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.
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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.
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.
CJ Critt brings all these characters to life. Living in Jersey, as I do, it's great fun to hear all her accents and attitudes so accurate. Love her work and listen to anything she narrates!