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
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.
It's not the best but it's not the worst.
I hated him. He made the female character sound whiny and pathetic. His female voices are really lacking.
Obviously it was Nick. He was the most mysterious and most interesting.
Idle Hands ... are never a good thing!
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.
My eternal best friend is my husband. I act my shoes size, not my age. I have a love for cartoons of all Disney/Pixar/DreamWorks/CN types. I faithfully serve in the Kid's Ministry at church. Hopelessly addicted to audio books with happy endings.
I read this while waiting for book 3. It is a VERY short story, and just gives you a little taste of what Kate used to deal with regarding Nick back in the day. If I hadn't read the other 2 in the Fox & O'Hare series I wouldn't have enjoyed this as much. I don't usually like narrators like Scott Brick, but I find myself enjoying his dry deep vocal tones narration of this book. Unrealistic outlaw gone good story. I love to hate Nick's targets, and Nick's ability to cover all bases during a con. Well done! *applause*.
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.
It was short, not JE best work
If you are just looking for a fix until her next book and don't have much time, then yes
It was funny. Things were thrown together quickly to make it a short story
If you have nothing better to listen to
It's on ok fill in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Absolutely! I love Janet Evanovich. Her Stephanie Plum series is one of my favorite series.
The end. No spoilers... that is all you get :)
Yes, and I do believer there is one. The Heist, which is on my wishlist.
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.
Looking for something that works!
Woo hoo, Nick!
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.
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!
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!
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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