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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Janet Evanovich' humor is timeless. Her attention to detail and character depiction are second to none! This is funny who-done-it that takes some hilarious turns, enjoy!
Yes, good story, great humor, nice pace.
CJ is a good reader. She puts that little extra in her work.
Yes and I did.
This is a fun book. Not overly violent, not overly graphic, I do hope that there will be more in this two book series.
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.
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.
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