Imprint: Audio RH UK
Source: loan from a friend
Warning: What I listened to was an abridged version, approx 6 hours, on 5 CDs, but I think there may also be an unabridged one.
Narrator: Jason Isaacs
A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.
Witnesses to Tracy's Faustian exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.
I feel a little guilty at having listened to an abridged version, but you know what they say about looking a gift horse in the mouth. My guilt stems particularly from the fact that I have an unabridged version on my Kindle.
I always wonder what the "abridgers" cut out in these versions, what have I missed out on?
However, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG.
I must admit I have come away without any idea what the title actually means (perhaps that was in a bit that was abridged).
The publisher's promo says
- Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance in a tale peopled with unlikely heroes and villains.
My rating: 4.6
This is #4 in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series:
1. Case Histories (2004)
2. One Good Turn (2006)
3. When Will There Be Good News (2008)
4. Started Early, Took My Dog (2010)
It reminded me that I still haven't read CASE HISTORIES, although somewhere I do have a copy.
My other reviews, both rated at 4.8:
ONE GOOD TURN
WHERE WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS?
I'm tempted to listen just to have Jason Isaacs read to me. But I have a real 'thing' about abridged books - they're just not quite right - it's less than half the length of the unabridged one at audible (though that one's not narrated by Isaacs)
Kerrie - This one's already been on my TBR list for a bit; time to move it up. Glad you enjoyed it.
The title is from Emily Dickinson.
I hope to read this one soon. Maybe the print version will give me a clue about the title.
The unabridged version is just out, published by Bolinda, with Nicholas Bell as the narrator. It is a little over 12 hours long.
--JEFF aka Rockinbear @Audiobook Jukebox
Read the book and loved it, but I love all of her books. It rambled a bit, was full of coincidence, but it didn't matter. Perfect coming together of so many different plotlines! Loved the dog!
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