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
Overall it is hard to say. It really makes no sense to say that it is better or not as good as say the Adrian Mckinty, Sean Duffy or Michael Forsythe books. But I can say it passes the 'am I sorry the book is finished' test.
That is tough to say as well. Ms. Atkinson draws characters as well as any author I have ever read. Jo Hunter, Reggie and of course Jackson Brodie are so well drawn. They are very interesting characters. Reggie is the most sympathetic.
No. But it was a terrific performance.
When Jo Hunter manages to free herself and her baby was a real relief.
I really hope that Ms. Atkinson keeps Jackson Brodie alive and kicking. It would be interesting to see his back story fleshed out. Should be noted that I have not finished Left Early...
Especially tragic, because it sounds to me as if this narrator would be very good with the right material, but a variety pack of UK accents ain't it! The story is very good, and I didn't want to miss another book in the series (had to skip the last one because it was ABRIDGED! I KNOW!) but the wandering, indistinct accents had me on the edge of bailing throughout. Honestly, without the place names I'm not sure I'd be able to pinpoint where these people were from. If such things bother you, spare yourself.
Several reviewers commented on the narrator's accent. Since I'm not British I don't know from correct accents, so it sounded great to me. I got hooked on Kate Atkinson after I read Life After Life, which I think was a work of genius.
A different narrator
Yes but not with the same narrator
She had a bizarre pronunciation and killed the book for me - the woman who reads Case Histories was fabulous and should have read this book instead
Please do not listen to anything this woman narrates
Probably not. It's not that deep. But it is fun
none in particular
None in particular
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I love Kate Atkinson's complex characters and the twisty plots she creates. This was the first time I listened to one of her books and was too distracted by the narration to appreciate the quality of her writing. It's truly cringe-worthy narration. What a pity.
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!
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!
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
I liked it. Its hard to say more wihtout giving it away. I am glad Reggie wound up ok.
I liked Reggie the best. Archer did an excellent job with all the characters and personalities. You could always tell who was talking.
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.
The story is excellent, insightful sharp writing. The narrators accents are cringe worthy. Too bad!
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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