I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich, especially loving the Plum series, and although I like to actually read a book, my vision (or lack thereof) has made me rely on audio books. I have been having a difficult time finding the first six in the Plum series in an UNABRIDGED format, because as far as I am concerned, abridgment should be outlawed. Really, why not offer the Author the respect of reading every word written? This is not Audible's fault, they can only offer what is there to offer and when an unabridged version of audio becomes available Audible is very good at making sure we have access to it. So, when I found that they were offering the 4th book in the Plum series in an unabridged format I was so excited I bought and downloaded immediately.
I have become accustomed (even spoiled) to the EXCELLENT reading of Lorelei King and was dismayed with the HORRIBLE reading of CJ Critt, which unfortunately dropped a book that would have received at least a 4 star rating down to 2 stars.
Nothing against Audible or against Janet for the words she wrote. In this case, the lack of a good review falls solely on Critt!
CJ Critt is a very good reader for a very specific type of genre; comedy is not one of her gifts. The timing is off, and it just takes the life out of what would have been enjoyable. I have enjoyed the Patricia Cornwell audio books that she has read, but the style of which Janet writes requires far more versatility than Critt can give.
My Audio Book Wish: Get the whole Plum Series Unabridged and read by Lorelei King!!!
I really like the series. Really don't like the narrator. Her choices for character portrayal are terrible.
I was super excited when 2,3, and 4 came out in unabridged form, but was confused when Lorelei King wasn't the narrator. I listened to 2 and it was okay. Took some getting used to, but entertaining. The 3rd one was awful. I took a chance on this one and it was okay. It takes a little getting used to but between the entertaining story and better (than #3) narration by Critt, it turned out okay.
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 all the Plum novels. This was actually the first one I read and I was hooked and had to read them all. But I don't like this narrator as much as Lorelei King, who reads for most of Janet Evanovich's books.
I have listened to 100's of audio books, and Stephanie Plum books always have good twists and lots for REAL humor. I catch myself laughing while driving and listening to them.
Things kept coming up out of the blue, without any real connection. You were always curious.
I have said it before but have the same person reading the books in a seris is crutial to keeping the identy of the character.
LAUGH! I Love Lula and Sally!
If my house burned up, I would be very upset! That could have been kicked up a notch.
On the top of the list. I could not stop laughing
Sugar he was way too funny he made the book so funny.
I love has she changes her voice for each one. I love her ranger and Joe voices the best
Laughing so hard I was crying
Great book so far the best one and I'm to the nines now
Much like "Bubblegum Pop" music, the adventures of Stephanie Plum is easy entertainment for the mind and soul. Not an everyday listen, but when I stray back this way I always enjoy myself.