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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
Transcription is a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance. Juliet Armstrong is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the Secret Service. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC , where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences.
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GatheringBooks
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#AyUpAugust Day 18: The ending of this novel is refreshingly unexpected – and makes one applaud and question the entire concept of the unreliable narrator. While a niggling part of me wants to re-read it immediately, the length and the pace are quite discouraging. Regardless, I enjoyed reading this British novel of female spies, double agents, #pillowtalk and reinventing one‘s self during times of war. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-ktZ

CarolynM I loved it🙂 1d
squirrelbrain Clever pick! ❤️ 1d
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booksaremyfavorite
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This was a well written book but it definitely wasn‘t a favorite for me. I‘ll have to check out her other books.

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ReadingMeagan
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I know that some people did not care for this book. But I liked it. It ties in well with the other female WWII spy books that I‘ve read this year. I read it in a day. I needed to find out what happened next. I can see how some people would be frustrated with it. I thought the end was rushed and could have been fleshed out more. But over all I liked it. Very atmospheric.

TrishB I enjoyed it 👍🏻 2w
ReadingMeagan @TrishB 😀👍 it was different from her other books! 2w
TrishB It was - but I‘ve loved most of them. ❤️ 2w
ReadingMeagan @TrishB me too! I‘m waiting for Big Sky to become available from the library 😊 2w
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booksaremyfavorite
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Now on to this one.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Mehso-so

This was hard going. It‘s very well written and some of the turns of phrase and period details are great. However the positives stop there I found the protagonist difficult to engage with and the plotting gappy. Not for me really

Hooked_on_books So many people love this book and I hated it. I was much harder on it than you. 😂 3w
Itchyfeetreader @Hooked_on_books I appreciated the quality of the words and writing itself even whilst disclaiming almost everything about the actual story! That said I must have picked it up and put it down SO many times it just didn‘t captivate me like it seems to have done for some people 3w
rretzler It was just so-so for me as well. I found the writing a little simplistic and I really couldn‘t fathom Julia‘s motivation for anything. I did like the WWII aspect. If I had paid more attention to the Amazon reviews, I probably would not have read it! 3w
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Mehso-so

3/4⭐ Not sure what I just read other than someone was murdered and it was after World War II. I didn't want to DNF since I was intrigued by the story and wanted to find out what was going on but never happened. I'm quite disappointed. (Listened via Overdrive/Libby)

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Itchyfeetreader
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@Mitch @ErinSueGreads @MicrobeMom @phatsallylee @blair @Blaire @wanderinglynn it‘s been an odd couple of weeks. Thanks for bearing with me and keeping me sane! This week I have done a great job with my food and reading goals but not nearly as active as I would like #bfc

MicrobeMom You have done great with all your work commitments! Great job! 1mo
Mitch Well done honey. You‘ve been sensible, mindful and have had some fabulous packed lunches - so that sounds like success to me. Enjoy some well deserved r&r 😘 1mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 Some week‘s are tougher than others. Hang in there. And we‘re here for you. ❤️ 1mo
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sudi Great job 👏👏👏 1mo
Blaire Great job!! 1mo
phatsallylee Great job! 4w
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

All done! Overall I enjoyed this one, but there were a few things that made it less-than-optimal. The reveal was a little slower than was comfortable and there were a couple of red herrings that irritated me. Or maybe I just didn't read closely enough. I do like the way Atkinson plays with identity and how we decide whom to trust and what to believe in. Is the meaninglessness of life depressing or freeing? (Rhetorical, but feel free to answer.)

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ImperfectCJ
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"Final refuge of the uncommitted"? Ouch.

