Incredibly boring, incredibly predictable. Why would Sue Grafton keep writing for the 1980's? Because she doesn't know anything newer? Every phrase was painfully outdated. Characters were cliche and annoying. Get a ghost writer to write X, Y , and Z!
No, but I will be more careful to be sure they are writing in this decade.
Voices for many characters were just plain annoying. Like fingernails on a chalkboard.
too many to count.
Seriously, unless you are 65-70+ and have never kept up with the times - i.e. still in love with the 80's, then don't read this book. you will find it as painful as i did.
Yes, because I like the way Sue Grafton writes and I may have missed something the first time.
The way Kinsey has found more family in a crude way. And the way she finds out what she is looking for in an investigation.
More like laugh and fuss.What I mean by fuss is when you knew the answer and Kinsey would leave you hanging to wait til she got around to what she wanted you to know.
I can't wait til the next books come out to finish the alphabet X, Y & Z. Then on to more of Kinsey Millhone in a different setting at least I hope she keeps going. I have all of this series so far.
This is a shadow of Grafton's previous books -- it's tedious, wordy, the mystery is not very compelling . . . the characters are flat.
Maybe. I am a long time fan. In the past, I've been quick to purchase her mysteries.
The scene where the lawyer strips in her office and then dresses in business attire. Why? If a lawyer walked into her office and took off all her clothes I'd run for the hills!
I hope Ms. Grafton wakes up and writes a better book next time!
This book has once again reminded me why I adore this series! Kinsey is someone I want to know and a friend I want to have. The details are perfection, and the narrator is perfect. Thanks you Sue Grafton for bringing Kinsey into my life once again.
I have always loved SG's book but this was painfully slow. And Kinsey's lack of a spine is annoying. Have read or listened to all the Alphabet books but this is the last I'm buying. Could listen to Judy Kaye forever, though.
Slow development. Uninteresting characters. Sue being taken advantage of w/o question.
Can't think of any. Difficult to finish.
Sorry, really looked forward to this but disappointed.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Grafton rejuvenated her Kinsey Millhone series during the past few entries. That momentum kind of gets lost in "W".
Although the story lines are cleverly brought together, there's a sluggishness to this one. Kinsey puts up with a lot of stuff that Kinsey just wouldn't put up with - and that results in some frustration for the reader. I kept wanting to just "smack her upside the head"! There is one particularly obvious (and pointless) red herring. And, although Grafton presents a realistic and nonjudgmental view of the homeless, other seemingly-important characters and topics just sort of disappear along the way.
Hopefully, we'll see Kinsey rebound again at the very last of the alphabet.
I went back read some of Grafton's earlier work. The stories were nicely plotted, pleasingly intricate and punchy. Those "Kinsey moments" we all love were pithy and somewhat surprising.
However, W and, frankly, maybe the last 10 or so mysteries are just bloated with more "Kinsey moments" than I ever needed or cared about.
The stories are about the same in terms of plot and intricacy, so what fills up the extra 100 pages? Instead of a hard bitten, hard nosed Kinsey, we get an introverted, self absorbed, self doubting detective who lets events control her instead of the other way around. We get long, completely unrealistic sequences of conversation and events.
It's been pretty obvious, ever since the Millhone series started to break the 200 page limit, that Sue is tired of Kinsey. It's time for Grafton to re-hire her editors so that they can re-invigorate and harden up the series for the final episodes.
Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.
Just finished today and it was very enjoyable. Intersecting plot lines that stretched belief, but nonetheless enjoyable. I also felt that once-in-a-while the story was a little draggy (just incidental stuff I don't care too much about that authors sometimes include - let's call it a Stephen Kingism) - well maybe not the story being draggy, just certain, small sections that I wondered why they were included. I know it has to do with keeping the reader up-to-date on Kinsey and her life, so maybe I'm a little harsh. Really good story and Sue Grafton has a wonderful style that allows the reader to envision the story as though watching a movie rather than listening to a book. Judy Kaye as narrator does an excellent job with all characters and does a fine job portraying Kinsey's crankiness. If you enjoy any/all of the Kinsey books you will enjoy this one as well.
I love Judy Kaye! I could listen to her all day long, oh, I HAVE listened to her all day long!!!
Most definitely. If she quits writing after "Z", I would hate to think I listen to or read the other 23. She just kind of droned on too much on this book and skipped around a bit much.
The scene at the end. I won't give anything away, like some people do in these reviews. They have ruined more books for me!!
I laughed...Judy Kaye's sarcasm is the best there is!!
She just kind of droned on too much on this book and skipped around a bit much and she didn't tie up all the loose ends. And, it skipped around too much....she would be on one subject and then, she'd start on another character out of the blue. I guess what I'm trying to say is, her Segway from one subject or group of character to another was a bit erratic. I kept thinking, "Did anyone proof read this book before they published it?"
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
Before I say what I would change, I have to say, I have read all of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone books. I loved them all and if she writes more, I will read those too.
Modernize it! I was always under the impression the Kinsey Millhone novels were written in present time. However, Kinsey was using phone booths, tape recorders, and typewriters. Research was done at the library during the days of card catalogs. If Kinsey needed to make a phone call while on the road, she pulled over and used a pay phone! It was strange that computers, cell phones and modern technology were never mentioned. I felt like I was reading a novel from the seventies rather than a just published novel.
If my friends were fans of Sue Grafton and her Kinsey Millhone novels, yes. I have read them all, and will continue to read them if she writes more. But, with that being said, I truly hope Kinsey learns some new things. All I could think when Kinsey was going to the library or the county clerks office, was wow, the internet would have been so much easier and faster!
Judy Kaye's voice sounded too old.
Absolutely. I can see Claire Danes as Kinsey.
Even though W is for Wasted was rather dated, I enjoyed it. Sue Grafted writes great mysteries. I love hearing about Henry's yard and Kinsey's weakness for his baking.