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W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

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.
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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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    Maryanne Ashland, MA, United States 10-04-13
    Maryanne Ashland, MA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but didn't like the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was okay but not Sue Grafton's best and I have read every one


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    alot, Kinsey was much more sarcastic and negative with this narrator than I pictured having read all the other books


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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 10-02-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 10-02-13 Member Since 2014

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Not a nail biter, but still entertaining..."

    I listen to audio books for the entertainment. Sue Grafton does just that, entertain. I enjoy this series and will continue listening to them. I find Kinsey Milhorne totally likable and her adventures intriguing. The narrator does and excellent job.

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    Mary 10-01-13
    Mary 10-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "She gets there in the end."

    Got a little impatient with some meandering, but Grafton has put out another good mystery - not a great one, but definitely a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-01-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Sue Grafton Keeps the Franchise on Top"

    This is the latest entry into the alphabetical run of mysteries from Sue Grafton. Certainly, this is one of the most successful series of all time and the accolades are well-earned. Sue has a facility recently to focus on an element of discord in our materialistic society, previously treatment of the aged. In this novel the focus is on the homeless. Sue loves to have have parallel plots running and forming that come together in the end. I found this novel particularly interesting. The pathos of the street people made you want for things to turn out for them. By now, the Kinsey Millhone series has a rich backdrop of characters that reappear and add humor and richness to the story. Kinsey is introduced to a new wing of her family with some startling results. Judy Kaye does her terrific job performing this novel. Judy has literally become the voice of Kinsey throughout the series.

    A final note. This book stands alone perfectly. You do not need to reach the previous 20 odd novels in the series to dive into this very special series. This story is fresh and vital, not a run-through like other long-running series that have lost their inspiration and vitality.

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    Nichole 09-27-13
    Nichole 09-27-13
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    "The later in the alphabet, the better they get."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was engaging. I couldn't stop listening, as I really wanted to see how the story came to together. It was good to visit with old, familiar characters and be introduced to new ones.


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

    Yes! I had to pace myself so that it would last.


    Any additional comments?

    As the series seems to near its natural conclusion, I am both excited and sad when I see the next installment has been released. Each book in the series has been better then the one previous to it, and this one is the same. Its a really great read & listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Tucson, AZ, United States 09-27-13
    Barbara Tucson, AZ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    not as good as most of her other books. but was good


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    made 2 books 1 book for each character


    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    first book adudio book


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

    I did as I ma bed fast


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    MARY NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 09-27-13
    MARY NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I have limited mobility so the kindle has allowed me freedom to buy and enjoy materials without leaving home. Love it.

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NOT READY


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

    YES, I IS SOMEWHAT AMUSING


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I DON'T KNOW I WAS JUST NOT HE USUAL SUE GRAFON


    Did W Is for Wasted inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    donnachandler 09-26-13

    An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want

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    "Never disappointed with Sue Grafton"
    Where does W Is for Wasted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was hooked at "A" and have read/listened to each one.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was difficult in the beginning to listen to two very different story lines at the same time as she switched back and forth. and one appeared not to be relevant to the other. Then all of the sudden you get that "AH HA" when you realize the two stories are actually one. Cool moment for me. Smooth move Sue!


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

    I like listening to Judy. Kinsley Millhome is quite a woman. I feel like I know her and would welcome her into my home. She may fly under the radar, but don't under estimate her!


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

    That AH HA moment when the two stories become one and only then did you realize the truth in it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Way too long between the last novel and "W". And, seeing there is only X,Y and Z left for Sue, I hope she gives Kinsley an happy ever after when she is finished and not a forever after in that old black dress.

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    Adelia 09-24-13
    Adelia 09-24-13

    Favorite authors include, Robert B. Parker, Janet Evanovich, Sarah Paretsky, CJ Box, Sue Grafton, J.A. Jance, Chris Grabenstein & Kyra Davis

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    "Best Yet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend "W is for Wasted" to anyone looking for a great book. Better yet start with "A is for Alibi" and read the whole series.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Grafton's best yet. Kinsey, like the rest of us, has mellowed with age. I only wish that "X is for ..." was ready to read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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