The stock of family memories is filled with nothing but bitterness, and the prodigal son will find no comfort at the Malek table. If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with bad blood, it's murder; and that's just around the corner.
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really didn't notice the difference between the narrators, both Kay and Peiffer catch the essense of Graftons writing and bring it to life.
made a long trip shorter.
I don't want to sound malicious about this Millhone edition, but part one of M is for Malice is abundant with inane details so bland that I felt as if were peering through a window of a slow moving train into a lifeless and unchanging landscape, destination: Land of Nowhere. I seriously debated throwing myself from the train in a frantic escape, but, gritting my teeth, I continued the journey. Upon entering part two, I was richly rewarded. With relief, I saw that the sun had come out and that the landscape had brightened. In part two, I felt as if I were an inconspicuous shadow within the story, completely enthralled in all that Millhone saw, heard, said, thought and felt. It was well worth the wait.
It is another good read in St Theresa.
A nice pace, good character development and the reader is perfect for the book
This is my favorite book in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton. There were some real life issues touched on this and, of course, lots of giggles and smiles interwoven. This installment showed to me that Kinsey Millhone does have a heart.
Meet Kinsey Millhone at her most depressed, bitchy, neurotic, and joyless.
If Kinsey were a real person, she would need some heavy duty counseling and probably medication. Her life as an island unto herself is definitely starting to fray her at the edges. Her usual oustider-looking-in observations of "normal" people and relationships--usually fertile ground for her wry humor and a source of joy for her and us (she revels in being different)--seem increasingly desperate. I don't know how anyone puts up with her. At least she had a moment of catharsis in the epilogue, so hopefully she'll be back to herself in the next installment.
The actual story was interesting enough, and Mary Pfeiffer's performance was excellent as usual. As a bonus, this one did not feature the all-too-common scenario where Kinsey gets herself into a totally avoidable scrape because she refuses to carry her gun. As practical and pragmatic as she is supposed to be, and with all the crap she has been through, she should be married to that pistol. The fact that she often doesn't carry it anymore seems contrived to generate artificial drama and suspense.
Thought the story was good over all but I really wish Judy Kaye would be the only reader for this series. She's just great as Kinsey and all of the characters, whoever they may be in any given story in this series.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
NOPE BUT I MAY TRY IT LATER. I HAD BOUGHT TWO OTHERS BY THIS AUTHOR. I HOPE I DIDN'T WASTE MY CREDITS.
I DID NOT GET THAT FAR
DID NOT ENJOY.
I DID NOT LIKE THE ROMANCE ANGLE HERE. JUST TELL THE STORY. IF I WANT ROMANCE, I WILL BUY A ROMANCE. IT WAS BORING AND BANAL.
I don't think that the audio is better or worse than the print version. For me, the difference is that sometimes I'm in the mood to read a print version, and sometimes I have work to do.
The most memorable scenes for me are the ones where Kinsey, the main character, interacts with the subject of her investigation. I think their relationship reveals a new side of her personality, especially in light of her new, uncomfortable identity as a member of a family.
Ms. Peiffer did a good job reading this book, but there is something about her voice that rubs me the wrong way in spots.
I did laugh out loud at different times.
I have listened to this one 3 or 4 times. There are also passages that I like to repeat more than once. Also, I liked that this is a particularly long, engaging work. It helps me to pass the time when I have a monstrous load of work to do around my house, but it is not too complex to follow along with and to enjoy while doing something else.
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
Yes, as other reviewers have noted, the plot in this novel is a bit drawn out. But this is not a failing. Here, we see one of the first times that Grafton explores more subtle character development, and that process requires a few more pages (or minutes) than a straight-out plot driven tale. And for me, the extra time is worth it, both to listen to the author exercise this skill, and to enjoy the story that develops along the way.
Both Kinsey and her sometime paramour Dietz are rounded out a bit as characters, and Kinsey confronts some of her more notable biases and makes peace with a little personal growth.
The plot itself is nuanced, so if, as one reviewer criticizes, you are troubled that the murder takes place well into the tale, this may not be the book for you. But that speaks more about you than it does about the writer. Don't be so impatient. This is not a race. Recognize the early investment necessary to make you care about later developments. And enjoy the ride ~ Grafton rewards patience with characters you will love and hate, and a plot that twists a bit more than usual.
Admittedly, we are not dealing with great literature here, or in the rest of the Kinsey Millhone series. But this is a diverting escape ~ high praise, I would think, for a novel of this type.
Sit back, take a breath and enjoy the escape.
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