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Tunnel Vision: A V.I. Warshawski Novel | [Sara Paretsky]

Tunnel Vision: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.
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Publisher's Summary

Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.

V.I., who had volunteered with Deirdre at a women's shelter, suspects her death is linked to a case of upper-class domestic abuse so slickly concealed that the police refuse to believe it. Increasingly at odds with the cops, V.I. is blindly plunging ahead after the truth. And her path may lead to corruption at the highest levels or deep into the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicago's streets, where secrets are hiding in the dark like a child's, or V.I.'s, worst nightmare.

©1995 Sara Paretsky; (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Her best adventure yet, a complex, authentic, and gripping story." (Booklist)
"Paretsky has again woven a tale of intrigue that's sure to keep readers engrossed." (School Library Journal)

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    Shaliali Sevierville, TN, United States 10-20-08
    Shaliali Sevierville, TN, United States 10-20-08 Member Since 2007

    I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.

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    "What a Shame"

    I listened to one of the Paretsky novels read by Jean Smart, and was so pleased with my first experience with this author that I decided to try this novel. It was true that the quality of the audio left something to be desired in HARD TIME the Jean Smart narrated novel, but the reading was so good that it made up for it.

    The opposite is true for this novel. The reader is so poor that I simply could not finish listening. I have ordered the book so that I can read it myself to see how it ends. The reader did not distinguish between characters or, indeed, put any emotion into her reading. I also noticed what other reviewers pointed out: The reader frequently mispronounces words.

    If you want to listen to a Paretsky novel, I suggest wading through the somewhat distractingly poor quality of HARD TIME instead of this well produced, but very poorly read alternative.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Grants Pass, OR, United States 01-29-08
    Janet Grants Pass, OR, United States 01-29-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointed Paretsky fan"

    As a fan of previous V.I. Warshawsky books, this one was a disappointment. The narration made it difficult to keep paying attention. This narrator was monotoned and even mispronounced some words, including names of locations referred to in the book. With a better narrator, this book would have been much more interesting. I was so excited to have a Paretsky book available and ended up sorry I used a book credit for this one.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-01-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Tunnel Vision"

    Sara Paretsky writes about domestic violence in this story, and does a good job indicating the problem women and children have first to come forth and second to get people to believe them particularly if the parent is well known in the community. Paretsky has her usual nail biting suspense and some humor while revealing a difficult problem in our society. The narrator Shannon Engemann could have done a better job. I preferred Kathy Bates narrating, she had read some of the earliest books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Grace BAGNOLET, France 06-04-09
    Grace BAGNOLET, France 06-04-09
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    "Alas poor Paretsky, I knew her well!"

    I have long enjoyed Paretsky, but this narration takes all the fun out of the book. Not only does the narrator miss V.I.'s wit, the flattened rhythm makes it hard to follow the story. This reader should have had a pronunciation editor. i have never listened to a book with so many mispronunciations, it became very annoying. I wish I'd bought the paperback instead!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Tunnel Vision"

    This is probably one of my favorite Sara Paretsky books, and it has been totally ruined by the person reading it. I have listened to hundreds of recorded books, and have never heard anyone so monotoned and boring. I would never consider myself an interesting reader of books and I am sure I could surpass this person by leaps and sounds.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    01-31-10
    01-31-10 Member Since 2005
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    "My mistake"

    I should have read the reviews... I agree the reader was so boring... I kept drifting off thinking of other things... having to rewind & had a hard time telling where I left off.... so disappointed... has taught me to pay attention to the reviews... lesson learned!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor Clinton, CT, United States 12-12-11
    Eleanor Clinton, CT, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "good story, bad reader"

    This was one of the few Paretsky books that I had not read, and I do a lot of audio books while driving. Had I realized just *how* poor the narrator was, I would have bought the book instead. Flat, monotone, poor pronunciation, etc. all left me drifting away from the story. I think the story was okay it was really hard to tell due to the narrator. Why did they bother with such a poor performance?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 01-17-10
    Ron Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 01-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "No Adult Supervision"

    The one star is for Peretsky's book, which isn't bad. Though she deserves some heat for the lack of supervision, the production company that allowed this to be released is the main culprit. The narrator mispronounces so many words that one would think English isn't her first language. The engineers ruin the pace with slap-dash editing and jarring volume shifts. Doesn't this company supervise their productions?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Albany, NY, United States 08-02-14
    Lee Albany, NY, United States 08-02-14
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    "great Sara Paretsky story bland narration"

    The story is another excellent Sara Paretsky VI Warshawski, with an interesting plot and characters, but the narration is very bland. It took two tries for me to get into listening, and although the narrator's voice is very pleasant, there is very little difference in tone or phrasing for any of the characters or based on the content. I like the political and social justice content of all of Sara Paretsky's books and this one carries a banner as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Mowder Denver, CO 07-25-14
    D. Mowder Denver, CO 07-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story....poor narration and production!"
    Would you try another book from Sara Paretsky and/or Shannon Engemann?

    of course


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story line


    How could the performance have been better?

    first...the narrator spoke at warp speed in a monotone. the production also cut off last sentences at the end of chapters, running chapters into each other, and pauses in mid sentences for no reason.


    Any additional comments?

    wish i had bought the print version...wasted my credit on this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Veliko TarnovoBulgaria
    4/7/08
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    "Good story - shame about the reader"

    I have always been a fan of Sara Paretsky's heroine, V.I. Washawski and her adventures but in this one, the reader ruined a good story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    11/17/09
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    "Fast paced plot spoiled by fast paced reading"

    I am a Warshawski fan and the book itself lives up to Sara Paretsky's reputation. Because of this I listened to the whole book in spite of my irritation at the reader's style - although clear it is fast and lacks the changes of tone and voice that make for story-telling. I was intrigued by the change in my feelings as the story progressed - from 'I can't be doing with this, I'll get the printed version of the book' to 'Oh well, I'm enjoying the story enough to ignore the reader,' to 'I want to hear how this turn's out and I've stopped noticing the reader's faults.' However, in future, I shall check from the sample play and the reviews, whether this reader has changed her style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Aberdare, United Kingdom
    1/25/09
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    "Me too"

    I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing... The narrator is monotonal and relentless, really quite hard to listen to. Along with strange mispronunciations and errors (saying 'minute' as 'unit of time' rather than the obviously intended 'very small') I will be avoiding this reader in future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    CumbernauldUnited Kingdom
    1/16/09
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    "Read too fast"

    I only gave this audiobook 2 stars not becuase it is a bad story but because it was badly narrated. I loved Lorelei King narrating this and she was great. The narrator reads far too fast and I often wonder if she is going to take a breath. It spoiled it for me. Note to Audible: If you get any more Sarah Paretsky (and I hope you do) please make sure it is Lorelei King reading them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Caldicot, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
    12/15/08
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    "What a dreadful Reader"

    I never thought I would be unable to listen to an audiobook of Sara Paretsky.
    This must be the worst reader ever. I just could not listen to her.
    Peter Stephenson

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MCB
    6/30/14
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    "Good story but ruined ruined by narrator"
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    Narration was awful - dull and expressionless. At times it sounded like a computer generated voice. Love VI Warshawski stories but will steer clear of this narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie Wilson
    berkshire uk
    11/25/11
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    "A horrible gabble"

    Really disappointed: I wanted another Sara Paretsky and got this one without listening to the sample. The reader just gabbles it off at high speed, no pauses at all, as if she was being paid to get as many words in to the minute as possible. Quite unlistenable to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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