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rretzler
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Mehso-so

If I had read the Amazon ratings before I picked up this book, I wouldn‘t have read it. I did like the WWII aspect, but wasn‘t crazy about Juliet, the protagonist. She was definitely an unreliable narrator and I couldn‘t figure out her motivation for many of the things she did. The story flipped back and forth in time and not necessarily in ways that always made sense. There were several plot points that weren‘t wrapped up at the end. 3.0⭐️ #2109

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Sharpeipup
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Sorry but I just can‘t go on with this book.
#audiobook #dnf

SamAnne Can I ask why? It‘s on my “read this year” list. I loved Life After Life. But haven‘t ready anything else by her. What did you not like? 2mo
CarolynM I'm also interested to know why. I liked it a lot. 2mo
Sharpeipup @SamAnne Of course! I found the initial conversations among the informants to be tedious and boring. Without those, I think the pacing would be better suited to holding my interest. 2mo
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BookaholicNatty
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Book #5 in Modern Mrs Darcy‘s Must Read mystery list! Another Kate Atkinson story that is set during WWII. An 18 year old girl name Juliet is searching for a job and is surprised to find herself plunged into a world of espionage. Her past seems to chase her and threaten the life she tries to make years after the war. It takes a few chapters to get oriented but after that you won‘t want to put it down! Atkinson is a fantastic writer!

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BekaReid
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I enjoyed this traditional spy story with humor and witticisms deftly woven throughout as Atkinson uses the story to explore what constitutes “real“ and the idea that our choices and our actions all have a price that must be paid through the eyes of Juliet Armstrong. This was my first novel by Kate Atkinson, and it won't be my last.

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hannahx
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Beautiful Missouri night for some deck reading

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kspenmoll
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#bookfitnesschallenge
Slow week; too much rain. Sun came out today but worked until 6:30 so under a mile today. Not my usual 2 mile walk. Loved the carved wooden bear.

Weekly summary:Did not meet my goals this week for exercise. Goal was 6 miles. I only walked appx 2.9, way off. Met book goal: read one book.

guinsgirlreads Still good!! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft It‘s tough when the weather doesn‘t cooperate! 3mo
wanderinglynn Life & weather happens. I didn‘t meet all my goals either. The important thing is you accepted the challenge and started. We‘ll do better next week! 🙌🏻 3mo
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BookwormAHN Good job 👏🏻 3mo
catebutler Next week is a new week! And I think you did great this week, especially with temperamental weather. 👏🏼 3mo
BarbaraJean Weather can make it so difficult! Great job with what you accomplished—and next week starts fresh! 3mo
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kspenmoll
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#BookFitnessChallenge #LitsyWalkers
Today‘s stats. Goal: 6 books, 6 miles, 6 weeks.
Beautiful day- sunny, breezy.

TheSpineView Good job! 3mo
Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
jillannjohn Nice! 👏 3mo
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BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 3mo
Cinfhen Great!!!! 3mo
Caterina Great job! That's a fast walk! 👏 3mo
guinsgirlreads Wow! 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
dariazeoli Amazing 💪❤️ 3mo
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Hoppy Friday! We've got the transcript of our latest episode "Episode 17: Minorities in Publishing" featuring Jennifer Baker available for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing community! Read the full transcript here: https://www.deadrabbitsbooks.com/podcast

#podcast #podcasts #Deaf #DeafCulture #DeafRights #podernfamily #podcastlove

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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks
Treating myself to cinnamon muffin & coffee after hearing that my “nerve bruise” (for lack of a better word) that has my whole right arm burning may last a few more months. When I gave blood last February,Red Cross stuck a nerve. would be more tolerable but it‘s my right arm & I am righ handed- it‘s amazing what we do with our arms that either I cannot do or increases pain. Like texting. Thanks for listening my Litsy friends!

