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W Is for Wasted Audiobook
W Is for Wasted
Written by: 
Sue Grafton
Narrated by: 
Judy Kaye
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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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-09-13
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Did Grafton find this in storage????"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Before I say what I would change, I have to say, I have read all of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone books. I loved them all and if she writes more, I will read those too.

    Modernize it! I was always under the impression the Kinsey Millhone novels were written in present time. However, Kinsey was using phone booths, tape recorders, and typewriters. Research was done at the library during the days of card catalogs. If Kinsey needed to make a phone call while on the road, she pulled over and used a pay phone! It was strange that computers, cell phones and modern technology were never mentioned. I felt like I was reading a novel from the seventies rather than a just published novel.


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

    If my friends were fans of Sue Grafton and her Kinsey Millhone novels, yes. I have read them all, and will continue to read them if she writes more. But, with that being said, I truly hope Kinsey learns some new things. All I could think when Kinsey was going to the library or the county clerks office, was wow, the internet would have been so much easier and faster!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Judy Kaye's voice sounded too old.


    Could you see W Is for Wasted being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Absolutely. I can see Claire Danes as Kinsey.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though W is for Wasted was rather dated, I enjoyed it. Sue Grafted writes great mysteries. I love hearing about Henry's yard and Kinsey's weakness for his baking.

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    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13
    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not My Favorite Sue Grafton"
    What did you like best about W Is for Wasted? What did you like least?

    I liked spending time with Kinsey, as always. However, I found her family to be unlikeable and unpleasant. I wasn't crazy about the homeless characters either.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sue Grafton? Why or why not?

    I read all her books at least twice.


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

    Kinsey of course but she does a great job with all the characters. Tony winner Judy Kaye rocks!


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

    Maybe, depending on who was cast.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked seeing Robert Dietz again. Also, I didn't really like the second storyline but I appreciated how it fit into Kinsey's story.

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    GHK USA 12-05-13
    GHK USA 12-05-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Tries our patience and goodwill"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved the earlier Kinsey Millhone books, A through O were wonderful reads. Sue Grafton created a sympathetic, inspiring character whose adventures captivated us. However, I'm sorry to say that her last few books in general, and this one in particular, are considerably off from the high standards that the author set for herself.

    The major problem I see is that the author focusses mostly on the irrelevant trivia of Kinsey's life and does a half hearted job of developing the plot. She devotes many chapters to the `setup', and develops the cold, calculating, scheming villain. Then the entire denouement happens in the space of 1 page, where the villain goes completely out of character and behaves in a wild and uncontrolled manner, enabling Kinsey to wrap up the situation neatly. In the meantime, pages and pages are devoted to physical descriptions of minor characters, their houses etc. You'd think you were reading Thomas Hardy. The descriptions of what Kinsey eats and what she wears take up almost as many words as does the plot. The pacing is wildly uneven, with certain events described in painstaking detail and others rushed through. Then the book concludes with a main character delivering a ham-fisted, unctuous and barf-inducing speech about the virtues of the homeless. I'm sympathetic of the homeless myself and am all in favour of helping them when I can, but I'd rather not have sermons rammed down my throat, especially towards the conclusion of the book when you are waiting for major plot points to be resolved (which actually never happened).

    If the author had not build up such a reservoir of goodwill with the first 18 or so instalments, I doubt whether I'd have been able to get through more than a quarter of this book.


    What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Judy Kay does a wonderful job of characterizing Kinsey. The only thing is that she is beginning to sound a bit old for Kinsey's character.


    Did W Is for Wasted inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Carla Irving, TX, United States 12-05-13
    Carla Irving, TX, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Dragging"
    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    Wordy, the book was too wordy and it dragged on and on to the point that I was getting bored with the subject matter


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

    The ones where there was interaction with the homeless people


    How could the performance have been better?

    There could have been more distinction in the voices of the characters. I had a hard time distinguishing the characters In conversations.


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

    No it pretty much killed the time on my commute to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to know more about Pearl and Dandy? How did they get to be homeless?

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    Sherry Atlanta, GA, United States 12-03-13
    Sherry Atlanta, GA, United States 12-03-13
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    Any additional comments?

    I did not enjoy the narrator for this book at all. At one point I even considered discontinuing the audio version and obtaining the written version instead. Part of my dissatisfaction may be that I am used to earlier books by Sue Grafton, which are narrated by Mary Pfeiffer. To me, her (Ms. Pfeiffer’s) rendition of Kinsey Millhone is dead on. In addition to this, though, I did not enjoy Judy Kaye’s portrayal of the male characters. To me their voices sounded kind of “squawking” or “whining”, and they all sounded similar. Finally, for some parts of the narration, it was difficult to tell the distinction between Kinsey’s thoughts and her spoken word. I think Ms. Kaye is an articulate narrator, and she appears to be very popular as noted by many of the other reviewers of this book, but I will likely not get any more Sue Grafton books that are narrated by her.

    I gave this book an overall 3 star, mainly because of the narration, but also because the details given in some parts of the story seemed to drag on. I usually enjoy these details by Sue Grafton because the images and sensations I get from them are so real (like the McDonald's lunches/dinners!), but some details in this current book were a little too drawn out for me.

    I love Sue Grafton's books, though, and will definitely be getting the remaining ones in the series (what comes after Z ???) whether in written format or audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shain 11-21-13
    Shain 11-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sue Grafton has run out of steam"

    I like Kinsey Millhone but if this book is anything to go by, I don’t think her author Sue Grafton will be able to finish out the alphabet.
    The story starts out well eough but soon bogs down into a lacklustre grind. Huge amount of padding, characters that aren’t credible, unengaging situations - all the signs of an author that seems bored with her story but is determined to churn out a book.
    Where's the tension?
    I lost interest. A first for me with this series. Plan to return it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Clifton Park, NY, USA 11-19-13
    Charles Clifton Park, NY, USA 11-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Stroy, Well read, Too long,"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Book was too long. An abridged version might be better. Too much attention to details that did not add to the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sue Grafton? Why or why not?

    I have listened to or read all in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Judy Kaye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    excellent job portraying the character


    Could you see W Is for Wasted being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Not one of her better efforts.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was predictable. Nice to know that Kinsey will now have a retirement income. Please return to story formats that include less extraneous details.

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    critical shopper CA 11-19-13
    critical shopper CA 11-19-13 Member Since 2015

    critical choices

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    "Kinsey is as good as ever"

    I love this series and appreciate the consistency of writing and plotting over all. Performance was not the best for my taste due to the amateurish, girly girly voicing for the Anna cousin character. It was jarring and did not belong. Sometimes when these Audible books try to "act out" the dialog they blow it. Would have been better left as a straighforward naration and straightforward reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david 11-14-13
    david 11-14-13
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    "What is X going to be????"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book along with all the rest of her alphabet.


    What other book might you compare W Is for Wasted to and why?

    All of her other ones.


    What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her inflections puts the listener right there in the action.


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

    Yes but I showed constraint and made it last a week.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Johnston Magnolia, TX 11-10-13
    John S. Johnston Magnolia, TX 11-10-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Way too Long"
    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    One no need to know how to make a cheese sandwich which take about 5 minutes in this book. Way too many times in this book she goes way too much description of an event or memory.


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

    Not at all but I'll read all reviews before finishing this series.


    What about Judy Kaye’s performance did you like?

    She always does a good job.


    What character would you cut from W Is for Wasted?

    Too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    For the professional Kinsey looks pretty awful most of the time in the last several books. She is active in criminal activities and then complains about what she has done. Like I said before after N it been all down hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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