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Started Early, Took My Dog

Jackson Brodie 4
Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
Series: Jackson Brodie Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)

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Summary

It's 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.

Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance in a tale peopled with unlikely heroes and villains. Started Early, Took My Dog is freighted with wit, wisdom and a fierce moral intelligence. It confirms Kate Atkinson’s position as one of the great writers of our time.

©2010 Kate Atkinson (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Helen
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 04-06-12

As good as the others

Another wonderful audiobook edition of Kate Atkinson's fabulous Jackson Brodie series. By now, if we've stayed with the series, we're all in love with Jackson Brodie - that brooding, unlucky former policeman who never seems to get the girl of his dreams (although he does get *a* girl every now and then). Witty, well-crafted, with a serious undertow... I loved this novel as much as I loved the others in the series and can't wait for the next one. My only regret is the loss of the perfect Jason Isaacs as narrator (hello to Jason Isaacs!) but Nicholas Bell does a fine job anyway.

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  • Pj
  • Leicester
  • 05-03-12

Really enjoyable

I loved this book. The characters, including the dog, have real depth to them and are beautifully portrayed, and the plot is sensitive and enjoyable. I took to all the characters - poor old Tilly, the ex-copper Tracy, and Jackson himself. There are some lovely touches - little Courtney and her fairy costume, old Harry the fixer baking pies, these all make the characters real. Kate Atkinson has written a really ripping yarn that kept me listening to the very end. I enjoyed the reader too, despite the fact that he does not know how to pronounce Niamh (Neeve) - perhaps not everyone listening will notice. I can't wait to listen to another Jackson Brodie story.

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  • Marie
  • newcastle, United Kingdom
  • 17-07-15

enjoyed this tremendously.

I love these books. best way to describe them is is River Cottage and Silence of the Lambs did a crossover.
only marred by jarring and regular mispronouncing of several words notably the main characters sisters name (Neeyam instead of Neeve) otherwise very enjoyable. off the buy next one in the series : )

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Loved it!

Another great story about Jackson Brodie. Always the kind of books that you don't want to come to an end, but you do, so that you can find out what the hell is going on! Bring on the rest Kate.

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  • Heike
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • 27-03-12

Don't bother

I found this a deeply annoying and quite confusing book. Maybe it's me but there were too many characters and too much trivia about them that made it difficult to find a storyline. The storyline itself was pretty weak too. Combine that with a narrator who was unable to pronounce Niamh (every time he said Nee-aam it made me cringe, is there nobody who goes over the spoken book and checks it???) or in fact had a very peculiar way to pronounce quite common words and you'll get the picture. In my opinion this is not a crime novel, not a good book and a lousy narrator. Don't bother.

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  • Patrick
  • Morpeth, United Kingdom
  • 09-02-12

A long time walking the dog

I have struggled....firstly with the narrator who could not pronounce 'Niamh' correctly nor 'ascetic' ( came out 'acetic', as in vinegar).
Secondly the story itself, meandering, boring, and, when it finally ended, one of those stories that made you wonder why you had bothered!

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Ruined by mispronunciations!

Great story, as all of Kate Atkinson's are - but, really ?!? Niamh pronounced as NEE-AM?!? Seriously?! Does no-one check this stuff? I had to stop reading, just too annoying.

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Poor pronunciation

I love this book but find it difficult to believe that the narrator or producer doesn’t know how to pronounce the name “Niamh”. It’s a commonplace name! Ridiculous. The narrator really spoils it, always sounds like he needs to clear his throat.

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Great but...

Why can none of the narrators of these novels not pronounce Niamh?! Or bother researching how to pronounce place names like Merchiston?Why did no one producing it pick up on any of these? Really jarring to an otherwise enjoyable listen.

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Very nearly perfect

I read this book years ago and loved it - I thought it would be good to listen to it as an audio book - it was wonderful - with just one exception - the narrator mispronounced Jackson's sister's name - sorry but this should have been spotted - having said that his voice was good and the rest of the narrative was excellent - so I will grudgingly forgive this one error

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  • Caroline
  • 05-08-16

Learn how to pronounce the names you read, narrator!

Niamh is pronounced "Neve." It's an Irish name, because Jackson's mum was Irish. Listening to this narrator pronounce it wrong throughout the (really good) novel is irritating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful