See, now, I don't agree that the series is getting tired, because there is alway so much character humor. I listen to the Plum series when I am exercising, it is a fun, light listening/read. I don't expect War and Peace, I expect laughter, and Evanovich never ceases to amuse me with the funny characters and their antics. I can relate to the potato canon, my son built one and I almost died laughing when he set it off and the potato probably landed on the neighboring college campus, that sucker went as high as the eye could see. What can I say, I love slapstick, even real life slapstick. I guess I simply love to laugh. I just wish her books were longer: more words, more laughs. Come on, her Jersey jokes are a hoot. And, admit it,you all want to picture Lula squeezed into a spandex wedding gown, you just know she is going to need a shoe horn to get into her dress when and if she gets married!
I just love this series, but something's got to change. It's more of the same and it's not fresh anymore. If I hadn't been trapped in a car on a 12 hour road trip, I probably wouldn't have listened to the whole book.
I too have read or listened to all 14 Stephanie Plum sagas and enjoyed each and every one. yes, all the characters are back and a few more. I just haven't found this one to be the laugh out loud funny as some in the past. Rated, good not great.
Lorelei King is a fantastic reader- I'd listen to anything she did. Her voices for these characters are wonderful.
However, the story itself was not strong. If you read Evanovich for the over-the-top funny, there was plenty of that here. But the mystery was weak. We were over two hours into a 6 1/2 hour book before it was even clear what the main mystery was. The side plot with Brenda seemed more like filler and distraction than anything.
This was enjoyable to listen to, but not the author's best offering.
I love to read and hope you do too! Audio books are great for people on the go!
I'm not sure what everyone else found so entertaining in this book. I have read every Stephanie Plum mystery (not the "Plum" books) and this was by far the worst. Absolutely nothing happens, and Evanovich just keeps recycling old cliches. The subplot between Lula and Tank was pathetic, not funny. It may be time for Stephanie to hang up her stun gun and marry Joe.
I really enjoyed the earlier Stephanie Plum books both in audio & print form, but Evanovich seems to've totally phoned this one in...& phoned it in poorly. The first 8 or so chapters are beyond dull; nothing happens, we get repeated, extended descriptions of Bob the dog tinkling & eating, Stephanie eating comfort food, Stephanie driving around Jersey endlessly, tons of Lula finding things to complain about (more on her in a moment). It's mundane crud, and even the introduction of an aging country music star with massive "quirks," which I assume was supposed to add spice & humor to the book, just provided another series of thuds.
The characters have become caricatures of themselves, or worse. All the usual suspects are here: Stephanie somehow continues to be a clueless bounty hunter --after 13 books of doing it, you'd figure she'd learn something-- yet at the same time she makes occasional near-Sherlockian leaps & bounces between a terrified & queasy newbie & a weary pro. She's just not authentic at all. And the outrageous and creative situations she used to get into are in the past, with nothing particularly inventive happening in the whole book.
Ranger, the sexy, near-ninja mystery man, has ended up in the truly unfortunate position of being uxorious toward Stephanie without actually having any kind of relationship with her --the most he gets is an occasional pat on the hand, maybe, but he acts like her lap dog anyway.
Joe Morelli has turned into a cardboard generic "cop" who adores Stephanie. Period. Yawn.
Lula gets the shortest stick in a veritable pile of match-sized kindling, though: whereas she used to be funny, quirky, and a unique character who (tho a former ho) had a considerable helping of...well, innocence or naivete may not describe it, but a rather charming sort of clueless unsophistication that made her endearing despite her volatile nature. Now Lula just seems dumb and downright mean, and her campaign against Tank verges on creepy....she's a worse stalker than the guy who's supposedly stalks the country singer, who just seems to be a harmless dweeb.
All in all, if this is the turn that the Stephanie Plum books take from now on in the series, I'm done with her. I suppose I should be happy that there were a dozen or so good ones, but it's annoying to have an author get so lazy & sure of their audience that they churn out garbage & hope nobody notices, or that their fans will be grateful for garbage if it's THEIR garbage, or however Evanovich excuses this tripe (other than the "laughing all the way to the bank" excuse). I do know that most authors get a certain number of fans who're so rabid that they will gobble up anything that author deigns to produce & they'll gush & fawn over it, no matter how wretched the dreck is (Laurell K Hamilton springs to mind as a particularly egregious example of dreck with rabid fans). I'd hope most people are more discerning & don't so enthusiastically reward lousy, lazy writing. I certainly won't. I may reread the old books, but am going to require proof of quality before throwing my hard-earned money in Evanovich's direction.
Lorelei King does what she can with this turkey, but not even her skillful reading can save it. It also seems as if the director has to pad the audiobook to get it near the requisite length; the pauses between chapters are the longest I've heard on any audiobook....I kept thinking my ipod batteries had died. I don't know how many pages the book was...however many it was, it was a waste of trees.
I was glad Janet Evanovich brought one of the previous characters back. It was like meeting old nutty friend again. Lula's voice by Lorelei King is another reason to listen to this book, especially at the end of long winter day.
awsome, pls read
yes could not wait to see what step and lulu could do next.
she is the best i wish she could read them all i love that each charcter has thier own soul..
can not wait for the next book
I always laugh so hard when I'm listening to Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels that my cats and dog think I have lost my mind. While I may have, it wasn't because of this novel. I just love all the characters and their quirks although I must admit I'm a little tired of Grandma Masur and her funeral home antics. That aside, this is an amusing addition to the Stephanie Plum library and fan will enjoy listening.
I haven't read a Stephanie Plum book that I didn't enjoy. Lorelei King is the perfect reader. What's not to love?