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March 12, 2013 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton

Kinsey and Me by Sue GraftonKinsey and Me: Stories
by Sue Grafton
Narrated by Judy Kaye

Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: January 8, 2013
Format: Audio, 7 hours | 31 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Rating: 3½ of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton’s mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.

My Thoughts:

As a long time fan of the Kinsey Millhone series and someone who enjoys short stories, I was happy to see this new arrival. I did, for the most part, enjoy the book but it was not quite what I was expecting. The Kinsey short stories, while entertaining, are not the same depth as her novels and wrapped up a little too quickly. Regardless, it was nice spending a few hours with Kinsey as she deftly solved the cases.

The second part, a series of vignettes told by Kit Blue, what author Grafton refers to as her alter ego, was at times painful to listen to. Drawn from her own past, she describes life with two alcoholic parents, her mother’s death at a young age from cancer, and her father’s ultimate remarriage. These early experiences obviously had a huge influence on her and affected many of the decisions she made in her own life. However cathartic it was for her to write, for this listener it was sad, depressing and at times disturbing; an unexpected change in style after listening to the light-hearted Kinsey Millhone mysteries.

The audio production was easy to listen to and nicely performed by Judy Kaye. When moving from Kinsey to the Kit Blue Vignettes in the second half, she added just the right amount of emotion and passion to her voice to let the listener know that this was no longer the no-nonsense detective Kinsey speaking.

Fans of the series and of the author will probably enjoy this book with the second half providing much insight into the author’s past and what shaped her future. New readers will get a glimpse at Kinsey Millhone, but I recommend they also pick up one of the earlier Alphabet Books to really enjoy her at her best.

Source: Review copy
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  1. BermudaOnion / Mar 12 2013 5:30 pm

    I read this in print and definitely enjoyed the “Kinsey” portion of the book more than the “me” portion.


  2. laurelrainsnow / Mar 12 2013 5:48 pm

    I also read this one in print….and enjoyed the whole thing, but that’s the kind of book I do like to delve into. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  3. Suko / Mar 12 2013 7:10 pm

    Great review, Leslie. I am not familiar with this author but it sounds as if her work has many fans.


  4. Mindy / Mar 15 2013 11:13 am

    My Husband enjoys listening to the Alphabet Mysteries on audio. I will have to remember this book when he is finished with them.



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