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...
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.
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 love the humor in the Stephanie Plum series. Lula has to be one of the funniest characters Evanovich has written. But this book was definitely a re-hash of the same situations. I do expect Plum to trash cars, get covered in garbage, eat boxes of donuts and cake. But this book felt stale, short and without a significant plot. Even though the story was super short, I felt it dragged on! Like a previous reviewer, I knew the murderer early on as well. The vordo and the sex was funny, but also dragged on. Lorelai King is awesome, but I also felt cheated out of a credit. Will I "read" the next one? Yes. In the hope that Evanovich returns to her early "brilliance."
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.
There are more laugh-at-loud scenes protrayed in this latest edition than you would expect from an author this deep into series characters. While Janet Evanovich is in no need of strong reviews--her books break into the bestseller lists even before the release dates--she does deserve them.
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.
I'm not sure if the book was good or bad because I couldn't get past the horrible narration. The narrator has a nice enough voice but not for all the characters in the book.