Wednesday, December 7, 2011

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (review #142)

Title: U is for Undertow

Author: Sue Grafton
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Putnam
Series: Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries
Format: Unabridged Audio

This is my very first audio book that I listened to in its entirety. How cool is that? Because of the slump I've been in that last few months, I've been trying all sorts of new things to see if they stick or get me out of this slump. I've read a graphic novel, am currently reading a great young adult book and now completed my first audio book.

I can't say that I am 100% behind audio books. I will have to see how it goes for my next pick. Sue Grafton has been one of my favorite mystery authors for years now. I knew she had her lastest mystery out, V is for Vengeance and I was one book behind. She is one I try to read religiously when a new one comes out.

I thought it would be faster?...perhaps to listen to it rather than read it? Well, that really wasn't the case but I was able to read another book at the same time and listen to this just in my car. It took me about two weeks to finish listening to it. I don't drive great distances anymore so I listened to it while driving to the bank, the store, to work, picking up the kiddo from school, etc. I had a few longer drives while visiting my parents but that's about it. My kiddo wasn't into it at all and kept asking for "his music" every time we got in the car. I politely refused him every time. I know. Bad Mama. I said it was Mama's time, bucko! :)

Anyway, I loved it! The narrator sounded like I thought Kinsey would; tough yet compassionate. The case she was working on was complicated and intricate, coming together nicely in the end. Grafton is a huge talent when it comes to laying out a mystery. You don't know who did it until the end. I love that.

I am also a huge fan of Kinsey. I relate to her in a lot of ways. The books are set in the eighties so it's before cell phones, before the internet, before computers were used regularly, etc. Kinsey uses the library a lot and that rocks my socks! It reminds me of growing up when things seemed to be simpler in a way. She uses her note cards to display her ideas on a case. Her best friend is her 90+ year old landlord, Henry. She eats peanut butter and pickle sandwiches (YUM!). I just loved everything about the experience of this book. Listening to it is different than reading it. It was so alive and fun to hear what was going to happen next.

Rating: 6/6
For my first audio book that I completed, it was the perfect choice! For a great mystery, Grafton hit it out of the park again. I really enjoyed it all. Looking forward to her next alphabet mystery. I have the audio version on hold at my library as well. I am hoping I have the same great listening experience with that one as well.

I can't say I can include this in my A-Z Mystery Author Challenge because I have already read a "G" author but I can include it in trying new things out when it comes to the mystery genre!

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Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) said...

Yeah, I've discovered that its definitely quicker to actually read the book - I love audio, but they can be so slow! I haven't read a Kinsey Millhone book in forever, but she is pretty awesome. I think I'll try this one in audio then, since it sounds like it's a good one. Great review, and good luck with your other audio picks! ;)

Marce said...

Well done for trying something new, audio can be ticked off the list :-) Glad you found a great one.

I haven't read this series but have downloaded A for the new year, it is actually one of my considerations to start the year with.

LisaMM said...

I love this series! I just got V is for Vengeance... excited! I've never actually listened to an audio book all the way through. It's just not for me. I'm a reader, not a listener, I guess.

LisaMM said...

I love this series! I just got V is for Vengeance the other day... excited! I'm not big into audio books. Much prefer just to read them.

carol said...

This is one of those series that always attracts my attention, but there are just so many books in it that it's intimidating.