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W Is for Wasted Audiobook

W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Katherine 09-13-13
    Katherine 09-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Yet"
    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    Best of Series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kinsey


    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    Fine


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When explanation of homelessness is given such humanity


    Any additional comments?

    This is Grafton's best work. The other books in this series were easily read in one night, but not W. So much more depth to the characters, and much more introspection for Kinsey.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ronaye21 04-08-15
    Ronaye21 04-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great mystery with social consciousness thrown in"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 03-20-15
    Linda 03-20-15
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    "grafton does it again...."

    kinsey millhone's character is always entertaining and never disappoints.....what happens when z is written i wonder?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cowtown girl 03-13-15

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    "W is for WONDERFUL!"

    Excellent as always. Wish the alphabet was longer...not wanting the "alphabet books" to end.
    Write some more...won't you?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very good"

    loved it predictable ending -- -
    will listen to more audio books by this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Hernando, FL, United States 02-14-15
    Evelyn Hernando, FL, United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring!"
    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    No suspense at all. Just flat from beginning to end.


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    My first book from her and my last one also.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Judy Kaye?

    The narrator was okay.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue MOUNTAIN VIEW, Macau 02-09-15
    Sue MOUNTAIN VIEW, Macau 02-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Hated the reader!"
    What did you like best about W Is for Wasted? What did you like least?

    Liked the storyline but disliked the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounded too old for the main character. Took away from the storyline.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 02-08-15
    Jane 02-08-15

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Judy Kaye is not Kinsey Millhone"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 10-09-13
    Tamara 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    ""W" is for Whiny"
    What did you like best about W Is for Wasted? What did you like least?

    I don't remember Kinsey being so whiny in the past. The character was so bad this time I almost didn't finish it.


    Would you recommend W Is for Wasted to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend the book. Overall, it was pretty boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is too old for Kinsey's voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depends on who played Kinsey.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always enjoyed these books in the past but this one was really hard to get through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Fresno, CA, United States 10-04-13
    Angie Fresno, CA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to W Is for Wasted the most enjoyable?

    Nothing. This is the first Sue Grafton book I have purchased in audio format and I was very disappointed in the narrator. I have read every book from A to W and feel that I was cheated out of what could have been a more enjoyable performance. I understand that Kinsey should be early to mid-thirties in age; however, the narrator sounds more like mid-fifties and it made the entire storyline very difficult for me to believe. I will not purchase another audio book in this series (thank goodness it's almost done) and am sorry I did this one because now when I read the remaining books I will hear that unbelievable voice as Kinsey and it was HUGE disappointment to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of W Is for Wasted?

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have all the others because being my first audio book in this series, I was very disappointed in the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Judy Kaye?

    Someone...ANYONE.... who sounded as young as Kinsey is supposed to be. Judy Kaye sounds like she's in her mid-50's and not mid-30's which is what I believe should be Kinsey's age.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I can't think about that now because I was so disappointed in the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be purchasing any more Sue Grafton audio books with Judy Kaye as the narrator, and will be sure to check for her name in my other purchases as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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