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Publisher's Summary

The Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller.

The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.

An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer's patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.

This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers - and straight to Grace MacBride's Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror - a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.

©2016 Patricia Lambrecht and Traci Lambrecht (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Good story; terribly disappointing narrator

Would you try another book from P. J. Tracy and/or Peter Berkrot?

I've always enjoyed P.J. Tracy's stories, both written and audio. However I spent this entire book thinking what a horrible fit Peter Berkrot was. Usually you get used to a new narrator; but not this time. There was little variance between his characters' voices, and his women spoke in loud whispers, which made them sound ridiculous. In previous books, Grace McBride in particular is a strong, forceful woman, but you'd never have guessed it from listening to this. Gino, the big Italian detective, sounded a little like Barney Fife. Please go back to one of the previous narrators for any future P.J. Tracy books. I won't listen to another one performed by this gentleman.

What did you like best about this story?

It focused on something that I consider to be a real potential threat, although I thought the approach was a little simplistic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

Any of the narrators from previous P.J. Tracey books.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sixth Idea?

The first chapter dragged for me, but some of that may have been due to how strongly I disliked the narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story, poor narrator.

Wish I had read this book instead of listening to it. He used such a high pitched grating voice, I had to slow it down to tolerate listening to him. Good story, with hope for more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Read the book, the narration is Not up to Par!

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

The narrator was not what was needed with this story. All of the characters sounded the same, all high pitched, and not anything I could listen to for any length of time.

What did you like best about this story?

PJ Tracy always writes clever stories, and this was as good as the last.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

Not for this author..

Could you see The Sixth Idea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I'd like any of this series in a movie, no clue as to who would play the characters.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Horrible narration

I love the Monkeewrench series but this new narrator was overly dramatic and his accent..sort of Australian with flat "a" drove me nuts.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved the story; hated the narration

Would you listen to The Sixth Idea again? Why?

No. I have enjoyed all of the Monkeewrench books and always eagerly await the next. As far as I can recall, this is the first I have listened to as an audiobook and it will be the last, if subsequent titles (I hope there will be more!) are narrated by this same narrator. The story is set in Minnesota, yet the characters sounded like some kind of amalgam of Jersey and Down South good-ole-boys. Gino and Leo were voiced as if they were buffoonish, cartoon cops and, in general, the narration was very annoying and detracted from the story.

How could the performance have been better?

A narrator who actually knows how Minnesotans speak and who treats the characters with more respect would be a big improvement.

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

No, I just thoroughly enjoy all of the Monkeewrench stories; they're always well-thought-out and hold my attention. I would have enjoyed it more had I read it for myself, rather than listening to it on tape, but it was good entertainment on a long drive.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good Story ruined by bad narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Narrator - why do publishers insert sub par narrators into a series that was audio gold? Where is Buck Shriner? He is the voice of Monkeewrench!

What other book might you compare The Sixth Idea to and why?

Who knows? I couldn't finish listening with the bad narrator. So glad Audible offers refunds for poor listening experiences!

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

NO! This is the second book this narrator has ruined for me! Thankfully they re recorded the first one with a good narrator - I am hoping they will re record this one as well!

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

Sure - as long as narrator Peter Berkrot is in no way involved.

Any additional comments?

Publishers of audiobooks in a series need to learn to stay with proven / the same narrators to keep fans happy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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worth the wait

I waited years for the next Monkey wrench saga and this one did not disappoint. Great book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story as usual.

Liked the story. Great to see where the group is going.
The male voices all sounded similar and at times had inappropriate accents. The female voices were all very soft and very sweet. The narrator was frequently the voice of a character.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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SO WHY NO AUDIBLE BOOK 8?

Any additional comments?

I don't really care about the narrator in this book. I survived. What I don't understand is why NOTHING STAYS BURIED book 8 in the Monkeewrench series is not out on Audible or through Brilliance.

I have sent several emails to Audible and amazon. No response.

I was looking forward to Book 8 but it has been out since August 1, 2017.

No response. No Audible book. Nada.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful