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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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    Karla 06-01-14
    Karla 06-01-14
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    "Don't take so long to get to the story"
    What did you like best about W Is for Wasted? What did you like least?

    The story would have been better if she didn't itemize everything around her. Probably could have shorten the book by 10-12 chapters.


    Was W Is for Wasted worth the listening time?

    eventually


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given up if this hadn't been for the book club. Could have skpped the first 8-9 chapters and still been okay.

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    Deborah Fernandina Beach, FL, United States 05-18-14
    Deborah Fernandina Beach, FL, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2017

    Former English teacher; retired geologist.

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    "W is for Worst"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who vacations in Bakersfield might enjoy it. Perhaps someone living in a halfway house or under a bridge or in a spiderhole, someone already so depressed they might find it a good time and go out and bum smokes off people in underground garages.


    Has W Is for Wasted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I feel like rereading "A is for Alibi", something fresh.


    What aspect of Judy Kaye’s performance would you have changed?

    Its hard to change voice quality. Just didn't sound like the Kinsey in my head. She certainly transmitted the tedium of this book.


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

    It had all the elements of the series: setting, Henry, Santa Teresa/Barbara, her little home, her tongue in cheek (but a lousy plot that her usual stuff couldn't prop up).


    Any additional comments?

    It was half-hearted, warmed-over plights of hopeless loosers with boring issues. Much prefer plights of the fallen rich living in a seaside paradise. Kinsey's spunk has withered without her vintage VW bug and a fascinating client who's driven to the brink of his fairytale existence, and an imminent domain complication concerning Rosie's. Hey, I could write a better one than this "Wasted" effort. Perhaps I will.

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 05-02-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Another Grafton Winner!"

    I love Sue Grafton and she has never disappointed me. This book was as good as the rest. It is a fun story and we finally get to meet some of her kin.

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    Jodi 04-19-14
    Jodi 04-19-14
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    "Worded for a simpler mind"
    Would you try another book from Sue Grafton and/or Judy Kaye?

    The plot was too wordy with mundane details that were boring and unimportant to the story matter. While the narrator had great diction, most of her voices were less than effective. Since her own voice is somewhat gravely, I couldn't picture her voice matching that of the heroine and had a hard time picturing what the heroine would look like.


    Has W Is for Wasted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I might consider another book in her series just to have something to compare this one to.


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    Alexander 03-12-14
    Alexander 03-12-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "W is for wanting"
    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    As usual Judy Kaye renders Kinsey Millhone a wonder one wants to know, hang out with. In her latest novel, Sue Grafton, once again brings us to Santa Teresa during the 1980s following Millhone around scoping out clues. Kinsey's strong independent streak is refreshing in today's world weak kneed women. As usual she is a breath of fresh air. In this latest installment of the alphabet series, Millhone is looking for the family of a deceased homeless man to resolve his will. Through the plot turns we see Kinsey at her best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kinsey Millhone's independent streak but also her vulnerability.


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    Richard S. Rosenstein Delray Beach, FL 03-11-14
    Richard S. Rosenstein Delray Beach, FL 03-11-14 Member Since 2007

    Richard S. Rosenstein

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    "Sue Grafton is always a treat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of W Is for Wasted to be better than the print version?

    I gave read the first part of Sue Grafton's alphabet novels in print but most of the second half on audio book of my stripe or another. I enjoy the narration and W and its predecessors have kept me company on many a long car ride.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Unfortunately about half way through I figured out the plot and it was Sue Grafton's writing that kept me listening.


    Which character – as performed by Judy Kaye – was your favorite?

    Always Kinsey, but she does a very fine job of evoking the men in the book as well. Pete was particularly well done.


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

    Not really. It is not that sort of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be sorry when I get to XY and Z. I enjoy how Sue Grafton has been able to continue to keep you in the 1980's through all of the years she has been writing.

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    Martha PRESCOTT, AZ, United States 02-19-14
    Martha PRESCOTT, AZ, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to W Is for Wasted the most enjoyable?

    Sue Grafton's books are fun. I like when the main character is a woman.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kinsey has a great sense of humor and a kind heart. She goes out of her way to solve her cases.


    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    Judy did a good job of using different voices for each of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book was very entertaining.


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    joseph Tempe, AZ, United States 02-04-14
    joseph Tempe, AZ, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "disappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    can't imagine


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    too much detailed information about absolutely unimportant stuff. and I mean stuff


    How could the performance have been better?

    stop wasting time and get to the meat


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I have read or listed to all the alphabet books and I feel that the last 2-3 have fallen in this boring and full of filler garbage catagory.
    Please forward this information to the author.

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    Anne 01-31-14
    Anne 01-31-14
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    "Usual Grafton"

    I liked this story, but it is not as good as some of the first ones. Seems to be getting tired of this series????

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    Joanne Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-20-14
    Joanne Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read all of the Sue Grafton books in this series, and I have enjoyed them very much. However, this one had such a weak story line. I felt she was just using filler...no substance, and the ending was just rushed over.


    Has W Is for Wasted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has turned me off to finishing the alphabet with her next books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Judy Kaye’s performances?

    No, she was more than annoying in this book.


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