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Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel | [Janet Evanovich]

Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
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Publisher's Summary

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photo: Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist, Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately, the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.

Over at the bail bonds agency, things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii.

Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is... it’s complicated.

Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.

©2011 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    HappyMom United States 11-23-11
    HappyMom United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"

    Spoiler Alert!

    After having given up on the series several books ago, I was persuaded to read #17 and thought that maybe things were back on track. Explosive Eighteen was a massive disappointment. After teasing the reader (for ages!) with hints about what happened in Hawaii, we get a brief (and unsatisfying) few lines to explain why the stagnant love triangle is still in place and then it's on to the rest of the convoluted storyline that seemed to drag on forever. In the past, even when I've been frustrated by the refusal to choose between Ranger & Joe, I've been able to appreciate the screwball comedy. This book lacked the laugh-out-loud moments that, for me, partially redeemed a few of the books beyond #9. In 18, I spent a lot of time feeling like I was waiting for a punchline that never arrived. Worse, still, is the fact that Joe & Ranger have been reduced to shadows of their former selves and neither one bears much resemblance to the alpha-types I knew and loved. They just seemed worn out and as tired of dealing with Stephanie as I am. I cannot for the life of me figure out what either man is supposed to find so irresistible about Stephanie that they would be willing to settle for whatever crumbs she's willing to give them. Even without being able to blame a "curse," Stephanie is still casually sleeping with both of them, willing to commit to neither of them and they just jump in and rescue her incompetent self over and over again. (IMO) It's not charming, it's not cute, it's not endearing and I spent most of the book being bored by the litany of junk food she consumes and wondering why she was so stupid that she allowed the same guy to steal her car over and over again.

    Without totally giving away the ending, I will say that I thought it was a lame attempt to persuade readers that an actual choice might be in the making. I have made peace with the fact that as long as the books are selling, no choice will be made and the characters will continue to devolve until they just make an occasional appearance to yank her out of burning buildings with a "Babe!" or "Cupcake!" and not much else.

    I don't think anyone expects literary genius from these books, but I sincerely miss the comedic spark, the genuinely funny situations, and the depth/heart that was present in the early books and lost along the way.

    70 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Midlothian, IL, United States 12-19-11
    Victoria Midlothian, IL, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Boiler Plate"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Boring and trite ... the reader was awesome as usual, the material was not worth the effort ... definitely disappointed as Evanovich is usually either exciting and/or funny ...


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    nothing new ... rehashing old stuff ... nothing exciting or fun ...


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great accents for the different characters ... definitely KNOW where they're from ...


    Could you see Explosive Eighteen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 12-18-11
    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2008

    bella jackson

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    "Enough Already"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would actually recommend the 15th in the series. First one I read and I almost wet my pants I was laughing so hard. I have purchased alot of her books hoping for a bit of a different twist but they are always the same. Wont buy anymore but I do love granny!


    If you’ve listened to books by Janet Evanovich before, how does this one compare?

    More of the same.


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

    Yes, Lorelei King is a terrific narrator- captures tones of books she reads. She is very good at the Evanovich ones.


    Do you think Explosive Eighteen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, not unless Stephanie makes up her mind about Moreley or Ranger- this triangle has gone on too long- OR introduce another guy that sweeps her off her feet.


    Any additional comments?

    Obviously she is a very popular author and if people want to read the same story over and over I say Go For it!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Yonkers, NY, United States 11-26-11
    Amazon Customer Yonkers, NY, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2009

    Yonkers, NY

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    "Don't do it."

    Please don't waist your money or your credit on Explosive Eighteen.
    The cliff hanger and tickler gave me great hope for this installment; however, who ever wrote this book, did not know about the cliff-hnager.
    What happened in Hawaii took maybe 5 sentences.

    Explosive Eighteen closes the casket on Stephine Plum in such a way that evey Grandma Mazur wouldn't care to look.

    So sorry to see the death of this series.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Lore Celina, TX, United States 12-19-11
    Lore Celina, TX, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Disappointed"

    I LOVE Janet Evanovich books and especially Stephanie Plum but Explosive 18 seemed to lack focus and the normal humor. Disappointing.
    To be fair Lorelei King is great as always

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Reno 12-21-11
    Reno 12-21-11 Member Since 2004

    LEE

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    "Still Stephanie!"
    What did you love best about Explosive Eighteen?

    I love all the Stephanie Plum books. The earlier ones were better, but once a fan, always a fan. Lula, Ranger, Grandma Mazur, Stephanie, Connie, they're all there and Lorelei King does an ever amazing job. If I were to read these books, I would hear her interpretation of the characters and be forever happy about that. She has amazing range for her characterizations. If I weren't such an avid fan, I don't know that I would give it four stars overall. So if you are a fan, enjoy. BTW, you can not start here if you have never read Stephanie Plum book. You HAVE to start at number one and work your way up.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Brandon, FL, United States 01-02-12
    Barbara Brandon, FL, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun Listen"
    Where does Explosive Eighteen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was light, breezy, and fun to listen to.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lorelei King is excellent. Her voices add so much to the story! This is one of those books that are even better in audiobook form.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shan United States 12-12-11
    Shan United States 12-12-11
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    "Another well done Stephanie Plum novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Explosive Eighteen to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I really enjoyed the audio presentation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephanie Plum and all her cohorts are always a kick!


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    All!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    leah San Pablo, CA, United States 11-23-11
    leah San Pablo, CA, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "better than the last few..."

    I love this series...I started reading it 20+ yrs ago....and some have been better than others...what irks me is that the books seem to be getting shorter and shorter....all in all a good laugh with the characters we've come to love...

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    S MENARD, TX, United States 02-03-12
    S MENARD, TX, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2004
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    "What's going on with Stephanie??"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Explosive Eighteen to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print. I love Lorelei King's portrayals of the characters, so I always just listen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not too excited about it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stephanie and Lula taking down the big guy.


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

    No, I needed a little time to process some of the information.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes funny, sometimes interesting, but I am getting tired of

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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