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Publisher's Summary

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night.

Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.

Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

Thirty years after the first incident, as private detective Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge.

©2004 Kate Atkinson; (P)2005 Hachette Audio

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Good mystery

Very entertaining story. Fully realized characters. Even when the story gets dark, there's just enough humor to keep it from being too bleak.

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Giving up in Chapter 6

What disappointed you about Case Histories?

Well, I gave up at Chapter 6 because nothing interesting or engaging had happened and I couldn't take the boredom any longer.

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Not much of a mystery

I seldom write reviews of novels, because I think opinions about fiction are so subjective...everyone likes what they like, and we're all so different.

But I just had to say, I'm an avid Audible listener, listening to 40 or so books a year, and I can't recall the last time I disliked a title as much as this one. This is my third Kate Atkinson, so I'm not entirely new to her style.

I wouldn't say this is a mystery novel, although there is a "whodunnit" element. Spoiler alert: all three central women are victimized in an entirely stereotypical way, there is nothing new or particularly mysterious about what happened to them, as it turns out.

But you will slog through HOURS of endless and, at least to my ears, useless characterization of the bizarre cast that make up this story before you get to the resolution. If you like your mysteries thin on plot and HEAVY on strange character development, this one's for you.

I personally am very sad I spent a credit on it.

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  • Adam
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 06-15-17

Postmodern Prudishness Meets English Snobbery

The plot and characters might be passable with a different telling, but this author's underlying premise is, essentially, "In an era of global depravity, who will protect the women?"

Dismaying fixations on which girls are virgins, for how long will she remain a virgin, shouldn't she still be a virgin -- etc. Men are discussed at length as dangerous depravers who inflict children and other burdens upon women. One character becomes a cloistered nun, and the protagonist muses affirmatively that perhaps convents should be brought back as a suitable way to protect women.

This is all dressed up with some "modern" trappings of violence and casual crassness, but only as set pieces to justify the author's priggishness. Likewise, the author seems to think there's some postmodern or clever "twist" in juxtaposing mothers who hate being parents against fathers who revel in it. The resulting tone is mean and simplistic.

The author also casually airs a load of English snobbishness, with characters fretting about who's "common," disparaging people and other things as "American," etc. At one point the supposedly world-weary protagonist makes a flippant show of naivete, asking "Where do poor people live?" and later on wonders whether Marks & Spencer is too Jewish.

The narrator's delivery is suitably matched to the content, minus her grating tendency to insert overlong pauses into the middles of paragraphs.

If you're the sort of bigot who cheers for Brexits and Trumps, then this dreck is pandering to you.

In short: Shameful.*


*(I've scored it two stars across the board because the execution is largely competent. It's the worldview that's repugnant.)

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well done

I have read a number of Kate Atkinson stories. this is the first mystery. well done!

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A great listen!

Characters that involved me, a plot that revolved and spun over years into a satisfying, sleight-of-hand ending that made me say, "Ahhhh-HA!

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Cannot get past the grating narration

Would you try another book from Kate Atkinson and/or Susan Jameson?

Atkinson, yes, Jameson, absolutely not

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No but only because the narration was so bad I couldn't listen for long stretches

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Made every character sound like a petulant, whiny, high pitched, unsympathetic old lady

Did Case Histories inspire you to do anything?

Read the actual book instead of listening.

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Like a song, I listened over and over!

This book had such wonderful details leading down the path to the truth of each case I found I had to listen to it again. It was quite a surprise to be because during the first 3 chapters I didn't get the connections. By the end of my first listen I was drawn back to the start to hear all the hints I'd missed not knowing where the story led. It was brilliant!
Case Histories was also read very well by Susan James who's phrasing I enjoyed and relished her small exclamations prepared by the author. I especially enjoyed her character voices for Julia and was haunted by her Olivia voice. Such a wonderful array of characters! So many quirky little connections I enjoyed going back to discover again.

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Great book and wonderful performance

Where does Case Histories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brody.

What does Susan Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms. Jameson gives an amazing performance. I cannot even imagine another person reading this story.

Any additional comments?

Perfect marriage of story and performer! LOVED it!!!!

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slightly intriguing stories, bad language

couldn't listen to this. the language was too rough for me. but uplifting at all.