I agree with everything said about the narrator. She is a good reader; she does not sound like a 20 something girl from NJ!!! Please pair up the narrators with the characters. She definitely needs to read for a 50+ character and would do a great job as long as the subject isn't too comedic... She has great pronunciation and diction, etc. I have nothing against CJ Critt, she is just soooooo wrong for Ms. Plumb!!!!!! That said it is a good book.
I loved the first three Stephanie Plum books and a large part of that was Lori Petty's reaading of the book. I didn't check and should have read the other reviews before buying the fourth book read by Debi Mazur. Petty's reading was a joy with a tough accent that completely fit the character. Now, with Mazur, she is a somewhat blase, bored 30 something. It's so sad - I loved the first three books and now I have to give up the series. It's like having really good food that was just right and trying to have it again only to find out a new chef has totally changed the recipe.
The plot for this book is nearly as good as Evanovich's laters, but if you've listened to books 7-11 which have a fantastic narrator, you'll likely find the narrator for this one disappointing. The voices are ordinary, rather than the utterly hilarious and engaging ones in the later books, and the narrator makes many of the characters seem a bit slow in the head.
I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.
This is a really good installment of the Stephanie Plum series, truly it is, but the narrator CJ Critt is terrible! I almost would have preferred the abridged version because at least Debi Mazar sounds like a thirty year old woman from Jersey and not a 60-ish grandmother from the Midwest. It was so difficult to get into this book because of Ms. Critt. Why she made Grandma Mazur sound like she smokes three packs a day and could possibly be a man I will never understand. If you should choose the unabridged version and agree with me on this particular narrator just push through it because the whole book is worth the listen and Ms. Critt's annoying commendation will soon fall behind the book's flare for comedy and suspense.
After listening to books 1 - 3 and loving the narrator I am very disappointed in this one. She sounds like a dull old lady and not a spunky young NJ woman. I am going to struggle to finish listening to this one.
I agree with all the other reviews. The narrator is awful. The book is good though. Since I don't have time to sit and read I am glad I listened to the book. It was worth putting up with the awful reading to get to "read" the book.
I am a big fan of the entire Stephanie Plum series. This story is good, same humor we've come to expect but the narration ruins it completely. I went back to the book for the one, the narration was so bad I wasn't able to make it through the audio edition.
I loved this book! The only thing that I didn't really care for was the narrator. She was lacking the Jersey accent that we all know Stephanie has. Good thing the storyline was so enjoyable, otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished the book.
I LOVE the Stephanie Plum novels but the narrator in this story sounds like an old bar fly and not AT ALL like Stephanie! Book is GREAT narrator, not so much
I loved reading all of the Stephanie Plumb novels and was looking forward to the audio version, but was disappointed in the narrator. Her portrayal of Stephanie was rather asexual instead of the babe that Stephanie definitely is, and her attempts to portray the men sounded like, well, a woman trying to sound like a man. Most narrators are able to pull this off more convincingly. This version distracted me from the story, at least as I had imagined it.