Here together for the first time in audio are the three mysteries that started it all, introducing sexy, savvy ex-cop turned P.I. Kinsey Millhone to listeners everywhere....
To mark this 30th anniversary year, Sue Grafton has given us stories that reveal Kinsey Millhone’s origins - and Sue’s past....
Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered....
From New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD....
Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped....
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic....
With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town....
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer....
You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer. Now the rent is due again. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter....
Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused....
Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe....
Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers' retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited. It's an authors' getaway, but Cat won't let anyone get away with murder....
Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki hires Kinsey Millhone, a gutsy P.I., to find the real killer. The trail is cold, but Kinsey finds a lead that brings her face-to-face with the murderer!
This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!
"Grafton has created a woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner....Smart, well-paced and very funny." (Newsweek)
The narrator is no Judy Kaye. I am going to make my way thru the alphabet series on Audible as I already have in print, so this is my starting point, though I have already listened to other books in the series. This book is instructive because it shows how subtle things can trash a reading. Much of the dialog is very wooden and doesn't flow the way a real conversation does. This is very distracting and makes it difficult to focus on the plot. I love Grafton, which is really the only thing that keeps me going.
34 of 35 people found this review helpful
The first in the series -- obviously -- and arguably just as good as Grafton's last books, which is the unique thing about Sue Grafton. Her books -- and her character -- deal with more complex topics as they go along, they get longer, we learn more about Kinsey's background, but in terms of providing a thoroughly satisfying mystery, the first is as good as the last.
This one wasn't read by Judy Kaye, which marks one difference -- Kaye has become, at least in my mind, the voice of Kinsey Millhone. But Peiffer does a fine job. No complaints.
A is for Alibi also kicks off one of Kinsey's more unpleasant characteristics -- as least for me: her dislike of dogs and animals in general, but more specifically dogs. That issue gets modified a bit as the books proceed and somewhere in the alphabet Kinsey finds herself getting attached to a cat. But there were many times in this book I found myself cringing at the Kinsey's dislike for - and mistreatment of, when she gets the chance -- animals. I guess it fits her tough-girl character, but I, for one, would appreciate her working out her angst on humans, not animals.
But all in all, a good listen. Having first read this book a couple of years after it came out in 1982, then again a decade later, then listened to it for the first time in 2011 and again just now, 2015, I have few doubts that sooner or later I'll listen to it again. The problem is, there just aren't enough Kinsey books available -- and good grief! What will we do after "Z is for ???" is published.
Now there's a frightening proposition.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
No heavy lifting here for a reader. Just an engaging, brief-ish mystery that serves as an able introduction to the then-new PI. The only "problem" listening to this, and many future Grafton mysteries, is that the author introduces many characters and does not provide the "cues" other authors do to help readers keep them straight.
The weakest aspect of this audiobook is the narrator who mispronounces several reasonably common words (e.g., covert). This has an unfortunately jarring effect on the narrative.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
It took a while for the book to hold my attention. It bored me and I looked forward to the ending more to be done with it than to find out what happened. The characters were skin deep at best and not really believable. Aside from the story line, part of the problem was the narrator. She is awful!!!!
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Sue Grafton's hero, Kinsey Millhone, is wonderfully presented, as are all her characters. There is a pervading sense of fun mingled with human compassion throughout. Kinsey's qualities of irony and self deprecation are dynamically conveyed through delightful similes and asides.
Grafton's titles work through the alphabet, and have now reached U. Unfortunately Audible has only released unabridged versions of 6 of this series. But Grafton is a writer to be savored and enjoyed, not edited.
And talking of enjoying, the reading of Grafton's books illustrates what all Audible members know: that the narration has a strong impact. In the Audible unabridged selection, Grafton's books are narrated by Judy Kaye and Mary Peiffer. For me, Peiffer effortlessly draws out the colour, fun and sense of ease and enjoyment Grafton exudes, while Kaye, although a very professional reader, bypasses these important qualities
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
I usually look so forward to my long drives and the Audible books that I get to listen to along the way. This book was chosen by my book club so I must finish it, otherwise I would not. I dread listening to it and cannot wait to be finished with it. The plot is boring. I am not at all interested in finding out "who dunnit." Even worse than the book itself is the narrator. Her male voices sound ridiculous and some of the female voices sound like a female trying to sound male - very off-putting. At times, she has lengthy pauses at very odd places in the story. At other times, she ends a sentence or a chapter in a way that makes the listener think that she has not read the end of the sentence. I will avoid this reader and this author in the future.
24 of 28 people found this review helpful
I was always hearing how great these books were, last week after litening to This is Audible and the author's interview, I tried the first 4 in the series. I'm hooked. I can highly recomend.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
This was my first and my last Sue Grafton novel. Her writing was amateurish and her characters 2 dimensional and stupid. The plot was painfully predictable. Her main character never really told the story, but outlined steps and frequently talked about herself in the 3rd person rather than the 1st person (the story was being told, or attempting to be told in 1st person voice). I would characterize this book as a dime store novel. Do not waste your time with this book, and if this book is typical of her writing, I would avoid the author as well. It would take me far too long to describe how awful this book was with all of its cliche's, plot holes, and anti-climatic events. I was thrilled when the book was done. I guess my first clue should have been that the abridged version was taken down to 2 ish hours where the original was around 8. Any book that can shrink that much doesn't have much in it.
20 of 24 people found this review helpful
i enjoyed listening to this book--didn't figure out the culprit until right at the end--i would recommend it highly
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Fabulous! I love it! Can't wait to get to B, C, D, E.....etc.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful