• Tunnel Vision

  • V. I. Warshawski, Book 8
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (319 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder - after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.

V.I., who had volunteered with Deirdre at a women's shelter, suspects her death is linked to a case of upper-class domestic abuse so slickly concealed that the police refuse to believe it. Increasingly at odds with the cops, V.I. is blindly plunging ahead after the truth. And her path may lead to corruption at the highest levels or deep into the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicago's streets, where secrets are hiding in the dark like a child's - or V.I.'s - worst nightmare.

©1994 Sara Paretsky (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Sara Paretsky and Susan Ericksen together - wow!

I love Paretsky's VI character, her street fighter instincts and her endearing cast of family. Put together with Susan Ericksen as narrator and it just doesn't get any better. In this book, VI runs into her usual pitfalls, gets into typical VI trouble while trying to follower her noble instincts and navigate a love life in the midst of her escapades. It is harrowing, relevant and spell binding. Love the series. Wish Ericksen has narrated all of them.

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Interesting Once You Get To the Story

Far too much ideological posturing before getting down to the story. The mystery itself is good but too much to swallow before getting there.

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"Tunnel Vision", a Paretsky best.

Always enjoy the Paretsky stories with the interplay of characters, of which Tunnel Vision has many, and a very involved plot. I like that, and it keeps my mind from wandering.
The narrator, Susan Ericksen, walks the line and talks the talk for a perfect Vic, or would it be Vick? I'm an audible person anymore, and haven't read a Paretsky in paper for many years. Though, I could remember liking the author and the story. Now I'm hooked on Audible.com.

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Good listening

The performance is outstanding. Little too long but enjoyed. It was a bit challenging keeping up with the different characters. Madge

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Full of Twists and Turns

As always, Sara Paretsky has written a novel that does not fail to keep me on edge, continuously trying to figure out who did it and why. And, as always, I am completely flabbergasted.

I absolutely love this feisty private investigator and all the skirmishes she gets herself into during the course of her investigations. She is gutsy and dogmatic in her pursuit of true justice, just like the stereotypical gritty gum shoes of old. I highly recommend this novel and its accompanying series. #murder #mystery #PI

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My favorite VI story so far

Memorable characters, especially, the lovable downstairs retired machinist and finally a more believable romance for the PI. The audiobook version offer many generous and satisfying hours of listening.

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Too long - not my favorite

I love this author and usually love this narrator but this book was about 7 hrs too long, had WAY too many uninteresting indistinguishable characters, and I got tired of being yelled at by the narrator. I left it on in the background and toned in when they got to the parts about the kids other than that it was not my favorite.

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Excellent voice and fast pace sorry

This was my first book that I listened to by this author and I am so glad to have stumbled on it. Fast paced, full of characters and moving plot. I can't wait to go back and listen to her other books.

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Not bad

Some parts of the book felt dated, and that's okay if the characters and story are sweeping. Here they are... Okay. The main character, Warshawski, is pretty sympathetic, but I didn't really "get" her. The word feminism was bandied about, but I'm not really sure how it actually applied (though there could be a generational thing going on here). Most of the other characters are uninteresting or even annoying. There wasn't a moment when I actually understood the love interest, but maybe that was more detailed in an earlier book I didn't read.

The narrator was okay, but sometimes made Warshawski too plaintive, and even juvenile sounding, and that detracted. It was a not-too-bad pastime novel, but I won't be catching up an any other books in the series.

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Ok story, terrible narrator

The character voices were awful, especially the main character’s boyfriend who is supposed to be an African American. The narrator’s version of how he sounded made me cringe every single time. The voice of the little girl... awful!!! The voice of the main character barely ok.

The story was ok.

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