Clwojick 😬😬😬😬I feel your pain! I had one on the top half of my left arm, and it was like that from September until April. 😑 It slowly fades. At first it was so bad that my sweater rubbing on my skin felt like fire, but after a few weeks it just feels numb and tingly when you rub it. I honestly thought it was never going to feel normal again, but it finally does! 3mo
julesG I can't believe this happened while donating blood. ??? Hope it gets better rather sooner than later. As a person with MS I can say, sensibility issues are something I hate, but have become a "normal" thing for me. Still, sweaters, trousers, underwear feeling like they are chafing on a sunburn are driving me nuts. @Clwojick 3mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m so sorry! And for that to happen when you are doing a good deed by donating blood! 😔 3mo
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cherinium This happened to my best friend a few months ago while having blood drawn for routine screening. I feel for you! 3mo
kspenmoll @Clwojick @cherinium Thank you for sharing your stories. It is encouraging to me. At least now after seeing this MD I know what to expect. Continuing with PT. 3mo
kspenmoll @4thhouseontheleft Thanks for your kindness. It was my first time donating too. Go figure! 3mo
kspenmoll @julesG I know you struggle with this & a friend of mine with MS does it. I hope today is a good one for you! 😘 3mo
julesG Yep, today is rather good. The plus side of hay-fever. ? My PT uses something called "intra sonic massage" when I have issues with my hands and fingers. It's like a deep tissue massage without being a massage. Maybe your PT has one of these massage wands and can try it with you. https://novafon.com/us/therapy. 3mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! Hope you feel better quickly! 🙏🏻❤️❤️ 3mo
Scochrane26 Did they recommend PT? That would prob help. I‘ve had slight ulnar nerve issues after surgeries on my elbow, & PT was good. 3mo
readordierachel Oh no! I'm so sorry. I'd say that muffin is well deserved ❤ 3mo
kspenmoll @Scochrane26 I have been going to PT since it happened and it does make a huge difference in my mobility! 3mo
kspenmoll @readordierachel Thank you for your kind words. Irt was a delicious cinnamon muffin. Hit the spot. 3mo
kspenmoll @UwannaPublishme I so appreciate your comforting words! 3mo
Crazeedi I missed this post, so sorry to hear, I hope you are healing!! 3mo
Suet624 It must be so discouraging for this to still be going on. I'm so sorry. I hope you feel better soon. 3mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 Seeing MD tomorrow. At least it is not permanent just may last months🥴. PT helping. 3mo
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whatrebeccasread
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Panpan

A story of espionage during WW2 sounds like it's going to be a winner, but in reality I found that "Transcription" was a little boring and slow-paced for my liking. I liked the premise, but the story didn't impress - 2 stars.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

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JillR
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I enjoy Kate Atkinson‘s writing and this was no exception. The story follows Juliet, a transcriptionist recruited as a spy in WWII. The cast of characters is great and albeit after a slow start, it nearly reached “unputdownable.” I love Kate Atkinson‘s very British drollness and witticism. It‘s deceptively lighthearted - getting to the end and reading the author‘s note made me want to reread it as I suspect there was a lot I missed entirely!

rretzler I‘m glad it was good - I plan to read it sometime soon. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review! The second good review in a couple of days !! I have it , must pick it up soon. I love the “unputdownable “ word ♥️👍🏻 4mo
readordierachel I loved Life After Life. Really looking forward to this one! 4mo
JillR Hope you enjoy it @readordierachel @cathythoughts @rretzler! I think I enjoyed it more than Life After Life... 4mo
JillR @cathythoughts “unputdownable” - it‘s the scientific process I apply to decide whether a book deserves 5 ⭐️ 😆 4mo
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andrew61
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A really well told story about a young woman recruited into mi5 during the early years of the war to spy upon 5th columnists in London. I was absorbed in the story and characters who were drawn with skill as we flit between 1940 and 1950 as she is drawn back into conspiracies going back to the war. Very enjoyable.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I received this for my birthday... excited to read it 👍🏻 4mo
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Birdsong28
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I am using this book for April's prompt for this challenge.

@SitsWithaBook

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Birdsong28
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Good. Enjoyed the fast pace of this book, kept me guessing right to the end. Characters felt real and interesting. Sometimes though the writing felt a bit disjointed and I had to go back a few times to reread sentences to grasp some scenes.

#PenguinRandomHouseUK

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JillR
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We‘re only on holiday for three days yet I brought about six books #wishfulthinking. I love Kate Atkinson so I‘m starting with this...

Cathythoughts I have this ... look forward to your thoughts 4mo
Birdsong28 I'm halfway through and loving it. 4mo
BarbaraBB Me too, three days from home, six books 😂 4mo
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JillR @barbarabb I‘ll be lucky if I read one 👫! 4mo
JillR @birdsong28 good to hear 😊. I‘ve not read a Kate Atkinson I‘ve not enjoyed yet... 4mo
BarbaraBB Yes but what if you don‘t like it or you have a sleepless night. You NEED a back-up 😉 4mo
JillR Exactly @BarbaraBB! 4mo
xxjenadanxx I keep meaning to read this one and then I start something else lol 4mo
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whatrebeccasread
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April's Rare Birds Book Club brought a Kate Atkinson book! Transcript looks good, have any of you read it? 📚

Laura317 No, but I have it on my tbr shelf. I hope to get your very soon. 4mo
TrishB I have - enjoyed it 👍🏻 4mo
thea-block I just finished this one! Didn‘t live up to the hype for me, but I still enjoyed it. Hope you do, too! 4mo
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LiterRohde
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This was not the book I was expecting when I picked up a WWII spy novel. It took me some time to reframe my expectations and begin to like the book for what it was, not for what I thought it was supposed to be. It was very slow and introspective and even mundane for a spy novel. But I think that was the point. It was more a reflection on identity than anything else.

