I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
I always look forward to my visits with Kinsey. So I was saving "V" for a long road trip. I thought I'd need something to keep me awake.
This is easily the worst Kinsey mystery to date. It's a messy pile of unrelated stories and hackneyed characters -- and doesn't get down to the actual mystery investigation we all expect until well into the first half. Once it does, the story is listenable if not inspired.
I think Grafton is getting stale and the book shows a certain lack of freshness...and a significant reduction in storytelling.
I never thought I'd use the term "flat an uninteresting" in relation to anything Grafton's written. But it applies here.
I am only about one-third into this book and I can already tell it's the best of the best of the Kinsey Millhone thrillers. Characters are more fleshed out than in the previous, "alphabet" series, and the longer length makes that possible, as well as providing the time and space to create more developed story arcs. Truth be told, I was starting to get a bit tired of the usual Grafton fare, because of the fast pacing and the plethora of sidebars, incidental characters, and backstories. This book has none of that and all elements are fully conceived and articulated.
Love Judy Kaye - her delivery of the Kinsey Millhone persona has me laughing out loud.
I won't know where to turn for this kind of entertainment when this series comes to its alphabetical end. Perhaps Grafton could start a "numbers" series, featuring an older Kinsey, with modern technology available at her fingertips.
I LOVE SUE GRAFTON'S STYLE OF WRITING AND I LOVE HER MAIN CHARACTER, KINSEY, THE P.I. I WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED WHEN THE ALPHABET SERIES ENDS. JUDY KAYE IS THE PERFECT NARRATOR FOR THESE AUDIOBOOKS.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Judy Kaye did an excellent job narrating this story. Sue Grafton has done an excellent job in keeping the story in the 1980's. No cell phone has creeped into the story. There was multiple sub plots to keep one on their toes. The ending was a bit different than I had figured it would be, Grafton caught me off guard! Overall a good story.
Normally it I very rarely rate a five star but for this book I had to because it is the best Milhone mystery to date. I have enjoyed them all but this one has so many tangents and they all intermingle. It's cleaver and keeps you wondering what the other set of characters are up to while you are hearing about the current set of characters and Judy Kaye has the perfect Kinsey voice. The narration was fantastic. I was sad when it ended. Sue Grafton is running out letters in the Alphabet what will she do next? Good Job Grafton keep them coming.
Years ago I read the first seven novels of the Kinsey Millhone series. Each of those were in my own personal "classics" hall of fame. There were always page turners. When the audio version was released for V is for Vengeance, I was wondering if newest release would be on par with the earlier ones, as several of my recent reads proved to not be quite as good as some of those same author's earlier works.
V is not as exciting as some of Grafton's other alphabet series novels, but it is a good read and I'd say worth the price. Better at half price, but if you've followed the series faithfully then, of course, you have to ready V. Story starts off pretty slow and seems as though it is going to be a big disappointment, but turns out pretty good. I did expect it to be better than it was, but it was what I expected from Grafton...if that makes sense. Kinsey is a great character, but I was just a little disappointed in the story/plot. I gave it a good overall rating because Grafton does not stray from her style of "Kinsey" writing and it had the same reader reading as Kinsey, which is always great. So, buy it, but don't expect to be WOW-ed.
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Love this series. Sue Grafton has continued from A to V with the ability to retain good writing quality for every single book in the series. I look forward to the next episode.
I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!
Consistently good! My absolute favorite series! Can't wait for X but never want the adventures of Kinsey to end!