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Motor Mouth | [Janet Evanovich]

Motor Mouth

It's the last race of the season, the wheels are smoking, and the temperature is rising at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Alexandra Barnaby is NASCAR-driver Sam Hooker's raceday spotter, his eye-in-the-sky, telling Hooker when to pass and when to let off the gas. From her vantage point high above the grandstand, she's also seeing goings-on in the infield that will change her life.
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Audible Editor Reviews

C.J. Critt gives a high-octane performance in this NASCAR-based mystery featuring Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby. The second in the series has Barney and her race-car-driving sweetie, Sam Hooker, dealing with cheating, murder, and the kidnapping of Hooker's Saint Bernard, Beans. Janet Evanovich's wisecracking dialogue is well served by Critt. She's comfortable with comic timing and never misses an opportunity to make Evanovich's outrageous characters larger than life. While Barney won't make fans forget Stephanie Plum, this light mystery set around the grease pits of the racing world, especially as delivered by Critt, is sure to please.

Publisher's Summary

It's the last race of the season, the wheels are smoking, and the temperature is rising at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Alexandra Barnaby is NASCAR-driver Sam Hooker's race-day spotter, his eye-in-the-sky, telling him when to pass and when to let off the gas.

From her vantage point high above the grandstand, she's also seeing goings-on in the infield that will change her life: events that will lead to a stolen racecar hauler, a kidnapped Saint Bernard, a bizarre murder, some restless nights under the covers with Sam, and a reunion with super cigar roller Rosa Florez and the queen of wholesale fruit, Felicia Ibarra.

From Miami, Florida, to Concord, North Carolina, and back to Miami, this is an action-packed, multi-car pileup of shady dealings, stolen technology, drive-thru windows, and destruction of personal property. It offers everything you always wanted to know about righteous indignation, stealing an 18-wheeler, stashing a dead body, and sex in the fast lane.

©2006 Evanovich, Inc.; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Sue Ryals FL 11-14-06
    Sue Ryals FL 11-14-06 Member Since 2001
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    "AWFUL"

    The narrator made the male characters sound like morons. They were but she made it worse. I ended up throwing it out after the first disc.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth PALM DESERT, CA, United States 10-11-06
    Ruth PALM DESERT, CA, United States 10-11-06
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    "Not exactly a Plum..."

    A long long series of events leading to a cute but usual ending. Seems the Evanovich books that are not part of the Stephanie Plum series are just carved out methodically and lack any real lustre. Have always been disappointed by books that aren't real Plums.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 12-07-06
    Roberta SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 12-07-06 Member Since 2006
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    "terrible narration"

    I like Evanovich's novels, and have liked other audio editions, but I found it impossible to listen to this one. The narrator used a painfully exaggerated cartoon-like voice for the NASCAR-driver hero, and a bland generic voice for the New Jersey auto mechanic heroine. I had to turn it off by the 2nd or 3rd chapter. A big disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ginny Piedmont, CA, USA 10-22-06
    Ginny Piedmont, CA, USA 10-22-06
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    "Just fine book"

    Not as good as original - sequel is too outrageous - but good for the 2 hour commute. Book is a tease - you are just waiting for the steam to hit between Sam Hooker and Barney - so you keep listening. Not the same as the Stephanie Plum series - but good nevertheless

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grace sunnyvale, CA, USA 05-05-07
    Grace sunnyvale, CA, USA 05-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "nothing new, boring"

    The story is not as funny as her other books. The characters keeps on finding corps but why they have to move them or hide them is beyond my understanding. At different points of story, I felt the story line is getting moronic and have no common sense. Not a very well written story and it seem to me the author is just filling words on white paper so there is a book to be published. Did not enjoy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Las Cruces, NM, USA 10-29-06
    Jennifer Las Cruces, NM, USA 10-29-06
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    "Not Worth the Money"

    This book is written in the form of slapstick comedy wihtout the wit of slapstick. The only good part of the book is C.J. Crit read it. Very disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 07-30-14
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good to follow Barney Barnaby again!"

    Good to know Barney Barnaby and Sam Hooker are going strong, along with Rosa and Felicia. I've listened to both books any times. Wish there were more in this series.

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    Tabitha Washington, DC, United States 09-11-12
    Tabitha Washington, DC, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun"

    Motor Mouth was good, just not as good as the first book in the Barnaby and Hooker series. It read (listened?) a lot like a Plum novel. The narrator isn't great at the men's voices and Hooker sounds dumber than I imagined. I liked him a lot more when I read the Metro Girl (first book in the series) paperback. The mystery was cute and the characters were fun. All in all a decent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 07-02-12
    Marie 07-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "More More More Hooker and Brandy to the Rescue"

    She's only written 2 in the Motor series and I so want her to write more about Hooker and Brandy. I laugh so hard about the mix ups, screw ups, and antics these two manage to get it to. And the way the people they encounter REACT to what happens? It's just Hysterical to say the least.

    From attempting the rescue of co-worker starts an adventure no one would believe but makes perfect sense when you listen to it.

    Caution if you listen to it in public, they're going to think your nuts for laughing out loud so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elsie Milpitas, CA, United States 03-28-10
    Elsie Milpitas, CA, United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Like one from the Stephanie Plum series"

    I love the Full Blast series, and not at all the Stephanie Plum series. This one is more like the Plum series. After 1.5 hours, I realized this is not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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