Great story line and unfolding plot - fun, funny, easy listening - I think this is the best Stephanie Plum book in a long time. Her crazy relationships are pushed to new limits, her ability to find trouble is bigger and better than ever and overall - I found it to be a very delightful book.
I agree that a lot of these books sound the same. So I took a break for a while. But this one made me laugh out loud. Loved the dialogue and how Lorelei reads it. Seriously folks, if you want something light and easy to listen to that will make you laugh...this is it. If you need a deep mystery book...perhaps Patterson would be a better fit. Don't pick up an Evanovich book and expect anything other than fun, light hearted events told by a GREAT narrator. I loved it.
I just finished Smokin' Seventeen and just like books 12-16, a few chapters in, I wonder why I keep reading them. There is not much of a plot, the characters are now caricatures of themselves, there is no growth or change in the stories - the writing is weak and cliched. Yet if there was an 18th book out today, I would probably read it. I am not sure what that says about me, but my goodness, Ms. Evanovich does owe it to her very devoted fans to step it up and give us an actual story.
I love the stories and love the characters. I love Lorelei King and her ability to provide these characters a voice. I was a little disappointed in there being no kick off music. It gets me in gear for the story. I am still processing the sex scenes there just seamed to be more than normal, "go vordo". I will have to re-listen to it again. I always do. I recommend Janet's books to everyone for the laughs. They are aplenty. Vinny using the Mooners RV to serve as the bonds office was great. Cant wait for the next one. I am greedy. I want them all right now. Keep thinking and writing Janet.
THE GOOD: It wasn't as silly as her recent books and I actually chuckled while Stephanie tried to deal with the slut curse placed on her by Grandma Bella.
THE BAD: The story and characters were dull, drawn out, tired, and repetitive. Enough already.
THE UGLY: Wasted time and money...
Ok, I haven't listened to it yet, but 6 hours? Is someone phoning it in?
The last two books used gimmics from prior novels.
I'm hoping this one saves the series for me, if not I'm done with Ms. Evanovich.
Audio Book Junkie!
I always read the newest Janet Evanovich books. Smokin' Seventeen presents some new situations for Stephanie, but is very similar to the other books - but I always enjoy her outlook on life. When a book makes me laugh out loud - I will recommend it to everyone. I like the early books when they were narrated by C.J.Critt. She did a great job, so it was an adjustment to get used to Lorelei King. She does fine and is no reason not to enjoy Janet Evanovich on Audio.
Too much like the first 16. Nothing new or creative, just a rehash of the same old bumbling Stephanie with the same old Lula. No longer entertaining as you know either Morelli or Ranger is there to help. Characters have been worn out. Very disappointing as there was great potential when this series started.
The voice made Lula sound too stupid and not real. Same with Connie.
They're all the same except the bad guy and you can't cut him as he is the story this time.
Too predictable. It's like Evanovich has made a template and just plugs in new names.
I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!
This is basic Stefanie Plum formula: exploding car, Ranger vs. Morelli, Lula in spandex, Grandma Mazur going to viewings. Nothing new, nothing predictable. But, as always, it is good for several hours of mindless amusement. The narrator is fabulous - she has an amazing range of character voices. Sometimes I forgot it was only one person doing the reading.