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
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.
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.
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.
Complex and extremely well written, with wonderful characters. I really enjoyed the narration as well.
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.
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.
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.
I was disappointed but it was average reading.
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 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 !
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