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
I think the key to getting the most out of this book as a listening experience is to not be familiar with the Scots or Irish accent. The narrator's attempts at either of these is cringingly mangled. The book itself is well worthwhile with Kate Atkinson gradually drawing the reader into an intertwining set of life stories. A good listen if you don't know accents in the UK, if you do, read the book.
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 havent finished this book yet, but it is very engaging and enjoyable and I recommend atkinson fans download it asap HOWEVER that said - whilst the narrator is great when speaking in standard english, I can honestly say that she does the worst Scottish accent I have ever heard in my life - it is driving me nuts- am I the only person who has picked up on this!!!!! I'm sorry but dont people pick up on this when they interview for the narration job !
I love Kate Atkinson’s work – and this story is no exception…. But oh dear – the narrator! Surely there are a plethora of excellent British narrators who could have read this excellent book? The regional accents, as well as the Scots and Irish are painful to listen to – I’m guessing it is worse for an English person such as myself and may not be as annoying to folks from other countries - but maybe not? The reader has a delightful voice, and tries hard but misses the mark. Did it spoil the book for me? Well, a little bit, but I still enjoyed visiting with Jackson Brodie once again and peeping into his complicated and tangled relationships.
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I read,Case Histories,first and thoroughly enjoyed it. I expected this sequel to be as good. In some ways it was, I liked the way she interconnected the characters from the first book. The bad part was that listening I got distracted quite often and felt like I had to relisten to a few secions. I was losing track of who, what and where! My advice is that its enjoyable if you pay enough attention!
In addition to the stupefying story, the reader herself is a great performer. I don't think one can get the same pleasure by just reading the book
I didn't read the book, but I believe Ellen Archer's narration added emotional depth to an already very moving book.
Yes -- by switching back and forth between cliffhanger situations. Often the peril was psychological as much as physical.
Any scene with the detective Brody is a favorite.
Yes -- it was so compelling I didn't want to turn it off.
I love Kate Atkinson, and I loved the Case Histories audiobook, but this is such a disappointment. There are thousands of English actresses who could have narrated this book. This narrator is clearly American and her English accent is so distractingly off.
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This is possibly the most depressing book I have ever listened to. The narrator was okay but didn't handle Irish Scottish English accents very well when changing from one to the other. There wasn't a really big deal for me because the story was so depressing that I didn't really care about the narration. If I hadn't been doing housework and gardening and going for a walk while I listen to this I probably would not of even finished. I love Kate Atkinson's other work this one give it a pass.
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
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