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The Grand Finale | [Janet Evanovich]

The Grand Finale

Berry Knudson had a talent for disaster, but when she climbed a tree to rescue a kitten, she wasn't prepared for the scrumptious hunk undressing in a nearby window, or her dive downward that smashed Jake Sawyer's pizza and won his heart! But was there room in her chaotic schedule for a risk-taking inventor with dreams? She took classes, delivered pizzas, and cared for three eccentric old ladies she rescued from the train station. But Jake thrived on a challenge, and he could be very inventive.
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Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author comes a revised, repackaged novel sure to please her many fans. She writes "high speed comic mayhem" (Detroit Free Press); she's "a blast of fresh air" (Washington Post); "side-splitting funny" (Publishers Weekly) and "a winner" (Glamour). In other words, she's Janet Evanovich.

Berry Knudson had a talent for disaster, but when she climbed a tree to rescue a kitten, she wasn't prepared for the scrumptious hunk undressing in a nearby window, or her dive downward that smashed Jake Sawyer's pizza and won his heart! But was there room in her chaotic schedule for a risk-taking inventor with dreams? She took classes, delivered pizzas, and cared for three eccentric old ladies she rescued from the train station. But Jake thrived on a challenge, and he could be very inventive. Could he teach her there was time to make butterscotch pudding and let herself be loved?

©2009 Evanovich, Inc.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    E Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 04-26-09
    E Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 04-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "AUG! Enough already"

    I am amazed that I had the patience to finish the book...maybe just not the opportunity to go grab a different one for my player.
    The heroine is not likable and the hero simply not worth winning. There was a point where I just wanted it over with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 04-05-09
    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 04-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Save your money and time."

    The plot is predictable, but it could be a fluff listen if the reader were not so TERRIBLE. I still have two thirds of the book left, but she is so bad I will move onto something else.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly D Hall LANCASTER, CA, US 06-13-09
    Kimberly D Hall LANCASTER, CA, US 06-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Grand Finale"

    I was surprised this book was a total waste of time. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa LEXINGTON, SC, United States 03-22-12
    Melissa LEXINGTON, SC, United States 03-22-12

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    "Great Easy Read/Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grand Finale to be better than the print version?

    I love listening to CJ Critt, so I definetly think that the audio version is better than the print version. She is so talented, I even


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grand Finale?

    I love the roles of the old ladies. They made the book!


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    YES! I have listened to her do several of the Stephanie Plum series, so I was thrilled when I heard her on this book as well! She did fantastic! I am partial to how she does the Plum series because she has so many characters to do and does their voices so well!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 12-05-11
    Laura DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I love when C. J. Critt narrates"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is light, funny, and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The male characters are sexy, but are very respectful. And, just about everyone has a quirky, but funny, personality. No one is judgement. Everything is kept is a humorous manner.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is perfect for the location described by the book. She has distinctly different voices for the male and female characters....much more variation than the woman who reads some of the other books by the author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, that's is what I enjoyed about the book, and Janet Evanovich's other books. I can listen to them while I shop, clean house, and cook, and stay entertained, but can put them down and pick them back up and enjoy them just as much several days later.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have listened to just about all of Janet Evanovich's books and liked them so much that I wish a producer would turn them into a movie series.

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    Mary Beth Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-10-10
    Mary Beth Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-10-10
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    "Raving about "The Grand Finale""

    Loved it!

    The characters were so well described it was easy to visualize them down to their mannerisms.

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    Kerri Bothell, WA, United States 11-19-09
    Kerri Bothell, WA, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Not even going to finish it"

    I didn't think it was possible to write a book with NO plot whatsoever but here it is. AWFUL book, annoying characters, terrible dialog, stupid story. Even allowing for what it is, it's bad. Don't waste your credits like I did.

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    kalamazoo 11-04-09
    kalamazoo 11-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "worst book I've read thus far!"

    I was glad the book was short. I kept listening thinking that it was going to get better but it didn't. I thought my recording skipped or something but I was wrong! The ending was uneventful and left me with more questions than answers. Don't waste your money or time on this one! The narrator's voice was gruff - she did the elderly ladies well but not the younger characters. Definately not her kind of book!

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    Joie California 07-11-09
    Joie California 07-11-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Light Hearted and Fun"

    Janet's books always make me laugh and feel better even though the plot may not be earthshaking.

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