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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Atkinson Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jackson Brodie Series Release Date:
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It’s a day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse—until she makes a shocking impulse purchase. That 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 outrageous 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. 

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. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Atkinson skillfully weaves…story lines together, creating an almost melancholy tale about the passage of time and the ripple effect of consequences of past acts…Atkinson’s prose is so lovely, with startlingly keen observations and wit, even those uninterested in the solving of various whodunits will be spellbound.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Crime has given Atkinson the freedom to write an ambitious, panoramic work, full of excitement, color and compassion.”

    Sunday Times

  • “An irrepressible exuberance shines throughout…Folds past and present together with Atkinson’s customary flair…Extraordinary combination of wit, plain-speaking, tenderness, and control.”


  • “The plot is as pleasingly intricate as ever and just as heavily populated with beautifully summed up characters…Atkinson tells us what’s going on with an imagination that keeps our minds reeling and our jaws dropping.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Kate Atkinson has done it again: created an extremely readable mystery filled with innuendo, all kinds of literary references and lovable characters…She takes the reader right inside her characters’ brains…Started Early, Took My Dog is filled with wit, humor, surprising coincidences, and twists and turns. Atkinson fans will love it, and it's sure to earn her new devotees.”

    Vancouver Sun

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Barry Award Nominee for Best British Crime Novel
  • A 2011 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth Russell | 2/19/2014

    " Finished in two sessions; once PI Jackson Brodie entered, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Debselden | 2/18/2014

    " I'm not a big fan of her narrative technique. I love the character Jackson Brodie, but i'm not all that interested in the meandering thoughts and inner lives of the minor characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Georganne | 2/12/2014

    " Really enjoyed it. Engaging, and unique plot. Likeable main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meade | 2/7/2014

    " I love the Jackson Brodie books... can only assume there will be another! This one bordered on a 5. Great to listen to in the car. "

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