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When Will There Be Good News? Audiobook

When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever.

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

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    Pat 09-21-17
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    "Love this writer"

    Atkinson starts with a mishmash of people's lives and slowly weaves them together. This book is simply enjoyable, start to end.

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    Plundered treasure 05-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    Good story. A little too much 'prose' initially and slow to bring characters together but worth the wait

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    Sharon 03-18-16
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    "Ahhhhhh....."

    Having made a few missteps lately in my selections, I was becoming fearful that a major over-indulgence in reading had resulted in a jaded, impossible-to-please appetite. Then I read this one by Kate Atkinson and was hooked from the first paragraph. Whew! I have reached a point where a book needs to be well-done in all aspects to hold my attention and earn my respect, and this one delivers on all fronts. Plot, narration, and ending all totalled up to equal a happily satisfied me.

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    "LOVE!"

    The best book in the series so far. Loved the strong, vividly imagined female characters, especially Reggie. The narration was perfect, with one narrator giving each character their own distinct voice. Was over way too soon!

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    Nicola Read West Van, B.C. Canada 02-03-15
    Nicola Read West Van, B.C. Canada 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Accent was too irritating"
    What did you like best about When Will There Be Good News?? What did you like least?

    Great story, but horrible English accent that I could barely stand


    What didn’t you like about Ellen Archer’s performance?

    Her English accent was not good - lots of weird vowels and mispronunciations that were very irritating


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    Maryann 08-14-14
    Maryann 08-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "What a wonderful combination of story and reader!"
    What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

    She has a wonderful voice and seemed to nail each character with regional variations and tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect to enjoy this audio book as much as I did. We've been watching the series "Case Histories" on PBS and enjoyed that, but the audio book is much better! Ellen Archer's reading is just delightful, she brings the characters to life. I think seeing the series actually helped; the characters were well cast and meshed with the reading but the increased depth and the changes from the books to the series kept things fresh.

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    Tawney Dash Point, WA, United States 04-14-14
    Tawney Dash Point, WA, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I really enjoy this author."

    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.

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    Heather Brentwood, MO, United States 05-19-12
    Heather Brentwood, MO, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Kate Atkinson is a fun read"
    Would you listen to When Will There Be Good News? again? Why?

    Probably not. It's not that deep. But it is fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Will There Be Good News??

    none in particular


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-01-12
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A great story ruined by horrible narration"

    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.

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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 12-17-11
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it. Its hard to say more wihtout giving it away. I am glad Reggie wound up ok.


    Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favorite?

    I liked Reggie the best. Archer did an excellent job with all the characters and personalities. You could always tell who was talking.


    Did When Will There Be Good News? inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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