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When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel | [Kate Atkinson]

When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

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.
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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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    Diane Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-17-12
    Diane Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Why not a Brit for the part?"

    When I started listening I thought there was somethjing wong with my iPod. The narration sounded stilted. The I realised the problem was with the narrator herself trying to 'do' an English accent. I could only listen for a short while. I ended up geting another version from the public library.

    After the fact, I read the reviews and saw that this was something that others had commented on. Oh well, better luck in the future!

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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 12-17-11
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2008

    I am a big fan of thrillers. I only give stories a 5 rating if it really keeps my attention and makes we anxiously wait to see what's next!

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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really, it was a very light thriller in that it was enjoyable to listen to but if you perfer more intense ones you may not like it that much. It was kind of quirky but in a light and pleasant way. I liked the 'British


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it. Its hard to say more wihtout giving it away. I am glad Reggie wound up ok.


    Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favorite?

    I liked Reggie the best. Archer did an excellent job with all the characters and personalities. You could always tell who was talking.


    Did When Will There Be Good News? inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a lot of subplots in the story and many things that should be really intense. It managed not to be, but it was still nice to listen to.

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    Celia Jackmauh 12-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story, cringe worthy accents"
    If you could sum up When Will There Be Good News? in three words, what would they be?

    The story is excellent, insightful sharp writing. The narrators accents are cringe worthy. Too bad!


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    Caren S. Knox-Hundley Charlotte, NC, United States 11-11-11
    Caren S. Knox-Hundley Charlotte, NC, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Suspend your Disbelief"

    There are so many plots going on in this novel, and so many coincidences, it can feel hard to follow - but it's a testament to Kate Atkinson's storytelling that it all works and weaves together beautifully. I did not want to stop listening to this, and I wanted to restart as soon as I was done! My one complaint is that Ellen Archer made Jackson Brodie sound dim-witted and slow - and he's anything but.

    I have read complaints that the coincidences are just too numerous to be believable, but for me, Atkinson makes it very easy to fall fully into her world. There ARE loose story ends, and stories we'll never fully know, actually one of the things I like about Atkinson's writing -- true to real life in that sense.

    I am loving all of the Jackson Brodie books - this one is different from the others in that it's even more internal, we hear more of what each character thinks and believes, and the plot is slower to kick off - but once it does, look out! You'll be in for a twisty, satisfying read.

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    K Tampa, FL, United States 05-18-11
    K Tampa, FL, United States 05-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "This book made me a Kate Atkinson fan"

    I tried this audiobook after Parade Magazine rated it as one of their top audiobooks of the year. Two years later, it is still one of my favorite audiobooks and made me a fan of her stories for life.

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    Angela Vienna, Austria 08-25-10
    Angela Vienna, Austria 08-25-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Ruined totally by the reader"

    I rarely review, but this book has been such a disappointment I felt compelled to do so this time. My disappointment lies not with the book itself, but with the appalling quality of the reading. This is definitely a book you should buy not listen too - the reader simply massacres it. Her attempts at generic Scottish/Irish/Northern English accents are embarrassing at best, and downright awful the rest of the time. She doesn't even manage to pronounce place names correctly (think of Penicuik). I can't understand why the publisher didn't quality control the reading before the audiobook was released.

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    Denise Montclair, NJ, United States 06-06-10
    Denise Montclair, NJ, United States 06-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen!"

    Complex and extremely well written, with wonderful characters. I really enjoyed the narration as well.

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    Deirdre tr, SC, USA 01-21-10
    Deirdre tr, SC, USA 01-21-10
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    "always great"

    I wait for Kate Atkinson's books suffering in silence. I'm glad to see jackson's still around and I loved Reggie. A great story which the narrator didn't affect one way or another.I definitely recommend.

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    Chris Crystal Lake, IL, USA 01-09-09
    Chris Crystal Lake, IL, USA 01-09-09
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    "Slow to start but worth the wait"

    I have to admit that after an hour i was tempted to give up on this but stuck with it and was rewarded with a really good character development book and interesting story. Have never read a Kate Atkinson novel but after listening to this i went and bought a couple more. Only problem, apart from the slow start, was a really bad scottish accent by the narrator. I come from the UK and it was no where close to authentic.

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-06-09
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-06-09 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "a little confusing"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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