#Booked2019 | #FemaleDetective

📷: Libby

Cinfhen I‘m really not a fan of Kate Atkinson but I feel like I should be. 4mo
LiterRohde @Cinfhen This was my first by her. Not sure I will read more, even though I gave this a pick. I really try to review a book for what it was - what it had going and not going for it, and not for what I thought it should be. And for what it was, it was a good book that was well written. It not being my favorite does not change that. (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Sometimes I feel like a writer is trying “too hard” and that‘s the sense I get from Kate Atkinson. Something in her tone feels “smug” ( I can‘t explain why I get those vibes reading her) 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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Didn‘t know what to expect with this one... I would say it‘s a combo of a typical wartime novel about a woman‘s experience, a popular spy thriller, and an interesting twist. The main character got on my nerves for much of the novel because she seemed so content to let life happen to her. The end seems to buck that characterization, but it didn‘t necessarily carry throughout the book.

Worth the read, through not my favorite.
⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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BarbaraJean
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This is gorgeously written. The main character both intrigued and frustrated me, seeming a bit too naive at times, but I did like her and the story kept me engaged throughout. My main criticism is with the twists/revelations toward the end—one felt too predictable and another felt too underdeveloped. I wanted things to hang together a bit more neatly in the end. But Atkinson has me hooked, and I‘m looking forward to picking up more from her.

AWildMandaPanda I am glad you enjoyed this! I want to read it and I think I definitely will :) 4mo
BarbaraJean @AWildMandaPanda It‘s worth a read! My favorite of hers so far, though, is this one: 4mo
AWildMandaPanda @BarbaraJean that one sounds interesting too! Really intriguing and unique idea! I am almost done my school year so I think this summer I am definitely going to read those two! Thank you! 4mo
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BarbaraJean @AWildMandaPanda You‘re welcome—I hope you enjoy! (edited) 4mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook You beat me to this one - so badly want to read it! 4mo
BarbaraJean @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘m interested to hear what you think when you get to it! I loved Life After Life so much that this one of course had a hard time measuring up... but I did enjoy it all the same. 4mo
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KimM
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I don‘t see why this book‘s ratings are not higher. This was a brilliant novel. Atkinson‘s writing shines as usual. She writes women so well. I found Juliet infinitely Interesting, curiously flawed and strong in that ballsy WWII era women way. Yes, it‘s another British WWII novel. But it‘s a fresh take and has a twist that will blindside you. Read it. 5 ⭐️s

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Currey
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I love Kate Atkinson‘s writing and even though this is not my favorite book of hers it still held my attention. A spy novel in the multi-layered le Carré mode, with Juliet our naive MC learning how when history shifts sides one‘s past can never completely be buried.

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Insightsintobooks
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I want this, I heard it was good.

#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale

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HardcoverHearts
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If you want a book that subverts the traditional spy novel, here you go! I read this and immediately wanted to revisit. (But be aware that it‘s a polarizing read due to the pace and style. ) Kate Atkinson is just a great writer. On sale on Apple Books and for Kindle today!

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I love Kate Atkinson's writing and she really can weave a terrific story. My only trouble here is the end twist; Juliet‘s final conviction comes out of the blue. Her being a communist makes sense, but little points to that fact before the reveal. I guess that was the point; blurred lines of loyalties and the seemingness of things verses reality- all equally mundane but also fascinating. Juliet certainly felt more capable than steno pool fodder.

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MallenNC
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I returned two library books and came back with three more. This is why my #MountTBR never decreases. #libraryhaul #bookhaul #tbr

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sprainedbrain
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I wasn‘t sure about this, because I don‘t consider myself a spy novel sort of reader... but it‘s Kate Atkinson, and the two books I‘ve read by her before were brilliant, so I patiently waited on hold for around 12848 weeks (give or take).

