iain BertrangeLuxembourg 03-04-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Destroyed by the Reader"

    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.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    David SeebOman 02-26-09
    David SeebOman 02-26-09
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    "Irritating Accents"

    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

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Wolcott 08-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "poor narration"

    Narrator's poor attempts at Scottish accents were distracting , annoying, and even confusing. Give us authentic, consistent accents or none at all!

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    jean Tampa, Florida, United States 05-28-16
    jean Tampa, Florida, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Dreadful accent"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Will There Be Good News??

    The train crash.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Plundered treasure 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth buying..."

    Good story. A little too much 'prose' initially and slow to bring characters together but worth the wait

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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-02-16
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-02-16 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Interwoven Stories of Past Lives"

    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.

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    Sharon 03-18-16
    Sharon 03-18-16
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    "Ahhhhhh....."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 03-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVE!"

    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!

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    Bevin 01-26-16
    Bevin 01-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story - terrible accents"

    Really good "read" but my god the Scottish accents are the worst I've ever heard.

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