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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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    Mary S. Murray Ruffin, NC USA 04-23-05
    Mary S. Murray Ruffin, NC USA 04-23-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Good Diversion"

    I started the Plum series with book 9, then got 10, then grabbed book 4 from the library for a road trip. I loved book 9, got a little aggravated with Stephanie's ineptness in book 10, but fell so much in the grove with book 4 that I had to go buy book 8. After listening to book 8 - I had to listen to book 9 & 10 again and fell in love with the whole series. I would get the others if they were presented on Audible books in the UNABRIDGED versions.

    Stephanie's ineptness threw me off the track at first because as a woman I'm an overachiever and have a hard time dealing with women that can't hold their own in their jobs. But once I relaxed out of that mind set, Stephanie became wonderful comic relief.

    After all the serious & deep books that I read, the Plum series are wonderful diversions. If you haven't read book 8 and like Ranger - then this one is a MUST read.

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    Craig Portland, OR, USA 08-02-04
    Craig Portland, OR, USA 08-02-04
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    "Some really fun characters but..."

    I'm used to detective novels being highly plot driven (like John Grisham)-- so it's kind of nice to read a detective novel that draws from the "women's" style of being more personality-driven (like Helen Fielding). I like both kinds of books.

    However, some of Evanovich's characters are much more believable than others making the book a big hit-and-miss.

    I think this is somewhat aggravated by Lorelei King's narration. She almost acts out the different characters and does a really great job with some but others are a bit of a stretch. (the characters are very diverse!)

    My other problem is that this book has a few too many characters for an audio book -- at least I have had trouble keeping track of them all.

    If you have a good memory for names, then you'll probably have no problem. But, if you're like me, it's easy to loose track.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Woodbridge, VA, USA 08-05-03
    William Woodbridge, VA, USA 08-05-03
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    "A fun listen"

    It is so refreshing to find an authoress that is not so serious that they lose reality. This book was funny , poignant, and yet moved at a quick pace. I am going back to check her older books. Stephanie is a doll.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sondra S. Mangan Tacoma, WA USA 03-01-03
    Sondra S. Mangan Tacoma, WA USA 03-01-03 Member Since 2002

    Sondra

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    "How did I miss the first seven?"

    What a fun book--laughed outloud at Stephanie eating Tastykakes. Time to get the rest in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 02-20-03
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 02-20-03 Member Since 2010

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    "Another Home Run!"

    Once again, Janet Evanovich manages to make me laugh out loud in traffic. The narrator is a new one for me, and she's absolutely terrific with terrific characterizations and voices. Don't Miss it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James B Boerne, TX, USA 02-27-03
    James B Boerne, TX, USA 02-27-03 Member Since 2002
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    "B Pulp Fiction"

    This book is a joke, a bad one at that. The author confuses dirty talking for sensuality and sillyness for humor. As for the cast of characters, I'll agree they are laughable. I'd discuss the plot more had I found one. If you want mystery and humor, try Sue Grafton. If you want mystery and sensuality, try Sandra Brown, Envy comes to mind.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    A Jill of All Trades Danbury, CT United States 10-08-03
    A Jill of All Trades Danbury, CT United States 10-08-03 Listener Since 2003

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    "Between good & great; not excellent"

    The reader is better, but still not the correct voice of Stephanie. Lorelei's attempts at male voices are very poor. Yet, the story itself is laugh-out-loud funny. Stephanie Plum rocks!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Marietta, NY, USA 09-12-03
    Cathy Marietta, NY, USA 09-12-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Enjoyed Hard Eight and new reader"

    Was glad to finally have an unbridged version to listen to. Main characters are always funny. It's nice to see her deal with new and current issues (child custody bonds, fad diets currently in vogue) I can't wait for the next books. At first it was hard to get used to this reader because I have been used to the Jersey accent of old, but it soon seems to sound right. She's the first to make Morelli and especially Ranger sound good. There's always some crazy, quirky little things that stand out in the books. My only criticism is that this author makes Stephanie kind of passive when it comes to the romances. Everything happens to her but she never initiates or seems to participate as a full partner. Always an enjoyable book to listen to.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rip van Winkle 09-06-03

    Sleep junkie

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    "Wonderful writing ruined by voice"

    I am totally in love with Janet Evanovich's writing. I love Stephanie Plum and Lula and Morelli and grandma and all the goofy characters. I love the stories and how they unfold. So you can imagine my anticipation when this volume was first available. Stephanie on my commute! Yippie! So it is with so much dismay that I have to say that I cannot listen to this book, although I have tried several times. The reader is very good at reading, and she does theatrical-sounding voices for the characters (a little much, but okay I guess). But the bottom line is that her natural voice simply does not sound like Stephanie Plum. It is too mature, too high-class, too lady-like. Stephanie is a working-class girl from Jersey. The right reader could have a ball with the dialog. I'm not suggesting going overboard with an accent or anything -- that would be annoying, too-- but the voice has to be believable when the book is first-person narration. And this just isn't. I am so disappointed. I so wanted Stephanie to keep me company on the way to work.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Austin, TX, USA 09-21-08
    Anna Austin, TX, USA 09-21-08
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    "Great Book!"

    typical evanovich...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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