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O is for Outlaw Audiobook

O is for Outlaw: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

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The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. The weekend before, he'd bought a stack of cardboard boxes. In one, there was a collection of childhood memorabilia with Kinsey's name all over it.

Though she's never been one for personal possessions, curiosity is a powerful force. What she finds among the items is an old undelivered letter to her that will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of her first marriage...about the honor of her first husband...and about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril.

Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. You know about the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one has remained a blip on the screen. Until now. "O" Is for Outlaw is a revealing excursion into Kinsey's past.

©1999; by Sue Grafton; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best PI Novel, 1999

"Grafton works with a cinematic eye, possessing a keen visual sense of detail, color, and style. The pace is fast, the crime difficult to solve." (People)

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    Murray Rostrevor, Australia 09-05-15
    Murray Rostrevor, Australia 09-05-15 Member Since 2008

    Psychology and Biology nerd. Chemistry enthusiast. Fan of good research-based science books, comedies and crime.

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    "Wonderful story, with a couple of little issues"

    I really enjoyed both the story and the reading. It must be said that a couple of things happen in the final few minutes that are a bit odd (a non-spoiling one being Kinsey, without apparent reason, driving past four cops and about two sentences later bemoaning that there are no police on the road from whom she can seek protection). I didn't like the twee introduction of emotive background music for the epilogue - Sue Grafton's writing manages just fine on its own, thanks!

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    Michael E. Klarer 04-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One of Grafton's best! Fantastic ending"

    This is Judy Kaye's first in the series as narrator. She is remarkable. This story reveals much about the depth of character that is Kinsey. It also has a very unique twist reflecting some of the history that surrounds the era in which Kinsey lives. A real 5 star read and listen. I am sorry to have finished it ...for the fourth time!

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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-28-12
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "More Believable Kinsey ~ Jarring Narrator Change"

    Working through the Grafton alphabet ~ O ... Outlaw ... Observations ~

    Kinsey is finally growing up. For many pages over many volumes, it seemed that Grafton's main character would never mature; would always remain commitment-averse, snarky, know-it-all. Grafton must have decided that realistic characters evolve and has finally starting evolving Kinsey. The evolution makes her a much more believable, understandable, compelling protagonist.

    No spoilers, but in Outlaw we finally see Kinsey grappling with real emotion ~ regret and sadness and grief and more. This is not the heavy-handed treatment we have seen in the past where a difficult emotion is dismissed with a joke or platitude. The treatment here is much more sensitive and real-world and the series benefits for it.

    We also learn a bit more about Kinsey's past ~ the time between childhood and "present day" that has been treated only briefly in previous volumes. Outlaw is the beginning of the pay-off for working through some of the less polished, earlier audios.

    We also have a new narrator, which is a plus and a challenge. Challenge, first. When the audio begins, you can be forgiven if you believe we now have a male narrator. Over time, and with a peek at the credits, you will discover the narrator remains a woman but she has either a very manly or a very "mature" voice. This is particularly jarring for this series. Kinsey is neither manly nor elderly and the narration may throw you, at least initially.

    Over time, though, the advantages of the new narration begin to show. Judy Kaye is a much more able narrator ~ her characterizations are massively better than the previous narrator's; she pronounces every word correctly; her pacing never slips. And, over time, it's not too hard to become accustomed to her voice and to settle into the "new Kinsey." Frankly, by the end of the audio, I am convinced this is a change for the better.

    The Kinsey Millhone series has usually offered a pleasant escape without much heavy lifting. Outlaw goes a bit further and is a bit more rewarding. It is certainly worth the listen.



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    James Murfreesboro, TN, USA 11-28-08
    James Murfreesboro, TN, USA 11-28-08
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    "Some Kinsey history"

    I've read most of Kinsey's stories (books) and this is my first audio recording. As for the recording, the reader does an excellent job of capturing the tone of the written word and Kinsey's sarcastic wit.

    The story focuses on her search for the perpetrator who shot and seriously wounded her first husband. We are allowed a glimpse of Kinsey's life we've never been privy to and I think it offers a deeper vision of where she's come from, emotionally. Still, it's mostly about coming along for a ride with a fiesty loner...someone with whom I wouldn't mind sharing a drink. :)

    The joy of her stories (for me) isn't anything remarkable in the plot, but feeling a part of her life. Her writing is escapism and light reading soley for the moment's enjoyment. Let others criticize...I like the series and I'll keep up until the alphabet runs dry.

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    C. McCoy Viginia Beach, VA USA 06-19-04
    C. McCoy Viginia Beach, VA USA 06-19-04 Member Since 2014

    FSX Pilot

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    "O is for Outlaw"

    This is the first book I have heard that was written by Grafton. The plot was good and kept me interested; however, I was bored to tears by the endless detailed minutia describing rooms, environments, locations, etc. These mindless details only served to increase the number of words in the book and bore the reader (listener) but I am sure it gave the author a bit more money from the publisher. I enjoyed the story line and liked the characters and plot - but was continually frustrated by the uneeded details always wanting to get on with the story

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    Judie Canada 09-11-16
    Judie Canada 09-11-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Another great one"
    What did you love best about O is for Outlaw?

    Sue Grafton's writing. The characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of O is for Outlaw?

    No one memorable moment. I enjoyed it all.


    What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have read Sue Grafton's books over and over since the 80s. I gave away all my hard copies and bought the Kindle versions and now the audio versions. Judy Kaye brings Kinsey to life for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but who has 10 hours! :) I listen every chance I get - to work, from work, in bed at night to fall asleep to. It's great.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to listen to all Sue Grafton's books but I tried D is for Deadbeat and could NOT stand Mary Peiffer's narration. It sounds like Siri reading the book. I finished it, but after hearing Judy Kaye's narration I got a refund for "Deadbeat" and I bought all the books from P is for Peril onwards. It's unfortunate, because A to N are lost to me now. I can read the Kindle versions but I prefer the audio versions. Oh well....... some folks hate Judy Kaye's narration and love Mary Peiffer's.

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    Linda 08-02-16
    Linda 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awfull narration !!!"

    I adore the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton and own all of them in hardback. I have enjoyed listening to the audible versions from A to N. Now new narrator for O and she is AWEFUL !! She makes Kinsey sound like she is a gruff 50 and don't even listen to her rendition of Henry !! He sounds like a feeble, wimpy, old lady. I probably will not purchase any more of this series. Going back to my hardbacks.

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    Ginger 05-16-16
    Ginger 05-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "More stories"

    Can't get enough if Kinsey. Wish you would continue in more modern times as young middle aged private detective!!!

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    kitcrk 05-14-16
    kitcrk 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    If you are like me and started listening to Mary Pfeiffer. You will miss Mary, I had a hard time switching to Judy Kay. Kinsey is not the same, I had a hard time figuring when Kinsey was talking and Judy's narrative with the story. she did a good job switching between characters. its' just when there is nothing going on giving you filler she uses her Kinsey voice, which made it difficult for me.

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    Tracy 12-23-15
    Tracy 12-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Why why why change narrator "

    I am so upset why after 13 books would you change the narrator. ... I loved the character of Henry.. an older gentleman in good health active and now you give him a feable voice.. so wrong. .. I

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