Janet Evanovich is a master of her genre. As usual she writes an upbeat story with characters who are familiar but who always provide unexpected twists and surprises. I find the Stephanie Plum series is the best of Evanovich's writing, and I look forward to what she can do to the number 14.
I have read a number of Janet Evanovich books so the characters are starting to get a bit old for me. I did enjoy Ranger especially in this one. The narration was very good. It is a light, fun mystery. If you like this, check out Tilt a Whirl by Chris Grabenstein.
The description of "Blackie" and what happened afterwards made my husband hand me the phone and told me to call the "loony bin." Believe it or not, I can relate and picture the characters. If I have any say so, "Steph, go for Ranger, YO, Babe," "Cupcake," ain't doin' nothin' for me...Thanks Janet for the laughter that I can share with my buds (in the middle of the night).
Ranger or Joe? I'm not sure we want Stephanie to choose. Like the other 12 books, this one's fast and fun. Every summer, I wait for Janet's new installment. Hope it never ends.
Having created my own voices for the characters in this series after 12 books, my expectations may have been too high for any reader to achieve. Though a credible job I was disappointed with Morelli and Ranger. I felt the reader lost the characters at times. Lula and Connie were on target for me and Stephanie was OK, Grandma was better than average. As for the storyline, I think Evanovich has gotten back on track after some disappointing episodes in the series. The interview at the end was a bonus and provided some insight into evolution of the series. How long can Stephanie walk the tightrope between Morelli & Ranger without becoming slutty? Being Italian and surrounded by the men in the family, I can't imagine Morelli standing by much longer before leaving Stephanie. Cute and ditsy gets pretty old after awhile.
This is the janet evanovich that I have been hooked on for years. Stephanie Plum is at her best and in true form. I can never get enough of Ranger, joe and Lula! My husband and I listened to this book while traveling 5 hours to visit our family and we laughed out loud. Every year I wait for a new Stephanie Plum novel and it is always worth the wait. Thanks Janet and love to Stephanie, too.
I laughed so hard I almost drove my car off the road. This was by far the funniest Plum book yet! Maybe I need to have an exploding beaver at my next party!
This is one of my favorite audiobooks ever! I've read (and loved!) all the Stephanie Plum novels, but this is the first one I've tried listening to. This narrator does a great job with all the different voices and the pacing. The book works great as an audiobook -it's light and easy to follow and really had me looking forward to my daily walks! The only problem is the funny looks I get when I laugh out loud walking down the street! I loved it!
After waiting a year for another dose of Stephanie Plum, I unplugged my MP3 Player and felt disappointed and vexed. Thirteen was only OK and lacked the usual spice and LOL (laugh-out-loud) qualities that Janet’s other books seem to have. Ranger didn't seem nearly as unattainable nor dangerous (two of his best qualities) and the *heat* that usually seems to sizzle just under the surface, didn't even seem to get the temp to lukewarm this time around. Stephanie's life seems to be getting a little more sedate, it almost seems she should just let got of the Ranger wanderlust, marry Joe, and have babies. JMHO.