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Case Histories Audiobook

Case Histories: A Novel

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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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    Barbara 08-19-15
    Barbara 08-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thanks, NPR, for introducing me to Kate Atkinson!"

    I thought I didn't really like fiction very much but have now thoroughly enjoyed listening to three Kate Atkinson novels, usually at the expense of something else I should be doing. The complex characters' stories are interesting, sad, and thoroughly engaging, and I laughed a few dozen times at Atkinson's wry, ironic tone.

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    Pamela 07-23-15
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    "Wonderful series"

    Beautifully written, by turns heartbreaking and hilarious. Every character indelibly drawn, especially flawed hero, Brodie.

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    fmadsen 07-04-15
    fmadsen 07-04-15
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    "Meh,.... Shouldn't have been a "detective" story"

    This book was disappointing. Several stories in entwined together....at the very, very end. It was basically three stories and mostly about the detective himself, that somehow were fit together in the last 30 minutes. There were Sind interesting characters, the writing wasn't awful, and the narrator was ok..but if you are looking for a detective story or anything reassembling the twists that are typical, don't waste your credit.

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    Jason B Franks 05-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"

    Worst book ever. I expected so much more. Will not read another by this author.
    Very disappointed. On to another.

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    kwt 05-05-15
    kwt 05-05-15

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    "TV series is better"

    The book does not portray Jackson as warmly as does the series. Much more crudeness too. The series is quite true to the story which is very well crafted - but flows better and is actually easier to follow.

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    KSHC Riverview, FL 04-22-15
    KSHC Riverview, FL 04-22-15

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    "Not impressed"

    Gave it a shot, ended up skipping to the last chapter. Maybe it was the melodramatic narration. Whatever the reason, won't be getting another book by author nor narrator.

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    Lynn Johns Creek, GA, United States 02-20-15
    Lynn Johns Creek, GA, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Exceptional narrator for an exceptional book!!!"

    I am loving all things by Kate Atkinson. Terrific wit and observer of human behavior. Great stories, all woven together very cleverly.

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    M. Rubin 01-13-15
    M. Rubin 01-13-15

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    "Intriguing"

    The stories were woven together like rich vines. I didn't want to press pause. The reader was so well suited.

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    Iris Pereyra 01-01-15

    Audiobooks have enriched my reading experience so much I actually look forward to my long daily commute and house chores!

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    "Beautiful writing and engaging stories"

    This was my first Kate Atkinson book and I enjoyed her style of writing very much.

    As you probably know, the books consists of 3 stories/crimes that after 30 years, are being investigated by PI Brody as he looks into a possible connection between all of them.

    The start of the book felt a little difficult to follow up but by the 2nd story the author starts putting all the pieces together and I found the conclusion satisfying, although perhaps the journey was more enjoyable than the destination.
    I am not typically a reader that grumbles a lot about the ending of books so very rarely this is an issue for me, but I can see how the wrapping of Case Stories might not satisfy many readers.

    Susan Jameson was a wonderful narrator and a perfect fit in my opinion for this audiobook.
    I am not sure that I've heard more books narrated by her but I'll make sure to look up her name for others in the future.

    Case Histories it's sort of a complex read but I found the writing beautiful & compelling so if you are into literary mysteries this might be a good option for you.

    I am adding the other 3 books on the series to my long list of books to read/listen in 2015!!

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    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 10-05-14
    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 10-05-14

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    "Disappointing, very disjointed."
    Would you try another book from Kate Atkinson and/or Susan Jameson?

    Probably not. This book was hard to follow; I kept thinking that my ipod must be on "shuffle."


    What could Kate Atkinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Reduce the jumping from one "case history" to another. I know this is a literary device but for some reason, it made this book very difficult to follow and even remember the characters from one jump to another.


    What about Susan Jameson’s performance did you like?

    Good voice, easy to understand, nice accent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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