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Title:Transcription
Author:Kate Atkinson
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:031617663X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Transcription Reviews

  • Renata
    Dec 11, 2018
    I was immediate swept away listening to this book on audio. Kate Atkinson?s writing transports me into another world and I have the utmost respect and admiration for her as a writer. Transcription has a narrower focus than many of her novels but weaves together so many themes. It ...
  • Marialyce
    Oct 03, 2018
    2 oh my disappointing stars. I do like Atkinson's novels so when this one popped up, I was anxious to begin turning pages. Unfortunately the anticipation for this novel went south as I become bogged down in a uneven plot, and the flipping of time elements. This is a book I should ha...
  • Trish
    Jun 24, 2018
    Not all of Kate Atkinson?s novels have been what she calls historical fiction, but the last several have been. This novel may hew closest to the truth, though like she says in the Author?s Note at the end, she wrenched open history and stuffed it with imaginative reconstruction, at...
  • Peter Boyle
    Sep 23, 2018
    Oh I had high hopes for this one. A Kate Atkinson spy novel set during World War II sounded like a winning formula to me. Indeed, the reviews of Transcription have been full of praise. But I reckon it is one of her lesser works, not reaching the heights of Life After Life or the majest...
  • Canadian
    Sep 28, 2018
    Espionage would probably not make my top ten list of things to read about, or even my top 100 list for that matter, so I approached Transcription with a certain wariness. The fact that it is authored by Kate Atkinson was probably the only thing that motivated me to read it in the first...
  • Tatiana
    Oct 05, 2018
    3.5 stars A low key, at times almost boring spy novel. I seem to be incapable of not liking a Kate Atkinson book though. I love her books for their immersive historical background, humor and vividness of characters. ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Sep 25, 2018
    4.5 stars Kate Atkinson's new novel, Transcription, follows Juliet Armstrong as she works in an obscure MI-5 department during World War 2 that monitors and records the activities of a pro-German group. While the work is initially boring and monotonous, an event occurs that drastica...
  • Tami
    Sep 15, 2018
    ?Who spies on the spies...?? I love a good spy novel and this one was a good one, even if it did have a bit of a slow start. Juliet Armstrong, a young woman with no family, finds herself recruited into M15, the UK?s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency. Beginning ...
  • Dianne
    Nov 29, 2018
    I loved this World War II British espionage thriller! In 1940, Juliet Armstrong is recruited by MI5 to transcribe recorded meetings between undercover MI5 agents and traitorous British citizens who are secretly spying for Germany. England is on the brink of war as Hitler?s forces con...
  • Sue
    Sep 18, 2018
    Atkinson is one of my favorite authors and, with Transcription, she has moved her star even higher. The tale is set in England, primarily London, in 1940, 1950 and 1981. The pivotal events occur in 1940, when Juliet Armstrong at 18, is recruited for the war effort. But not for any batt...
  • Liz
    Sep 18, 2018
    It?s funny how some books can immediately grab hold of you and cast you under their spell. This is that sort of book. The book immediately transports you back to London in the 1940s and 50s. The language is just spot on perfect. The story revolves around a young woman who is dr...
  • Violet wells
    Nov 21, 2018
    Just what I needed! I've struggled with various very long and overwrought novels of late. Transcription on the other hand is breezy and wry and thoroughly entertaining. A light hearted romp through the world of espionage in London during world war two. I had a sense of dj vu throug...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Aug 02, 2018
    If you've only read a couple of Kate Atkinson novels, you may think she does just one thing. She doesn't. In fact, I tend to get a little miffed when she sticks with one thing for too long because I want to see her stretch out in every direction. When I started TRANSCRIPTION and realiz...
  • Trudie
    Sep 20, 2018
    *2.5* I am having a really bad historical fiction year (looking at you Washington Black). So I was absolutely convinced that dropping all my reading commitments to immediately pick up Kate Atkinson's new WWII spy novel would help raise my spirits. Her previous books Life after Life ...
  • Debra
    Sep 25, 2018
    Juliet Armstrong is only eighteen years old when she is recruited by the M15 in 1940. She is tasked with transcribing the conversations of British fascists sympathizers during WWII. Before long, she is given more duties such as working as a spy herself and watching a dog which is being...
