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Hard Eight | [Janet Evanovich]

Hard Eight

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, her mentor Ranger, and a host of other - ahem - interesting characters set out to find a missing 7-year-old girl. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds Agency, and the crew of one very scary man named Eddie Abruzzi. Did we mention there's also a killer rabbit on the loose? The world of Stephanie Plum has never been wilder!
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Publisher's Summary

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has a problem: 7-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, is not happy. He and Evelyn signed a child custody bond, and Steven wants the bond money to search for Annie. The money was secured by a mortgage on Evelyn's grandmother's house, and the True Blue Bonds Agency wants to take possession of it.

Finding a kidnapped child is not Stephanie's thing. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, and they're not about to see their neighbor lose her house because of the abduction.

Stephanie follows Annie and Evelyn's trail - and finds a lot more than she bargained for. Steven is somehow linked with the very scary Eddie Abruzzi. Trenton cop and on-again, off-again fiancé Joe Morelli, and Stephanie's mentor, Ranger, enter the scene, and because Stephanie needs Ranger's expertise, she accepts his help - even though it might mean paying some past debts.

Stephanie, Ranger, Lula, and Evelyn's lawyer/laundromat manager set out to find Annie. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds' agent, and the Abruzzi crew. And did we mention there's a killer rabbit on the loose?

This program is produced for mature audiences.

Don't forget to download the rest of the Stephanie Plum series.

©2002 Evanovich Inc., (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"The things Evanovich does so well - family angst, sweet eroticism, stealth shopping, that stunning mix of terror and hilarity - are done better than ever here." (Booklist, Starred Review)
"Evanovich does it again, delivering an even more suspenseful and more outrageous turn with the unstoppable Stephanie." (Publishers Weekly)

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    kath_lovetoread 09-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved all but one thing..."
    Did Lorelei King do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Great narration and good job differentiating characters, but the voice of Ranger was so cheesy, it almost ruined the entire book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book overall. So funny at times that I laughed out loud. I just struggled so much to get past the voice of Ranger. Even though the author depicts him to be such a masculine and sexy man of mystery, the voice that Lorelie King gives him made me barely like him.

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    Paula Dee 02-06-14
    Paula Dee 02-06-14
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    "This is a fun series"
    What other book might you compare Hard Eight to and why?

    Although the formula for Stephanie Plum's adventures can tend to be a bit pat and predictable, it is a formula that works and delivers. It's light entertainment balanced by just enough danger and each book has it's own unique twist. Evanovich's characters are both realistic and amusing. In this volume, the treat is that the sexual tension with Ranger reaches a peak.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Lorelei King delivers the best performance of all the readers involved with this series. At first I was bothered that neither Stephanie nor Joe have a New Jersey accent but the flow is excellent. King's delivery of Lula is priceless.


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

    A book like this is great company on a long drive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Rossville, GA, United States 05-18-13
    Travis Rossville, GA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2013

    College Student that loves to listen to audio books!!!

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    "Better Story than Seven Up!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Eight to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I love to listen to Lorelei King narrate. She is so much fun and brings all the characters to life!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Grandma Mazor and Lula and the mother of Stephanie Plum! They all three just crack me up!! ... and of course Stephanie!! :D


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

    Yes! I listened to Seven Up with her narration and it was just as awesome as this one... actually I think this one is a little better!!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lost and Found


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Y. Madison, MS, United States 03-14-13
    Y. Madison, MS, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    ""Hard""
    What did you love best about Hard Eight?

    I think that Stephanie finally was intimate with Ranger. In other books, I always wished for she and Ranger to get really hot and steamy!


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

    Typical Stephanie Plum ending, she wins in the end after all of her bumbling disasters and mishaps.


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

    I am definitely a Stephanie Plum (Lorelei King) fan so far. I have read listened to several of her books now and I love them. I don't like the narration of Critt but I love King. This time she made Ranger sounded more Spanish than I have heard in other books; which was ok. But I like the macho-Ranger!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Annie's grandmother fear of losing her home to the bad guys.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big Stephanie Plum fan and have ejoyed several of her audios read by King. This was good but not great! Too much blunders and weaknesses by Stephanie. I like the spunky Stephanie. Will continue with her books, love her~~~

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 10-03-12
    Farrell 10-03-12
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    "Great!"

    Another fun story in the series. Same formula as the earlier books but fun none the less.

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    holly cincinnati, ohio, United States 08-23-12
    holly cincinnati, ohio, United States 08-23-12
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    "Reader was Horrible"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This hard edged bounty hunter is read by a Connecticut College Ivy League girl. Like listening to Tiny Tim reading James Bond.


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    David 07-23-12
    David 07-23-12
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    "Classic Stephanie"

    Another great book by Janet E. The thing is, we like Stephanie. If you are looking for skin crawling creepyness or heart pounding terror and realism, go somewhere else. If you are looking for a good girl with a good heart trying to find her way in life, Stephanie Plum fills the bill. Lorelei King is a great reader, and brings Stephanie and her friends, foes, and family to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-04-12
    Karen 06-04-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Fantastic Narrator"

    I started this series with Lorelei King as narrator, so she is the voice of Stephanie for me. I was reading other reviews that liked CJ Critt better so I listened to a sample of the earlier books in the series. I thought CJ sounded like she was breathing very loudly between sentences (maybe it was the quality of the sample?) and Ranger sounded like a street thug. Lorelei makes Ranger sound sexier... like he's supposed to be. I guess it's just a matter of which narrator you get used to... but I would say don't write off Lorelei King because of other reviews...give her a chance. She's one of my favorites!

    ...and I love all the Janet Evanovich novels...even if they are predictable and have similar plots. They are still fun and make me laugh. Gotta love Lula!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen M. McGrady Peachtree City, GA United States 06-04-12
    Karen M. McGrady Peachtree City, GA United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Fantastic Narrator"

    I started this series with Lorelei King as narrator, so she is the voice of Stephanie for me. I was reading other reviews that liked CJ Critt better so I listened to a sample of the earlier books in the series. I thought CJ sounded like she was breathing very loudly between sentences (maybe it was the quality of the sample?) and Ranger sounded like a street thug. Lorelei makes Ranger sound sexier... like he's supposed to be. I guess it's just a matter of which narrator you get used to... but I would say don't write off Lorelei King because of other reviews...give her a chance. She's one of my favorites!

    ...and I love all the Janet Evanovich novels...even if they are predictable and have similar plots. They are still fun and make me laugh. Gotta love Lula!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 05-10-12
    Amazon Customer USA 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd

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    "ALWAYs LOTS of FUN!!!!!!!"

    Just can't ever seem to get enough of the "Plum" series! Each one leaves me scrambling for another & wishing I didn't always wet myself laughing!!!!!

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