Meet Alexandra Barnaby, a brown-belt insurance clerk from Baltimore who is Evanovich's newest sleuth. Other wacky characters include Alex's missing brother, Wild Bill; a schnauzer addicted to spice cookies; an exiled Cuban warlord; thugs with slicked back hair dressed all in black in the sweltering Florida sun; a NASCAR driver; and Felicia, a gun-toting, cigar-rolling Cuban refugee who shoots villains and then worries about the luminosity of her skin. C.J. Critt's narration adds the spice to these quirky characters, making them unforgettable and paving the way for a new series. Her inflections add sizzle to the romance and groans to the silly quips.
"Wild" Bill Barnaby's dropped off the face of the earth and big sister Alex heads for Miami, Bill's last known sighting, on a harrowing hunt to save her brother...and maybe the world. Truth is, Alex has been bailing her brother out of trouble since they were kids. Not that Bill's a bad sort. More that he acts first and thinks later. Unfortunately, this time around, Wild Bill will be Dead Bill if Alex doesn't find him in time.
Alex blasts through the bars of South Beach and points her search to Key West and Cuba, laying waste to Miami hit men, dodging Palmetto bugs big enough to eat her alive, and putting the pedal to the metal with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker.
Engaged in a deadly race, Wild Bill has "borrowed" Hooker's sixty-five foot Hatteras and sailed off into the sunset...just when Hooker has plans for the boat. Hooker figures he'll attach himself to Alex and maybe run into Bill. Maybe Hooker can salvage what's left of his vacation. And maybe Hooker'll get lucky in love with Bill's sweetie-pie sister. After all, Hooker is NASCAR Guy. And NASCAR Guy is good at revving a woman's engine.
The race to the finish is hot and hard, taking Alex and Hooker into international waters, exposing a plot to grab Cuban gold and a sinister relic of the Cuban missile crises. Creative cussing and sexual innuendo included.
©2004 Janet Evanovich; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
OK, I'm pretty used to Evanovich's other novels (?), (the non- 'other' being the Stephanie Plum type), and this one is not worse nor better than the others. Even if I don't understand the title (although Barney does state several times that she's from Baltimorewhich is a metro area), the premise is typical Evanovich. However...the reader! I keep trying to hear my own head-reading and it's nothing like what my ears are hearing. Sorry, but she should never read a man part; nor a Spanish-Cuban part. She's very distracting. So distracting that I can't even remember her name, which was, I think, mentioned at the start of the book. It should remain unmemorable -- except for remembering not to read her books again.
Although she introduces us to new characters, there is not a big difference to her other characters. But I liked it just the same although it wasn't as funny as Stephanie Plum but an easy listen and it did keep you interested enough to put the next CD in...if you like Janet Evanoviches other characters you'll enjoy this one I sure did.
While the names were changed the characters and plot were not. Metro Girl is really just a location and name change for Stephanie Plum. For those that enjoy that series they will enjoy Metro Girl. NASCAR Guy was a little unbelieveable, and I kept looking for LuLu to show up somewhere. Fairly fun light humor. Okay for the commute to work listen.
I like Evanovich and might have liked this book a lot more in print than audio. Great literature it isn't, but her novels are fun and light, usually providing a few hours of entertainment. I listened to this reader mispronounce geographic names, and semi-tolerated her dramatization of the hero, transforming him from Texan charmer to half-wit redneck. But Critt's main sin was making what should have been a fast-paced book proceed with such deadly sloth I could have been listening to English instruction for non-speakers. Next time get rid of Critt!!! Lorelei is a little cloying, but at least she moves the story along. Better yet, see if Jean Smart is available.
Why they picked a 60+ year old librarian to narrate a 30 year old baltimore hotty, I will never understand. It sounds like she is narrating for children's story time at the local library. And THEN she tried to do men's voices with accents! The narrator totally ruined the book.
I would have given it more like 3 stars, if they had a better narrator.
If the character is supposed to be 30, why would you cast someone clearly twice that age to read it? And, every single word is said as though they were in caps.
Also, I've read enough Janet Evonovich to know this cannot be her writing. I can't imagine her writing this badly unless she just cranked it out in a week and never went back to fix it.
I'm only worried now that when I die, someone will see this in my library
GOOD CLEAN FUN
Judie, great character with a quick humor.
Keeps the pace up so you don't want to stop listening. Good reader.
I like most of Janet's books and I also like to listen to C. J. Critt.
When Barney meets her friend Jude from school
I just like the way she reads the book and how she plays the different charters
This is a book that my daughter and I can not put down! C.J. Critt does a fabulous read as well. Excellent all around I there is not enough good things to say about it! I love the cast of characters and the flow of the story line and when you add C.J. Critt's voice to the mix this becomes a true essential to my Library. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have.
The big question on your mind is ...okay after this is nuttyness...will be what can happen next and how will they get out of this mess!
There is a sequel so yes the you can read more about the people you fall in love with!
Barnaby and Hooker come to life! You will forget right away that there is only one person reading the book.
Over and over again yes!
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