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Pros and Cons: A Short Story | [Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg]

Pros and Cons: A Short Story

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg have teamed up for a dynamic new series featuring an FBI agent who’s on the hunt - and a master con artist who’s enjoying the chase. The con is on in this audiobook short story that’s a triumphant prequel to The Heist.

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. And third, what’s going to happen once O’Hare finally gets her hands on Fox? It’s going take a pro to catch a con before the fireworks over Lake Michigan go off.

©2013 Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 07-25-13
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "mmmmm the voice of the narrator"

    liked the story but i'm still not sure i like the narrator. he reminds me of the konrath books to much. but i loved the story and it's full of character building. so it's a keeper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 07-15-13
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 07-15-13
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    Where does Pros and Cons: A Short Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the best but it's not the worst.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I hated him. He made the female character sound whiny and pathetic. His female voices are really lacking.


    Who was the most memorable character of Pros and Cons: A Short Story and why?

    Obviously it was Nick. He was the most mysterious and most interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cool Higley, AZ, United States 07-10-13
    Cool Higley, AZ, United States 07-10-13

    Idle Hands ... are never a good thing!

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    "Good Read - But not as good as Janet's other books"

    I love Scott Bricks voice. I go through all the samples just to hear him speak! lol Yes .. I am weird and a tad bit crazy - and these are the exact kind of books I like to read too! Pros and Cons - a Short Story was exactly that. A Short Story - so why all the sad faces and lesser than decent reviews kids? Anyway, this was a fun-ny story. Yes .. we all need to now go buy "The Heist'. But you can't blame anyone for smart marketing. Scott Brick made this listen all that much more awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen D. Phillips, MD Ogden, UT United States 05-31-13
    Karen D. Phillips, MD Ogden, UT United States 05-31-13
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    "I can't wait for the whole book!"

    Great teaser! These characters have such great potential and I hope this turns into a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    harold wilson 08-11-14
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    Would you listen to Pros and Cons: A Short Story again? Why?

    No reader was monatone she had no changes or exclamations in her voice


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was very good


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    The narrator of the Stephany Plum Books


    Who was the most memorable character of Pros and Cons: A Short Story and why?

    Nick he spent money to get more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-10-14
    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Too short and very predictable."

    Might have liked this one better if I had listened to prior to the other full books in this series. Story was too predictable and not all that interesting.

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    Jennifer L. Cook East Texas 07-01-14
    Jennifer L. Cook East Texas 07-01-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Not her Best but a Quick fix in between"
    What did you like best about Pros and Cons: A Short Story? What did you like least?

    It was short, not JE best work


    Would you recommend Pros and Cons: A Short Story to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are just looking for a fix until her next book and don't have much time, then yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was funny. Things were thrown together quickly to make it a short story


    Was Pros and Cons: A Short Story worth the listening time?

    If you have nothing better to listen to


    Any additional comments?

    It's on ok fill in

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    Diane Todd Longview, TX USA 03-27-14
    Diane Todd Longview, TX USA 03-27-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Expected not to like it but..."
    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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    Jennifer Michigan, USA 01-31-14
    Jennifer Michigan, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2011

    You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

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    "Too short to be great"
    What did you like best about Pros and Cons: A Short Story? What did you like least?

    BEST: I liked the characters. The authors did a great job giving you a feel for the personalities in such a short story.
    LEAST: There just wasn't enough meat for it to be good. It was kinda like a trailer for a movie, where you just can't settle down into it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg ? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! I love Janet Evanovich. Her Stephanie Plum series is one of my favorite series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end. No spoilers... that is all you get :)


    Do you think Pros and Cons: A Short Story needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, and I do believer there is one. The Heist, which is on my wishlist.


    Any additional comments?

    I read it as a precursor to The Heist. I am not sure if that was necessary, but I will be reading The Heist to get a bit more.

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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-04-14
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2010

    Looking for something that works!

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    "Excellent prologue to The Heist!"
    If you could sum up Pros and Cons: A Short Story in three words, what would they be?

    Woo hoo, Nick!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was an excellent prologue to The Heist, a full-length story with the same characters. I wish it had been listed as such on Audible.com. I listened to The Heist first. But it was okay to hear them in opposite order.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    For a man, Scott Brick is not a bad reader! He has a good voice for this sort of stuff! Adds more interest to the characters!


    Who was the most memorable character of Pros and Cons: A Short Story and why?

    Kate, the main character, is easily related to by anyone. Though she has a very specialized job, she also can be clumsy, messy, and has self-image issues...just like us! So the listener can relate when she falls over her own two feet, but also rejoice when her intuition is right on the money!


    Any additional comments?

    In a short amount of time, the listener gets a good idea of the main character and her "nemesis" and what each wants out of life. The story is interesting and exciting and ends just the way you would want it to (though not the way the main character seems to want it to end).

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