This audiobook is great! I loved the main character, the twisty story, and the excellent writing. Really good narration, too.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was my historical fiction book for #readingwomenchallenge 😃

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Mehso-so

I ran through a thick rainstorm for this book, and I'm not sure it was worth it. Could be I'm just not in the mood for a slow-paced spy novel. Maybe I've read too many in a row. I'm glad I finished it. The prose was poetic and alluring but the plot just didn't move well. Plus, a touch of the unreliable narrator and that device is a pet peeve of mine.

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Creadnorthey
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Love this little dusting of meta.

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Phoebusito
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Hiding from the children and husband in the kitchen with a cuppa and a book I know I‘m going to enjoy!

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Elma
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Mehso-so

While I devoured the first 200+ pages of this book, it took me several days to pick it up and finish the last 100+ pages because I just didn't care about the story enough. I'm reading another of Atkinson's books, and I think I've decided that her writing style just isn't for me. All the starts and stops and jumps in timeline, I find very annoying and often times confusing. I think after I finish her other book, I won't pick up another.

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Andrew65
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I usually really enjoy Kate Atkinson books but this one left me feeling rather underwhelmed. The book had a nice feel and structure to it but don‘t feel as if it fully engaged me and made me want to read on. It is okay but certainly not as good as her other books, despite being well written. I can see by some reviews that I am not alone in this, but also that others loved i.

Traci1 Hmm that's disappointing. I just picked this one up. 6mo
mcctrish I LOVE Kate Atkinson, seriously LOVE her but her last one left me a bit meh too 6mo
Andrew65 @Traci1 You may enjoy it more than I did, some to have. 6mo
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LeeRHarry With you on this one. 6mo
EadieB Tried to read this twice but could not get into it! @Andrew65 6mo
Andrew65 @LeeRHarry 😊👍 6mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I can definitely see why. 6mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Aren‘t you working today? 6mo
Andrew65 @EadieB No half-term week, thankfully! 😊 6mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Nice! 6mo
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Redwritinghood
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Although I was a little disappointed in the ending, this is still a pick based on the strength of Atkinson‘s writing, which I love. The story relates to a young woman‘s time working with MI5 during WWII. A few years after the war, she gets a threatening, anonymous note and visits those she used to spy on to determine who may have sent it. There are interesting characters and situations that are based on historical figures and events throughout.

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Andrew65
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Started listening to Transcription on my commute today. Seen mixed reviews for this one so not sure what to expect!

AntoinetteBuchanan I really enjoyed it. Probably not her best work and certainly not my favourite but still very good IMO 6mo
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alisahar
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This is a wonderfully twisty spy novel with a heroine I would love to have drinks with. Juliet Armstrong, 18, is pressed into service with MI5 during WWII, transcribing the recordings of an undercover agent‘s meeting with Britain‘s fascists. Then she goes undercover with the fascists herself, armed with a small gun in her hand bag and her own indomitable resourcefulness. And of course, no one & nothing is as it seems— least of all Juliet herself.

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ReadingRuby
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I‘ve had a very successful lunchtime! I went to the local supermarket to buy a sandwich and as I was walking out I spotted this on the charity bookshelf where you can take a book for a small donation. It‘s usually filled with very old tattered books, so I did a double take when I spotted this brand new copy of Transcription and I had to take it home. Now to add it to the pile of books I‘m desperate to read!

RadicalReader Best time spent finding a book you didn‘t know you needed but can‘t live without 4mo
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cariashley
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I didn‘t participate in #24in48 this weekend because my husband was recovering from knee surgery (plus I came down with a cold myself 🤧), but I did finish this wonderful book. Atkinson is one of my very favorite writers and I especially love how she writes about WWII, so chances were good I‘d love this one, and it delivered. It was wholly different from her other historical fiction; definitely lighter and funnier, but just as enjoyable.

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scowler1
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Well written and good fun to read but didn't impress me like some of her other work. The story was very interesting and I can see it would make a great TV show or movie, Bill Nighy would have to be in it of course, and there were some pretty dangerous situations and violence but it didn't seem real or tense enough.