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Case Histories Audiobook

Case Histories: A Novel

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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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    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 07-28-11
    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 07-28-11

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    "Enjoyed the Complexities"

    I thought the characters, plot, etc. were realistic and very well "painted" by Atkinson. I liked how no one was "all good" or "all bad." Like real-life, I found the people portrayed to be interesting, but also full of surprises (some good, some bad). My only "quibble" with the book was the end felt quite rushed. Having been quite eloquent and verbose, the final chapters seemed to somewhat "fall off, abruptly." But still didn't undermine the book! Woo hoo! Well-done, Kate!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila cleburne, TX, United States 05-08-11
    Sheila cleburne, TX, United States 05-08-11
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    "beautifully written, but tediously assembled"

    I admire Ms. Atkinson's ability to weave a simple sentence into a beautiful tapistry. She writes beatifully. But, I found this book difficult to keep up with. It jumped from one scene to another, from one time to another, and often seemed to have missed entire scenes until they appeared suddenly much later. At first, it felt like a series of exercises in a class for descriptive writing. The stories seemed totally disjointed and I found myself wondering if I even wanted to continue. But threads became evident, and eventually the connections were made. By the last 3rd of the book, I was no longer interested enough to care and when I fell asleep, I didn't bother to back it up to replay it. I, personally, was disappointed in it overall, but I must say again, the author has a beautiful technique and talent for description. Couple that with the voice of Susan Jameson, and the issues I found with the structure become tolerable.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karen San Diego, CA, United States 12-20-10
    Karen San Diego, CA, United States 12-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the best audiobooks I've heard"

    I am always slightly puzzled by the mixed reviews on various books, and realize that everyone has different tastes. Having said that. however, I am a loss to understand why this book did not captivate everyone who read it. As other reviewers have stated, the structure of the book is ingenious. The characters are fascinating, and the ending has some surprises. Jackson Brody is not a typical hero, and the people who populate the book are eccentric and unpredictable. The narrator was flawless, and I was disappointed to discover that she only narrates one other Kate Atkinson book, and that only five of her books are even available on audio. One of them (the next book in this series) is only available in an abridged form. I've already bought the book in print form (well, actually for my Kindle - so Amazon gets my money in either case) and will hope for more Kate Atkinson books on audio, hopefully read by Susan Jameson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. 11-01-14
    S. 11-01-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Very interesting -"

    It is unusual in some ways, although not a unique format. It took me a bit to get into the book, but I am glad I stuck with it. I very much enjoyed the book, although I agree with some of the other reviews, the ending is a bit of a disappointment. The performance is outstanding and the book is a worthwhile listen. I would read other books by this author.

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    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 08-28-14
    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!

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    "Entertaining and well written"

    I had reservations about the way the book was structured at first but the author does a good job at tying it all together and delivering an interesting story overall. It was a little slow in parts but in general this is a good read.

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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 09-06-12
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Beautifully read murder mystery"

    While the story is read beautifully, in the end it is quite disappointing. Four disappearances/murders are carefully described. A hero appears who is determined to find the villains who did them, and the writeup promises that they will all be surprisingly related. But by the end of the book only one case is resolved, and no relationship is shown with any of the other cases. Basically, the writing just peters out, giving a very blah impression.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-02-12
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Now I know what to expect."

    It took me a while to get the hang of Atkinson's writing. The story line meanders a bit but is eventually - and artfully - brought back in line. The characters are quirky, flawed and very real. As with her other books, this one felt complete. The ending isn't rushed, but is paced exactly like the rest of the book. It all adds up to one terrific listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-16-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed the accent"

    I really enjoy the accent used by the narrator for the characters, I could see myself in Cambridge. The unspoken thoughts were funny. I love the way each case intertwined with the other.

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    Cary Napa, California, United States 04-22-13
    Cary Napa, California, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Top notch"

    Finely written and wonderfully delivered by Jameson. Disappointed in the resolution however, making me think I missed something.... But the journey was awfully good indeed.

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    Paul Portland, OR 05-02-11
    Paul Portland, OR 05-02-11 Member Since 2017

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "Very disappointing"

    When I read the great reviews about this book, I was really looking forward to the listen. I was terribly disappointed. The author was trying to be creative in her approach to writing a mystery novel. However, she failed terribly. This was more a sociological study than a mystery. I think the author fell in love with her own words at the expense of the plot which was confusing and, even more disappointingly, unsuspenseful. The reader was terrible. Why do readers of English novels have to make their English accent so overly English? Could Susan Jameson have rolled her "R's" any longer.The plot was confusing and the ending like a limp rag. I couldn't wait for the book to be done. If you're looking for a good well written mystery novel, try anything by James Lee Burke or Henning Mankell.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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