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A is for Alibi Audiobook
A is for Alibi
Written by: 
Sue Grafton
Narrated by: 
Mary Peiffer
A is for Alibi Audiobook

A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. Plenty of people had reason to want him dead. But the police thought his wife Nikki , with motive, access and opportunity, was the #1 suspect. The jury thought so too.

Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki hires Kinsey Millhone, a gutsy P.I., to find the real killer. The trail is cold, but Kinsey finds a lead that brings her face-to-face with the murderer!

This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.

©1982 Sue Grafton; (P)1993 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Grafton has created a woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner....Smart, well-paced and very funny." (Newsweek)

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    J. Sherry Monterey, CA USA 10-28-09
    J. Sherry Monterey, CA USA 10-28-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A is for Alibi"

    This was an interesting story with a mediocre reading.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur 12-29-09
    Arthur 12-29-09
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    "Meh"

    Narrator makes me fall asleep. Boring.
    Also, what monkey chopped this audio book into chapters? Completely arbitrary breaks. I guess the logical chapter breaks is too sensible.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Keri Southfield, MI, United States 12-21-10
    Keri Southfield, MI, United States 12-21-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Booooooooooo-rrrriiiinnnnngggg"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-22-16
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-22-16 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Passable"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 03-16-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Kinsey is one tough cookie!"

    Bought on Audible

    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.

    Complaints: None

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Bossier City, LA, United States 01-23-10
    Edward Bossier City, LA, United States 01-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Took some getting used to"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Totally Awful"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle LEES SUMMIT, MO, United States 07-09-16
    Michelle LEES SUMMIT, MO, United States 07-09-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A Female Dick"

    Kinsey is female PI with who drops the Force bomb to much and is to much of a women's lib. character. Outdated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BRChristensen 07-08-16
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    "Seemedlike every other word was profanity.hated it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    the language ruined it for me..also could have passed on the details of her bedroom scenes


    What three words best describe Mary Peiffer’s voice?

    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.


    What character would you cut from A is for Alibi?

    everyone but the deaf boy; he was attractive and interesting


    Any additional comments?

    want to have this taken off my profile. kind of embarrassed to have it in my collection

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna K. 06-24-16
    Donna K. 06-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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