I LOVE Stephanie Plum. I have read, and loved, the entire series. I took advantage of the $4.95 offer for this audiobook but, my word, SO NOT worth it! Not even worth a measly $4.95! If you want to start the Stephanie Plum series, I would recommend doing so by reading the first several books. I am not a big fan of Lorelei King as a reader, either (the narrator for books 6 through 18), but she is at least bearable. If you want a review of the actual plotline, there are other reviews that cover that. My review is strictly for the audio performance. And here is why it is a huge shame that CJ Critt was commissioned to narrate the first books in the series:
1. CJ Critt's voice is too old. I would put her "voice age" at around 50. Stephanie is 30 years old in this book.
2. CJ Critt's voice is a smoker's voice...very raspy, as though she has emphysema. Stephanie is not a smoker.
3. CJ Critt takes a DEEP breath before every sentence. It literally makes *me* feel asthmatic listening to it.
4. CJ Critt takes a 2-second too long pause between sentences. The overall effect is unsettling.
I know that the focus of this review is very narrator-centric but I just wanted to warn you to maybe reconsider this purchase. Listening to One for the Money (and I eventually gave up listening) was a very unpleasant experience.
Really good, I'm fairly easy to please though
The car bombing
Right on par
She'll get her man or die trying
I tend not to listen to books more then once.
Stephanie is the BEST!
Great voice and easy to listen to.
I laughed many times.
I live Janet E. but C. J. Critt sounds like she has a breathing problem. I had to stop listening. Before each phrase she paused and took a deep sucking-sound breath and I found that was what I focused on instead of the story. At least that's what it sounded like on an iPhone. I only paid $4.95 for it so maybe that's why it was so different than all the dozens of boOks I've listened to before. I'll just read this one in print!
Stephanie is a great character but it was fun to go back and remember how she and Morelli met.
The reader for hunger games was just great.
Yes, fun story, good character development, good mix of seriousness and humor.
Stephanie Plum, Her humor and the way she approaches things. She is a no hold barred type of lovable badass.
This is my first and CJ does it well. You can definitely tell the different characters she is portraying.
Yes but I couldn't due to my schedule.
LOVED this book. I have listened to several of the Stephanie Plum "in-between" books, and found them very enjoyable - so I decided to start at the beginning. The "mystery" part of the story kept me guessing and Stephanie's antics had me laughing out loud on several occasions! Can't wait to listen to the next one - Two for hte Dough!
An avid audible book listener!
I had the read the book before and ended up never finishing this audio book. It's just not the same without Lorelei!
Really could not get into her rendition of the characters!
Fortunately, the move was pretty good. There were differences from the book, but that goes with the territory!
Yes, it was fresh and new compared to my other listens. Can't wait to see the movie!!
Great story, full of fun and excitement. Already finished the 2nd ( Every bit at good as the first) volume and will soon buy the 3rd.
Great voice and presence to each character. Loved her in both books.
I laughed out loud alot!
The main character is terrific. She's just your average person - no super powers, not perfect. You really get where she is coming from. The whole cast is funny and interesting. I absolutely loved the culture of Jersey she captured. Many laugh out loud moments. I continued with the series and they just keep getting better.