  • Marianne
    Oct 25, 2018
    Transcription is the fourth stand-alone novel by award-winning British author, Kate Atkinson. In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong finds herself recruited into the Secret Service. Mostly it?s fairly boring, typing up reports and transcribing recordings of agents meeting with B...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    Sep 09, 2018
    PLease see full review on my blog. I wasn't a fan of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and was hesitant to try this, but after seeing the praises I couldn't resist the temptation of asking the publisher for a copy. This is a book that will take you to 40's and 50's, it's quintessen...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Oct 30, 2018
    Juliet is adorably clueless. The spy-guys stuffy and charadesque. All of them: So. Very. British. (Or it could be just me stereotyping the world, if so, then I'm sorry!) The humour appropriately dry. The atmosphere noirish, just a bit, to add in enough grit and some patina of time tha...
  • Jaline
    Dec 21, 2018
    As this novel opens, it is 1981, Juliet Armstrong is 60 years old, and while she was distracted by her thoughts, she was struck by a car when she attempted to cross the street. Her story comes through in a series of jumps between 1940 and 1950 before landing back in 1981 again. In 1...
  • Diane Barnes
    Sep 29, 2018
    In not a big fan of spy novels, just not my genre, so maybe that was my problem with this book. I really expected to be blown away because, after all, it IS Kate Atkinson, but I never really connected with the main character, or any other character. I truly didn't care what happened to...
  • Lisa
    Dec 09, 2018
    [2.6] Most of this novel is analogous to Juliet's transcription work for M15 - dull and monotonous with brief moments of action. Most of the action came in the last 50 pages of the novel and I was so grateful for relief of the tedium that I am rounding up to 3 stars. ...
  • Phrynne
    Sep 03, 2018
    It is always a pleasure to open a new book by Kate Atkinson. I know I am going to find something well written, totally absorbing and above all original. How she does it I do not know. In Transcription she takes us to 1940 World War 2 London, where we meet Juliet, an eighteen year ol...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Aug 25, 2018
    I am a huge fan of Kate Atkinson?s wonderful storytelling and for me Transcription was a pure joy from the moment I started it until the moment I reluctantly set it aside. The writing is genuinely superb, beautifully done and I adored Juliet, her manner, her acerbic inner dialogue a...
  • Faith
    Oct 20, 2018
    This book is a wonderful mix of spies, counterspies, life in wartime London and the inner workings of the BBC. It's written from the point of view of Juliet Armstong, an intelligent young woman who was recruited by the British Security Service when she was 18. After a while her chief t...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Dec 09, 2018
    Uugh, I haven't felt so tortured and bored by by book since I tried to read Hausfrau. 9731 ratings and 4113 are 3 stars or less. Halfway through I had to look through them for some closure and encouragement to let this one go. My day is about to get better. ...
  • Sandy
    Nov 15, 2018
    I tried....I really, really tried. I hung in there 'til the halfway mark but I'm packing it in. Such a disappointment as I've enjoyed other books by this author & heard rave reviews about this one. It's probably just a simple mismatch between reader & book. Not finishing a book...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    Dec 10, 2018
    EXCERPT: 'Are you . . . intact, Miss Armstrong?' 'Intact?' She had to think for a moment what he meant by that. (She thought of the Latin. Untouched.) 'Oh,' she said eventually. 'Yes, sir.' She blushed all over again, dreadfully hot suddenly, despite the weather. It wasn't a questio...
  • Paromjit
    Oct 20, 2018
    Great historical fiction in the world of British espionage in WW2 and the repercussions that emerge in the 1950s. Touches on issues of class in spying circles, being gay, the monitoring of fascists, a young Juliet, recruited to engage in the process of transcription that develops into ...
  • Kathleen
    Oct 26, 2018
    Who knew that spycraft could be so boring? Atkinson?s historical fiction novel is based on a composite of actual double-agents that worked for MI5 during WWII to uncover Third Reich devotees. Eighteen-year-old Juliet takes a job of transcribing conversations that are being recorded f...
  • Tammy
    Jul 31, 2018
    ?May I tempt you?? This question is the impetus which shifts a very young woman from a job merely transcribing traitorous conversations deliberately overheard during WWII in London into a bonafide spy. Working at the BBC ten years, later her misdeeds of the past come back to haunt ...