Of the #1 New York Times best-selling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters."
Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.
The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.
Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.
But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. "And just like that," she says, "the lid to Pandora's box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself."
In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.
W is for…wanderer…worthless…wronged….
W is for wasted.
©2013 Sue Grafton (P)2013 Random House Audio
I love the way Sue writes two separate stories, weaves them together and still leaves you wondering.
You'll keep reading to find the answers.
No suspense at all. Just flat from beginning to end.
My first book from her and my last one also.
The narrator was okay.
Liked the storyline but disliked the narrator.
Sounded too old for the main character. Took away from the storyline.
Selecting a reader for a book written in the first person must be like choosing actors for parts in a film or play. The reader's voice makes the text live: the voice reflects the character, the person who is sharing events, thoughts, personality.
Kinsey Millhone is a feisty, highly resilient and resourceful, thirty something detective with a sense of humor and a good serving of empathy. I really enjoy Sue Grafton’s popular series.
But it is really unfortunate when the reading of a book doesn't match what the reader/listener pictures or imagines from the words. And that’s how it is for me when Judy Kaye reads any of this series, including W is for Wasted. Her voice is far from the determinedly light hearted, almost flippantly understated and emotionally honest Kinsey that I feel Grafton is describing.
Furthermore, her voice is that of a significantly older woman who often reads the most amusing passages in a ponderous fashion.
As a result, W for Wasted is one of the least satisfying books of the series.
Where to start? It's been quite a while since I read a Kinsey Milhone story but I had enjoyed them so when this showed up as a bargain, I jumped on it. Turns out that it was inexpensive for a reason.
Pros: It's fun to read a book set in 1988 and realize she didn't even have a computer! She bought a low-mileage 3yo Toyota for $3,500! She had a typewriter and filed paper! That part is fun.
Cons: Everything else.
1. The narrator is pretty bad. She has limited range and most of any variation she uses will "fade" if a dialogue lasts for a while and both characters will end up sounding like her Kinsey Milhone, And I didn't like her Kinsey at all. Too hard edged. I thought Ms. Kaye's timing was fairly poor as well so that Kinsey's "snap" was missing. She was just flat.
2. The editing! Oh sweet mother Mary and all the saints, this book needed an editor SO badly! I have to ask if Grafton was paid by the word. I can handle a lot of detail but the further I got in this book, the more obvious and grating the detail became. Would you like to know how many departments the hospital has phone numbers for? Kinsey will not only tell you, but she will name every one of them for you before she tells you she found and dialed the number for the critical care unit! The book is full of that kind of stuff and *that* is just the stuff that does absolutely NOthing to advance the plot, add atmosphere or enhance the character. It's just details seemingly for the sake of details.
3. More editing! I am 12 hours into a 14 and 1/2 hour reading and I want to scream at the snails pace of this story! No, that's wrong. Snails move faster!
4. The plot is becoming sillier by the minute and we are about to be treated to a plot twist that is so coincidental that the only thing that could be worse is if the author had said, "And then I took out my magic wand and..."
I suppose I'll finish it. But I may not. It's just not good at all.
Oh, and Henry has lost his personality. I can't tell if it's because of the narration or because Kaye phoned this in. Dietz showed up and it was BORING! What?!? Really?
I don't remember Kinsey being so whiny in the past. The character was so bad this time I almost didn't finish it.
No, I wouldn't recommend the book. Overall, it was pretty boring.
The narrator is too old for Kinsey's voice.
Depends on who played Kinsey.
I've always enjoyed these books in the past but this one was really hard to get through.
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.
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