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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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    Lorraine 12-19-11
    Lorraine 12-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "One of her best yet!"
    What did you love best about Explosive Eighteen?

    The story moves forward without getting stuck -- as she seemed to in 17.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The energy


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Lorelei captures the essence of each character so perfectly. She doesn't have to identify who is talking!


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

    Janet always makes me laugh out loud. It's so hard to control -- I'm always laughing out loud in inappropriate places.


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    Double Clear 12-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining as usual! Always a good laugh!"
    What made the experience of listening to Explosive Eighteen the most enjoyable?

    L. King is perfect as the narrator - wouldn't be Stephanie Plum without her! Awesome characters, hilarious story lines, just a great, entertaining book.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as great as 15, but a lot better than 17!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melodie Longmont, CO, United States 12-19-11
    Melodie Longmont, CO, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not her best."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if a friend is already a fan of the series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    Probably--but would hope she got back on track.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't remember any.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not for this book. .For the first, yes. After listening to this book, I went back and read the first book of the series. So much better.


    Any additional comments?

    The series is becoming too anecdotal and entirely too focused on crazy characters. The original books had eccentric characters but were more plot driven and Stephanie wasn't so lame. She was a better bounty hunter by the end of the first book than she is now..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melstamps 12-19-11
    Melstamps 12-19-11
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    "Not her best."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if a friend is already a fan of the series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    Probably--but would hope she got back on track.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't remember any.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not for this book. .For the first, yes. After listening to this book, I went back and read the first book of the series. So much better.


    Any additional comments?

    The series is becoming too anecdotal and entirely too focused on crazy characters. The original books had eccentric characters but were more plot driven and Stephanie wasn't so lame. She was a better bounty hunter by the end of the first book than she is now..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Consumer 12-19-11
    A. Consumer 12-19-11
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    "Same as most of the others."
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or Lorelei King?

    This is pretty much the same as the others. The only reason I listen to them now is the character of Ranger. All the others are just recycled. Ranger is the only one that holds any mystery. The plots are the same and Lula's one-dimensional character has become too dominant in the stories.


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    betteann 12-19-11
    betteann 12-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Another laugh out loud adventure with Stephanie"
    If you could sum up Explosive Eighteen in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious Sexy Escapism


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

    What happened between the books in Hawaii? I wanted to know from the first sentence.


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

    Lula - Always Lula


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

    Laugh laugh laugh, Cry? only from laughing..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Sparta, MO, United States 12-09-11
    Tara Sparta, MO, United States 12-09-11
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    "Horrible Narrator"
    What disappointed you about Explosive Eighteen?

    Janet Evanovish writes in a wonderfully humerous way. Her Stephanie Plum novels are meant to be read not heard. I always find myself laughing when I read her books. I made a mistake by purchasing this audiobook. This narrator is terrible. Her voice is flat and she absolutely does no justice to this book or the author.


    What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

    Her voice is flat and not pleasant to listen to


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love the author and all of her books. I just didn't enjoy the audiobook. I was unable to listen past the first 10 minutes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Redford, MI, United States 12-06-11
    Nicole Redford, MI, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Stephanie Plum at her best? Nope, but still fun."

    No, this isn't the best book ever. It's pretty standard for the Stephanie Plum series...not a spectacular storyline, but there was enough action and humor to keep me listening. I really enjoy Lorelei King's narration of Stephanie and the other characters. I've read and/or listened to all the other books in the series, and this one wasn't one of my absolute favorites. Still, diving into a Stephanie Plum story always gets me laughing, and sometimes that's just what I need. If you're looking for a complicated, realistic story, look elsewhere. If you're just looking for a good time, give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-05-11
    Vanessa Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty standard Janet Evanovich"

    It was a pretty standard Stephanie Plum novel, not the funniest, not the worst. Still love Lorelei King as narrator - she captures the madness that is Stephanie Plum. This is a book about the girls in the series so if you are looking for Ranger or Joe, they only make bit appearances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    que 12-04-11
    que 12-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW!!"
    Would you listen to Explosive Eighteen again? Why?

    Yes! And 2 more times after!! This one is up there with the first 4 books of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephanie!! I'm so happy that J.E. finally gave her some back bone about men! Happy that Joe and Ranger have shown what they have wanted to do to each other. When she lost her car multiple times to the same FTA. :-) Oh, the F.B.I parking lot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she thought about the Hawaii episode


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

    Yes and Laughed


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming. I like the fact that Joe, Ranger and Stephanie had battle bruises before the middle of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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