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Summary

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet – Lost on the left, Found on the right – and the two never seem to balance.

Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge, and has a failed marriage to prove it. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, he attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected…

©2004 Kate Atkinson (P)2010 Random House Audio

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Why abridged?

What would have made Case Histories better?

The abridging ruined this otherwise great story and good reader. A huge pity. please can we have the full book?

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Brilliant, but such a shame it's been abridged

'Case Histories' is a great story (or series of inter-connected stories) featuring the charismatic Jackson Brodie (so excellently given voice by Jason Isaacs which was perfect casting). I thoroughly enjoyed the way the various strands played out and were resolved - lots going on, as there always is in an Atkinson book. I would really liked to have given 5 stars but I couldn't because of the abridgement. It completely ruined the latter parts of the book for me... often I was left wondering who certain characters were as I didn't think I'd heard of them before (or they'd not had sufficient introduction, as they would have done in an unabridged version). I didn't purchase this book for a long time as I was hoping an unabridged version would be forthcoming but eventually gave up waiting as I really wanted to listen to the story. If any other listeners are thinking of doing that, then go ahead - it doesn't totally ruin the experience, but it does make you feel a bit frustrated.

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Great reader, good book.

Case Histories is the first in the Jackson Brodie series. It starts with short descriptions of three cases from years before - the disappearance of a small girl, and two brutal murders. For various reasons, Jackson (an ex-copper turned PI) is approached by people related to the victims, who all want to look again at aspects of the cases.

I really enjoyed this, although I think that's at least as much due to Isaacs' narration as to the book itself. The book is a tricky balance, with a tone of light, ironic humour despite the profound and sometimes upsetting details of the stories. The narration manages to point up the humour while also being serious enough to be moving, when that's necessary.

This is the first audiobook I have listened to and it was a good combination of reader and material.

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A cracking story

A great introduction to the thoroughly decent bloke that is Jackson Brodie. Kate Atkinson is a genius at creating complex and believable characters. Sometimes laugh out loud, sometimes incredibly sad, but always written with great skill. Threads of people’s lives that weave together in a great story.

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Don’t get the abridged version!!

I don’t know how but it seems I accidentally bought the abridged version. Don’t do it! I ended up confused by all the characters and unable to follow the storyline (and missing so many of those juicy details that make detective stories so fun).

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Engrossed from go to wo!

I was riveted but sadly just too many characters and in the end I was confused. Great story and excellent narration

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Disappointing. Spoilt by abridgement?

I didn’t know this was abridged, and given it was abridged, it was done badly. Brodie doesn’t appear to do much detecting. He more or less falls over the solutions to the mysteries. There is only one suspect for the attempts on his life, and no investigation. He guesses the answer to Olivia’s murder, and never uncovers the ‘Why?’ which is revealed only through Amelia’s perspective flashback. The solution to Laura’s murder is found with massive simplicity, and one wonders how on Earth the police could not have solved it before - or indeed Theo. Did they never show pictures of the jumper to anyone? The first two hours - of five - felt like self-indulgent back story and interiority. The constant shifts of perspective combined with a dominant, singular, literary authorial voice, made it confusing and difficult to engage with. As for Brodie, ex-mil, ex-police, divorced, mid-life crisis... and doesn’t do much actual footwork... I can only assume the unabridged version was much better.

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Brilliant - Jackson is back!

Loved it, wasn’t sure if would be as good as the previous books but I was constantly rewinding to catch little bits I had missed just so I got the full story. Wasn’t keen on relationship with his son compared to his relationship with Marley in previous books, didn’t seem as genuine but a great read non the less (all the better for fantastic narration by Isaacs)!

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Complex intriguing tales

Gripping and beautifully interwoven life stories that merge and unmerge. Cleverly narrated in complimentary style.

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Superb

Hard to imagine a better novel of the genre.Kate Atkinson is a superb storyteller and informative writer.