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When Will There Be Good News? | [Kate Atkinson]
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When Will There Be Good News?

In Devon, six-year-old Joanna witnesses a crime. Thirty years later, the man convicted of the crime gets out of prison. In Edinburgh,16-year-old Reggie works as for a doctor. But Dr Hunter goes missing & Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Richard & Judy Best Read, 2009.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Crime Thriller of the Year, 2009.
A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection.
Selected as one of the Telegraph¿s 50 Best Summer Reads, 2009.

In Devon, six-year-old Joanna witnesses a crime. Thirty years later, the man convicted of the crime gets out of prison.

In Edinburgh,16-year-old Reggie works as for a doctor. But Dr Hunter goes missing & Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried.

©2008 Kate Atkinson; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Wendy TAUNTON, SOMERSET, United Kingdom 29/03/2009
    Wendy TAUNTON, SOMERSET, United Kingdom 29/03/2009 Member Since 2006
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    "When will there be good news"

    Kate Atkinson at her very best once again. I read her first three books years ago, she is off the wall and different, but oh so talented. It took me a little while to realise the characters from Case Histories (brilliant!!) were revisited. The narrator is superb, please explore this author, you will not be disappointed, please keep writing Kate, I need to know more about Jackson Brodie.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Watford, United Kingdom 07/11/2010
    Michelle Watford, United Kingdom 07/11/2010

    I have always been an avid devourer of the written word. I am now no longer to read books and cannot wait for Audible day each month.

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    "Extremely Good News"

    I find that Kate Atkinson's books can either be excellent or disappointing - this book definitely falls into the first category. I forgot to take my iPod on holiday, and had to try reverting to reading to stop myself going mad; the only book shop I had access to had this as one of its few offerings. Unfortunately, due to a deteriorating illness, I just could not get past the first few chapters, but the book had ensnared me and as soon as I got home I just had to download it. I listened to the whole book in only two or three days and it totally renewed my faith in the author's tales. The book itself weaves several disparate lives together in a way that could've come across as forced, but didn't in the slightest. The ending, where everybody's life finally comes together, was excellently written, apart from one tiny element that I still don't quite understand despite several 'readings' of the book. I shan't spoil the denouement for those who haven't yet read this marvellous book, but if anyone can explain how the firearm ends up where it does, please let me know. I cannot recommend this book enough.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Dunblane, United Kingdom 04/04/2009
    Carolyn Dunblane, United Kingdom 04/04/2009 Member Since 2006
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    "Shame about the accents"

    I throughly enjoyed this book, Kate Atkinson is a great and interesting writer. However the narrator had the most dreadful Scottish accents The Scots all sounded surprised and rather whiney. Otherwise I would have given this book 5 stars.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 24/08/2012
    Jennifer Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 24/08/2012 Listener Since 2009

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    "Dreadful narration"

    Story takes a long while to get going and didn't start to grip me until about three quarters of the way through when it started coming together. The characters werent easy to understand but worst of all was the narration. Steven Crossley sounds like he's reading to a child and his women's voices reminded me of the "I'm a laaaiideeee" sketches from Little Britain. Made it difficult to enjoy. I would suggest reading the actual book rather than listening to this recording.

    Also he pronounced one of the main character's name wrong the whole way through the book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kaggy Kent, United Kingdom 09/02/2014
    Kaggy Kent, United Kingdom 09/02/2014 Member Since 2010

    Audible addict. Listens while commuting,walking and any chance possible. Enjoys all genres although is yet to read a sporting biography.

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    "Another great Jackson Brodie story"

    I have read the series and found them immensely enjoyable. My only quibble is the fact that I can't really understand why the female characters are so critical of Jackson.

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    Helena Stroud, United Kingdom 23/04/2012
    Helena Stroud, United Kingdom 23/04/2012
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    "Wry and entertaining"

    This is not an average crime novel. Kate Atkinson specialises in character development, and there are some wild co-incidences! I've listened to all of the 'Case Histories' quartet now, in the wrong order, and loved all of them, particularly this one (the third) and Started Early, Took my Dog (the fourth, and latest). I love the wit of the observations, the pace of the story, the rapid twists and turns of the tale. While the narration of this is not as fine as Nicholas Bell's on Started Early, Took my Dog, I found the voice friendly enough, though I do agree with a previous reviewer that the Scottish accents are all over the place. geographically, and scarcely credible. If you can put that gripe to one side, you'll enjoy the white-knuckle ride of Jackson and Reggie's adventures in Edinburgh and the North of England.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Bristol, United Kingdom 22/04/2012
    Helen Bristol, United Kingdom 22/04/2012 Member Since 2009

    Author, reviewer, publisher @SilverWoodBooks.

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    "Utterly brilliant"

    The third Jackson Brodie story, and I was so pleased to find it unabridged. Jackson Brodie is a fascinating character, and I love reading each book, discovering more layers in his history. Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer who weaves a compelling, page turning story populated by great characters. I love the connections and the looping coincidences (or should that be "explanations waiting to happen"??). Just like real life, but masterfully told. My only teeny tiny gripe was the slight 'Mrs Doubtfire' element of the narration at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 11/01/2011
    Jen Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 11/01/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Usual Atkinson 5 star"

    The usual great Atkinson! Story twists & turns intriguingly with the lovely crazy Reggie at the centre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    24/02/2010
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    "Another great listen"

    Brilliant, great to meet up with the characters of her previous books. Same good quality twists and turns. Hope to see a new one appearing soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P Birmingham, United Kingdom 14/07/2009
    P Birmingham, United Kingdom 14/07/2009 Member Since 2006

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    "well written, disappointing ending"

    Really enjoyable read/listen - lots going on, some of which is quite unbelievable. The ending is a little rushed and disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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