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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781607886792
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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.”

    Guardian

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Friswell | 2/3/2014

    " As usual lots of twists and turns in Kate Atkinson's book. Really enjoy her novels and all that life throws at Jackson Brodie you always need your thinking cap on when reading her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gabrielle | 1/22/2014

    " This is as good as _Case Histories_. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginni | 1/13/2014

    " Fascinating to read, partly because of the setting of Leeds in the present day, and in 1975; the city where my husband was born and brought up, and which I started to visit around 1974. Excellent as all the Jackson Brodie novels are - very clever plotting and characterisation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Devenish | 1/13/2014

    " Kate Atkinson can't be faulted. One of my favourite writers. And there's little I can rave about her work that hasn't been raved about by others before me. But I will rave about this: I love her unapologetic use of coincidence. Other writers would shy away from some of the extraordinarily coincidental moments she dares to plot into her stories, and very likely the weird parallels in the various subplots, too, but in sublime combination, these elements truly MAKE her books. I just love that Brodie liberates a neglected dog at the very same time that Tracy liberates a neglected child, thus setting the whole novel in motion. Beautiful. And there's a lovely little cameo, for want want of a better term, from actual the plot of her previous novel, 'When Where There Be Good News'. Another coincidence! Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/11/2014

    " I did not like it. I only got through 2nd CD. The story was hard to follow, different characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 12/16/2013

    " Good. Not great, but perfect distracting entertainment for the commute. As Erin Holland know, I almost always enjoy a good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 12/15/2013

    " Kate Atkinson is great. I do hope she is going to write another Jackson Brodie novel, I only finished it this morning and I miss him already. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta Fisher | 12/9/2013

    " I love Atkinsons books. Her writing is playful,original, at times beautiful and the stories are often moving and always full of surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Thomas | 12/8/2013

    " Rather grim setting (Leeds) with rather grim characters. But another quality Kate Atkinson detective novel that stays with you days after finishing. Have only read one other of her Jackson Brodie series but will seek out the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 12/3/2013

    " Great. It had my daughter's name in it which is a rarety. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Weston | 10/29/2013

    " Unusual, original, a bit crazy but a few too many leaps of faiths/coincidences to be all that convincing. But perhaps that is the point. A very enjoyable read nontheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Lazar | 8/2/2013

    " Another terrific story in the Jackson Brodie series. You should go back and read them from the beginning if you haven't already, he's a wonderful character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 7/9/2013

    " Loved Case Histories. Not so this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 6/11/2013

    " Really enjoyed how the stories were woven together. Think it's probably best read after her other books about Jackson, although she does fill in a bit of back story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rholdah Cameron hayes | 5/25/2013

    " Enjoyed this book it was a good read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/18/2012

    " Great mystery with interesting, novel interwoven stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 7/19/2012

    " Another excellent mystery from Kate Atkinson. Enjoyed this new set of characters and the twists and turns of the story, all the while warmed by Atkinson's spectacular gift for description and characterization. Lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Stie | 5/20/2012

    " Excellent book. Jackson Brodie is a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Armitage | 11/6/2011

    " I just love Kate Atkinson's writing. She is so smart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Allen | 10/17/2011

    " I really like Jackson Brodie, a very flawed hero. Kate Atkinson has delivered another good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Shurden | 10/8/2011

    " Great English mystery that spans decades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 5/21/2011

    " I give Atkinson 5 stars because each of these books is riveting, intelligent, and totally unlike what went before it. Terrific reads. I raced through but now miss having one to look forward to... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 5/20/2011

    " Really enjoyed the latest Kate Atkinson. Her characters are all slightly left of center and coincidence is a driving force of the plot but somehow it all comes together for a good mystery and just an all around fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/18/2011

    " Love this writer.Literary and cultural references abound, witty, with charming eccentric characters.
    Unique plot structures with parallel story lines which intersect indirectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 5/18/2011

    " This Jackson Brodie series by Atkinson is fine reading! Nicely woven -- great sense of place in England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ms.petra | 5/18/2011

    " This was an entertaining, well written mystery. I did not realize it was part of a series because it stood alone well. I will probably go back and read the other three. 3.5 * "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 5/17/2011

    " Not as good as her other Brodie books but still an engaging page-turner with well developed characters, interlocking stories and gradual disclosures as is her norm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/12/2011

    " the book starts out somewhat confusing, but stick with it. a great read! "

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About the Author
Author Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named Whitbread Book of the Year in 1995. Several of her works are New York Times bestsellers, including Started Early, Took My Dog and When Will There Be Good News? She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, and One Good Turn. She lives in Edinburgh.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audio narrator. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.