I bought this because some of the reviews said this book was better than the last couple. It isn't. It's the same thing over and over again. Loved the humor in the earlier books but it's just getting old. I listened to about an hour, then skipped to the last 5 minutes or so. That was enough for me. I won't be purchasing Eighteen (if there is one).
Lorelei King has been an excellent reader for the Stephanie Plum series . . . but, she was given such a weak book to read that it doesn't matter. The story is vacuous and the series has lost it's spark. This book, like the last few, is a feeble attempt to keep a series going that the author appears to have lost her enthusiasm to make a sincere effort. Evanovich needs to make a decision . . . make an effort to capture the essence of the earlier books of this series or end it. I was sure there was something wrong when the books was nearing it's end because it's so short.
I can't wait for the next book.....this series is a must read for those who love to laugh! The characters are hilarious...and the narrator reads with affect and personality! LOVE all of these Stephanie Plumb books!
Overall I liked this story. I found it a bit predictable as I was able to guess the killer pretty early on but it was still a good listen. Lorelei King does a good job narrating, especially Lula's part.
These characters are just too funny. I love Lula! She is just too funny. How these two 'bail bond women' get anything done is hard to believe but once you 'get into their lives' it all just makes sense. Stephanie's family is perfectly balanced, at once real and consistent with the culture the author has developed for them. Grandma Mazor is a trip. Along with Lula she's a true jewel in the series. And Stephanie's 'boyfriends' are interestingly similar and different. Both are likeable and one can imagine the two of them working together and separately to save and 'get' her.
Smokin' Seventeen was just a funny funny read no matter what the specifics of the plot. The Stephanie Plum books are consistently good. The plots are original albiet unbelievable but who cares? They are funny and they work!
I was a little disappointed in this book, it was like a half a book to me, something was missing though I cannot put my finger on it. I hope the next one is up to the author's normal standards.
Well we keep waiting for something to happen between Stephanie and Ranger. They finally hook up in this one... thanks to the "Bordo" (sp?)... ya gotta listen to it to figure that one out! It was predictable, but I love the humor and fun in Janet's books. Don't listen if you want deep and meaningful LOL! As always, there's lots of donuts and Cluck in a Bucket! I'm ready for #18!
Although I thought that this series was going downhill after listening to 16, however, number 17 in this series brings it back to the laugh out loud fun of the earlier books.
I love Janet Evanovich's characters and the story is secondary. People shouldn't complain about the story what do you expect this isn't meant to be serious. These are zany characters and they make me laugh out loud. Even when people are killed it's a light experience. There isn't much change in the books but they are entertaining.