I think the title sums it up. Many hard boiled detective stories give the details...But the details usually help you connect to the main character, or provide you with some perspective into the case. This book gives LOTS of details that are of minimal interest to the reader.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I had never read a Grafton novel and so was keen to do so based on the excellent reports, particularly of this series. Then, there it was, in one of the Audible sales of the first in series titles. I grabbed it and then waited a month for it to get to the top of the queue. I regret to say that I feel a bit let down.
I know it is early days in this series (I understand that "U" has been released), but I'm compelled to say that there is not much depth to Kinsey (to the point that you want to call her that as if she has no surname). I though the plot a bit predictable. I'm hoping it improves with "B". You will detect from this that I'm not so deterred that I won't venture a second date. Really it was a two and an half for me, across the board.
Turning to Ms Peiffer, I reluctantly have to agree with other reviewers that her pronunciation lets her down and there are inexplicable pauses (including lack of pauses, as in the case of the end of a chapter or a change of scene). For all that, she has an engaging voice, particularly for the female characters. I see she is reading "B", so I might need to take a deep breath, but I'm hoping that she, like Kinsey, grows on me. In the meantime, I might just pick up the abridged version of this title and compare Judy Kaye.
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What I Loved: Kinsey is one tough cookie! She is very much someone I would want on my side in an investigation. I like that she is PI and not a cop that gives her a little bit more room to work things out in the Kinsey way. She is whip smart, tough, and yet flawed in the "independent, opinionated, little bit defensive" kind of way. I really liked all her personality quirks. The case itself was pretty good too. I had part of it figured out early but there were a couple of twists that I did not see coming. The pacing was perfect and worked well with the tempo of the book.
What I Liked: I really liked all the women that she met in the book. They were each multi-dimensional, savvy, not predictable, and fun to read.
Audiobook Review: Narrated by Mary Peiffer, she does a fantastic job of portraying Kinsey. I thought she did a good job on the male voices too though they were not quite as good as the females. Her reading pace was very good and she was easy to understand.
Why I gave it a 4: The story, audio, and characters were all very well done. I could see myself re-reading this story in the future.
Who I would recommend this too: Fans of Mystery/Thrillers (though I am fairly certain I am behind the curve on falling in love with this series).
This is my first Sue Grafton/alphabet novels. I had to really work to get used to her writing style. She seemed to put an emphasis on explaining details that didn't seem to pertain to the storyline. I will try another to see if it is my kind of book.
This wasn't the most stimulating thriller I have ever read, but it was entertaining. I would put it in the category of "beach fare." I will purchase others in the series and hope they get a little more stimulating. If not, then I know not to expect great literature.
Kinsey is female PI with who drops the Force bomb to much and is to much of a women's lib. character. Outdated.
to be honest; it probably just isn't my genre. Taking a story that could be condensed into a couple of chapters... adding the equivalent of several more chapters of crude language and profanity... and lengthy descriptions of food and fingernails, etc. What a waste of time. I set it on high speed to listen and see if in the end I would get some satisfaction from the story line. Regret I wasted time being with such a cast of characters, fictitious or otherwise. I will read a Jane Austen novel every year and never tire of the language or the story or the characters. This book on the other hand basically established itself at the beginning and never got better. Have nothing against the narrator. Her voice and tone was true to the harshness of the language and tone of the book so she was just doing her job.
the language ruined it for me..also could have passed on the details of her bedroom scenes
The narrator's voice fit the story line. She sounded rough and tough and unfeminine; if she had done otherwise, she would not have been true to the nature of the book.
everyone but the deaf boy; he was attractive and interesting
want to have this taken off my profile. kind of embarrassed to have it in my collection
The book was ok, but not my favorite. It could be that the narrators voice put me to sleep so often, and I had to re-listen to many sections many times. Usually, when I'm very interested in the story line and like the narrators voice, I cannot fall asleep because I can't wait to find out what happens next. This was not one of those books. I did finish it, but listened to other things that I found more interesting in between.