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Diane Todd

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  • Pros and Cons: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (316)

    FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s 20th-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed "King of Hostile Takeovers" is getting married, Kate is 85 percent - okay maybe 92 percent - sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox. Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year.

    JEAN says: "mmmmm the voice of the narrator"
    "Expected not to like it but..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Pros and Cons: A Short Story the most enjoyable?

    The story flows well, as one would expect from Janet Evanovich. Having read some Lee Goldberg in the past, I think the hardest parts of the story for me to listen to were parts I felt his influence in. Not that Goldberg is bad by any means; just not the Stephanie Plum flow I had expected.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After really getting into the story enough that it made sense, the plot was very appealing and did have a more sustenance than either writer generally brings alone. It was less predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    It took me the length of the short story to warm up to Scott Brick narrating Kate. I did enjoy his performance of Nick Fox and it came across making Nick sound like a polished, gentleman thief, which was quite fitting for the character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book did make me laugh aloud in places but mostly just had me speechlessly (as I suppose one should be while listening to a book) spellbound waiting to hear what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on some of the earlier reviews I read of all of the books in this series, I was afraid I wouldn't like it simply because for one thing, it wasn't a Stephanie Plum book or a Monk book, and secondly the narration has gotten some bad reviews. Kate and Stephanie are very different but Kate is equally as exciting as a main character and Nick only adds double for main character pizzazz. The narration is perfect for the characters once you get past the preconceived notions of who these characters are or who you might want them to be. While still a fan of their other books and series, these writers have come together for an excellent collaboration and new series that I am now pretty excited about. Admittedly Pros and Cons is a bit short to make all these observations from and I have already heard The Heist and loved it for all the reasons given and the characters are already growing leaps and bounds as I am three-fourths of the way through The Chase.

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