One Good Turn: A Novel Audiobook, by Kate Atkinson Play Audiobook Sample

One Good Turn: A Novel Audiobook

One Good Turn: A Novel Audiobook, by Kate Atkinson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Steven Crossley Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Jackson Brodie Series Release Date: May 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781549184536

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Longest Chapter Length:

38:34 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

42 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

14:23 minutes

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Publisher Description

On a beautiful summer day, crowds lined up outside a theater witness a sudden act of extreme road rage: a tap on a fender triggers a nearly homicidal attack. Jackson Brodie, ex-cop, ex-private detective, new millionaire, is among the bystanders.

The event thrusts Jackson into the orbit of the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a washed-up comedian, a successful crime novelist, a mysterious Russian woman, and a female police detective. Each of them hiding a secret, each looking for love or money or redemption or escape, they all play a role in driving Jackson out of retirement and into the middle of several mysteries that intersect in one sinister scheme.

Kate Atkinson "writes such fluid, sparkling prose that an ingenious plot almost seems too much to ask, but we get it anyway," writes Laura Miller for Salon. With a keen eye for the excesses of modern life, a warm understanding of the frailties of the human heart, and a genius for plots that turn and twist, Atkinson has written a novel that delights and surprises from the first page to the last.

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“Atkinson puts a thoroughly enjoyable spin on this character-driven detective novel…Atkinson skillfully links the characters to one another, revealing twists from their various points of view, and in Brodie creates a likable star. Once involved in the case, he reverts to a pleasingly take-charge, strong-but-silent type who will leave readers eagerly awaiting his next outing. Highly recommended.”

— Library Journal 


  • “An absolute joy to read…The pleasure of One Good Turn lies in the ride, in Atkinson’s wry, unvanquished characters, her swooping, savvy, sarcastic prose, and authorial joie de vivre.”

    — The Guardian (London)
  • "One Good Turn…demonstrates that no good deed goes unpunished, often violently.”

    — Village Voice
  • “This is a detective novel packed with more wit, insight, and subtlety than an entire shelf full of literary fiction…The plot is an incidental pleasure in a book crammed with quirky humor and cogent reflections on contemporary life…Highly recommended reading.”

    — Marie Claire (5/5 stars)
  • “Another absorbing character study from the versatile, effervescent Atkinson.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Narrator Steven Crossley’s apt reading convincingly portrays men, women, and children, Scots, and Brits. Highly recommended.”

    — Library Journal (audio review)
  • “Delightfully witty reading.”

    — Booklist


  • A Village Voice Pick of Favorite Books of the Year
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2006

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About Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her books featuring Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Her novel Life after Life was the winner of the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honors List and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

About Steven Crossley

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.