Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum is back at it again...if you've enjoyed past Stephanie Plum books, you'll enjoy this one. If you are new to the series, you really need to listen to or read the first book; and frankly, I recommend reading it as opposed to listening as the reader isn't "the" Stephanie Plum we know and enjoy as portrayed by Lorelei King.
Lorelei King sets the standard by which any and all readers are to be judged. She breathes life into each of these characters and hands down is the best female reader out there. Period. Her timing and cadence are perfect. Her portrayal of each character is perfect. To have anyone else read these books would be terribly disappointing. (She also does extrememly well in Evanovich's "Full" series.) If you're seeking comedy and entertainment, you'll find it here.
You remember when Fonzie jumped the shark on Happy Days, and you knew the series had exhausted itself? This is the case here. There were jokes word-for-word from other books. The laughs were few. This entry has a very contrived plot with a poor effort to tie it all together in the end. Again Stephanie is bemoaning her life and job. I've heard this book before.
Let me say that the Plum series is one that I've loved dearly and have listened to the books 7 to current over and over and over when I need a laugh. I listen from 7 on because of the superior reading skills of Lorelei King. She's the voice of Stephanie, family and friends. CJ Critt fell terribly short. I wish they'd re-release the first 6 books with Lorelei King reading.
As bad as I hate to think that the Plum series is coming to an end, we all know it's time...I'm waiting for a wedding full of mayhem and hilarity which should be the inevitable conclusion to the series.
...in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. But Mrs. Evanovich does it MUCH better. Liliana Heart's attempts to create a romantic tension fall pitifully short and just left me depressed.
The way I can best describe my experience in listening to this story is "completely enthralled." I feel like a child listening to a fascinating story told by a master storyteller, and I'm so anxious to hear what's next. I can imagine each detail, I can feel the emotions, and I'm hanging on the edge of my seat! A great narrator and a great author keep you enthralled until the very end. And nothing is lacking here. It's going to be a very short 30 hours! :-) Wow!
This particular entry wasn't as enjoyable as previous ones to me. I can't tell you how hard it is to admit this as it's one of my favorite series. But there's that underlying sadness that doesn't seem to be getting any happier. The relationship with Eric was doomed from the beginning. It was never meant to be. It's down to Bill and Sam. And Sam seems to be the best choice for who and what Sookie is. I know it's all building to a climax, but it's just sad each of the last few books. I want to feel better when I read a book--not worse. Well, this was left really open-ended so we'll see about the next one.
As Rachel grows and matures and learns from her mistakes and successes, this book culminates many of the issues building until now. You'll see resolutions occur and new issues develop for the future. But most surprisingly, and yet again not, you'll see a relationship with Trent develop that begins with learning to trust one another. You'll see a side of Trent that hasn't been apparent until now and a compassion develop in Rachel for him and a new respect begin occur. The battles in this book are some of the most intense to date, and the emotions of the book are very infectious. And Rachel begins to accept who and what she is. No spoilers here. If you enjoy the series, you'll be enthralled by this installment.
...but I cannot finish because of the narrator. She sounds like a bucket of rusty nails. Her male voices sound weird and too dramatic. I wish I had not bought this audio and had instead bought the hard cover. I wasted good credits/money.
Always a wild ride with many unexpected curves. A very excellent listen--Ferrone is an awesome reader for this series! One message for Mr. Sandford. WRITE FASTER! :-) Just kidding--but truly can't wait for the next in the Virgil Flowers series later this summer.
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