The Sixth Idea : Monkeewrench

  • by P. J. Tracy
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • Series: Monkeewrench
  • 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.


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- MBarrett

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.


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- Shelby B. Young

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio