• J Is for Judgment

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (817 ratings)

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J Is for Judgment

By: Sue Grafton
Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
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Publisher's summary

Once again, Kinsey Millhone, America's favorite female P.I., embroils herself in a complex and entertaining Alphabet Murder Mystery.

When Wendell Jaffe, mastermind of a real-estate scam, disappeared at sea, no body was found. Now, five years later, he's declared legally dead, and California Fidelity has to pay up on his life insurance policy, to the tune of half-a-million dollars. Soon after, the tune slides off-key when Jaffe is spotted in Mexico and Fidelity hires Kinsey Millhone to sort things out. Oddly enough, Kinsey's investigation of the con man's past triggers a surprising inquiry into her own family history. And, as the two stories intertwine, our favorite P.I. finds herself facing dangerous consequences.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©1993 Sue Grafton (P)1993 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Narrator oopsy

The only one that should narrate the Kinsey Millhone Mystery is Judy Kaye. Did not like the narrative with Mary Peiffer.

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One of her best.

I've read the preceding books in the series - and found them a good way to unwind at the end of the day, throughout the week - or weeks. This one I fnished in a couple of days and was sad to see (hear) it end. I played it every chance I got. I didn't predict who the killer was, but it also wasn't a case of there was no way you could've seen it coming - I realized that I should at least have suspected the person (except that I'm not actively trying to solve the case - I'm enjoying the tale). Kinsey's suspisions seem natural for an experienced detective (in my non-detective opinion).

regarding narration: I think I am a picky person as far as narrators go- I've quit unfinished books from being so irritated by the voice actor - and not purchased others. I actually think I have some auditory sensitivity that makes more easily annoyed than most. I like this narrator. She has a good voice for narration, and I can easily distinguish changes in characters - without the male voices sounding weird or creepy. She's subtle and her voice is pleasant.

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narrator isnot animated with different characters

narrator fails to distinguish between characters with voice. reading isn't enough. needs more drama for voices

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Disappointed

I’m a long time lover of this series. The reader and extended story frustrated me for the first time. I’ll keep it up but with the original reader.

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Great!

I love the alphabet series! I wish Amazon would do the 3 letter gift pack for all of the books

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Many production errors...

Story and performance on par with A - I, but many production errors. Several places with repeated text, awkward chapter breaks. Story is still followable, but the production causes a minor irritation in an otherwise enjoyable listening experience.

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A worthwhile addition to the series.

I enjoy this series, even if some of Kinsey's behavior is inconsistent. I really like Mary Pfeiffer's narration. These are always a great palate cleanser between heavier stuff like Clancy.

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Reliable

I like this series. Always interesting and never a let-down.

I also like her slightly sarcastic style - makes me smile.

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10 books in and the narrator changes…

Terrible mistake, Amazon. This book was hard to listen to for all the abrupt chapter ends, missed sentences, lack of character definition but above all the narration. I love the alphabet series - Amazon, go back and do this book justice by re-recording with the real KM voice of Judy Kay. Anyone considering this book - read it, do not listen, you’ll absolutely regret it.

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Love her works!

I love this series of stories, and my added experiences I grew up in “Santa Teresa“, Santa Barbara California. I have a watch the Breakwater in chapter 24 and snuck into the very same marinas that she describes. It’s a wonderful walk down memory lane.

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