I usually like Grafton's books. I've read most of them, listened to one or two. I did not expect this one to be so boring, so slow, so ugh. I think it was both the reader and the story. It reminded me, though, that I never finished T for Trespass because I really disliked the story. Maybe I've outgrown her novels. Too bad, I had hoped to stick with them until Z.
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I like the innovative plot lines and Kinsey Milhone's no non sense ways. It is refreshing and makes for a quickly paced and interesting read.
About mid way through I had to keep on listening, marathon style.
The narrator is great! Judy Kaye is very versatile in her range of characters.
I have read all of Sue Grafton's books, and I will agree some are better than others. But this book is right up there with my favorite... G is for Gumshoe. I don't understand the negative reviews. I think it is great that we are finally learning more about Kinsey.
Audio book downloaded from audible.com. Narrated by Judy Kay. This is a series that never seems to lose its edge. Can't wait for the next one.
The narrator for this book was so difficult to listen to for my husband and I. I can't help but conjure an image of a chain smoking Angela Lansbury. Not the image I had in my head for Kinsey Malone and her attempts at male voices made the men in the book sound pretty effeminate. Especially distracting when the men are supposed to be hardened types. So..disregard the overall and story ratings (couldn't write a review without them), the narrator just didn't seem right for the part.
Typical of Sue Grafton just a fun listen.
One of Sue Grafton's best
She's awesome. I like having the same narrator for each book.
Loved the end was even a bit romantic.
Fun book to listen to, entertaining.
Yes! Ms. Kaye has Kinsey down to a science. As always, the story is funny and suspenseful.
Yes.. you find yourself hoping, early on, that the "bad guy" has a happy ending!
She knows this series well. It's almost as if she is not 'reading'... just telling a good story!
The end... just the way I wanted it!
I have listened to most of the Kinsey Millhone series in the audible form. Judy Kaye remains the definitive choice for the main character, as she gets the sardonic character of Millhone and delivers it with wry style. Even better here, though, Grafton and Kaye are back up to form after a couple less stellar efforts, and have even brought something new.
I've enjoyed much in the series, but a few more recent entries seemed to miss the mark in full balance in the delivery, cutting the story short too quickly after a larger build up or not working to a satisfying balance. Here, the introduction of a changing point of view with a couple other main characters was nicely woven in with Kinsey's main narrative. All of them nicely maneuvered to a nicely blended end, and Kinsey's story, and the wrap up and epilogue, which have seemed rushed chopped in other recent efforts, here played out very nicely.
I listened to the 15 hours of the book over a week of traveling back and forth, and many of the segments were interesting on their own, while whetting our appetite for the ongoing story. The enjoyment of the story wasn't fully in the concluding moments, but was interesting listening throughout each of the individual episodes leading up to the climax.
Very deftly written and delivered.
The Millhone character remains the reason to read the series, but the Nora and Dante characters were interesting fresh perspectives that added a new seasoning to the story's delivery. Grafton has tried the multiple perspective a few times recently, but these two new extensions used for this story were both very compelling reads of their own. Using the point of view of two other characters offered up three richly detailed stories in one.
Judy Kaye remains the consummate Kinsey Millhone. I even "hear" her voice when I actually read the printed books. Her nuances for the main character are dead on. Her extent for the other characters is then an added bonus. She just as deftly delivers something unique for the other two characters whose story is told here in first person point-of-view. In mixed dialogue scenes she usually does nicely between characters, but with full chapters here, it allows us to hear it to greater extent. Nice little touches distinguish each of the characters, while her delivery is consistent and vibrant throughout.
In the unabridged form to which I listened the book goes on for 15-plus hours. It worked very nicely as an accompaniment to an hour-long commute and a couple other trips over about a weeks time. The story line covers about that same amount of time, and several of the chapters offer little mini-stories self-contained in their own chapters while added bits and pieces to the flow of the overall plot line. As such, it worked really well in segments, though I admit I may have then lingered a bit more in the final setting as it became apparent it was wrapping up its story threads.
I think all is said above. This is instantly a solid recommendation as one of the best of late in this enjoyable series.
I probably would, although I usually listen so intently on the first time around I usually don't listen again to the same story for awhile, but this was good enough to keep on hand.
the plot seemed to keep growing and going in a different direction every time I thought I had it figured out.
I always enjoy how Kinsey is performed.
Another home run hit suspense, with our favorite private eye by Sue Grafton
I enjoyed this book and waiting for W is for ........?
I love anything Sue Grafton has written, she is smart and witty and her dialogue makes me laugh out loud. She is my favorite author.
Kinsey Millhone. She is smart and fiercely independent - I admire both.
When she does the voice of the Hungarian bar owner, she is right on with her accent - very, very funny.
Well, I know that won't happen because Sue Grafton is dead set against her books being made into movies - another fact that I admire greatly.
The book is great, but using audible and the Sansa fuze is like living in a nightmare - I find it all very difficult to figure out, both downloading the books to the device and the finding the book once it's on the device - I may return it for an iPod, despite the high price tag, I'm assuming it's a lot more user friendly.