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One for the Money Audiobook

One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do?

If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man who took Stephanie’s virginity at age 16 and then wrote details on a bathroom wall. With pride and rent money on the line, Plum plunges headlong into her first case, one that pits her against ruthless adversaries - people who’d rather kill than lose.

The New York Times Book Review calls Stephanie Plum “a Jersey girl with Bette Middler’s mouth and Cher’s fashion sense.” In Stephanie Plum, Evanovich has created a resourceful and humorous character who stands apart from the pack of gritty female detectives.

Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.

©1994 Janet Evanovich (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

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    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-05-13
    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best series - read it, don't listen to it."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! What a strident, harsh voice she has. It is like nails on a chalkboard. Her narration ruins a perfectly wonderful story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One for the Money?

    When I read the book there were so many delightful and funny moments that had me literally laughing out loud. Her narration makes the story dull and uninteresting. I actually started and turned this off many times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator of the "Full" series did a great job of having distinct voices for each character - male or female, young or old, Southern or Northern accents - AND it was a pleasant voice to boot. The producers should have kept her for this Plum series.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I love the Stephanie Plum series and have read every one of them - several, many times - I will not waste my credits on any of these stories with this narrator. I recommend that if you are new to this series you READ the books and not spend your credits to listen to the flat renditions.

    This series was introduced to me by a patient. Imagine working in the neuro-surgical unit where people have just had brain or spinal surgeries and you hear frequent laughter emanating from a particular room. Naturally I HAD to go in and see what had this patient laughing! She had a pile of books on her bedside table. I had never heard of Janet Evanovich and I actually disliked the romance genre. But she sold me on these stories! Her good friend had insisted she take her stash of books to read during recovery. Suffice it to say, she needed the least amount of pain meds and I discovered an utterly delightful heroine who is a feminine Pink Panther - outlandish scrapes, exploding cars, a couple of hunks that come and go in her life, real nasties as she bumbles in and out of mayhem, some spicy scenes.... Lots of fun. Read them all!

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    Tracy Concord, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Tracy Concord, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "lousy narrator"
    What did you like best about One for the Money? What did you like least?

    I love the story. I am hooked on the Stephanie Plum series but I did not like the narrator at all. You could hear every time she took a breath and she did not convey the "young" character that Stepanie is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Janet writes a good mystery with lots of interesting characters but not too many that you can not keep track of them while listening


    What didn’t you like about C. J. Critt’s performance?

    She didn't have a "young" voice and you could hear her take a breath at every pause.


    Was One for the Money worth the listening time?

    yes


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    Terry 03-04-13
    Terry 03-04-13 Member Since 2001
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    "NOT GOOD UNLESS YOU ARE INTO ROMANCE NOVELS"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or C. J. Critt?

    NO, I DIDN'T LIKE THE POOR MIXTURE OF ROMANCE AND MYSTERY. CATHERINE COULTER IS A MUCH BETTER WRITER WITH THIS TYPE OF MIX.


    Has One for the Money turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NOT FROM THE GENRE JUST THIS WRITER.


    What does C. J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    IF I WAS READING THIS BOOK I WOULD NOT HAVE FINISHED IT. BUT THE READING WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO LISTEN ALL THE WAY THRU.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from One for the Money?

    I WOULDN'T HAVE PRINTED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.


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    Applelover96 Illinios 02-23-13
    Applelover96 Illinios 02-23-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Too Funny!"
    What did you love best about One for the Money?

    the out right hilarious scenes. I was laughing so hard at one point I had to pull off the road!!


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    Dulci 02-11-13
    Dulci 02-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The start to a great series"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was good...but as the series continues it gets much better. Also CJ Critt is not as good as Lorelie King who picks it up around book 8.

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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 02-11-13
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable from start to finish!"
    What made the experience of listening to One for the Money the most enjoyable?

    Take an out-of-work Jersey girl, put her in a career as a Bounty Hunter. This is a great introduction to likeable characters, great humor, action and a touch of romance. All of these add up to an enjoyable listening experience.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    From scene-to-scene, Stephanie finds many ways to get in trouble - and make people want to choke her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Stephanie achieves her goal. I don't want to spoil the plot here, so that is all I'll say.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, at first I didn't enjoy the listening experience because of the Jersey accent...not one of my favorites. However, I appreciate Ms. Critt's strong performance, befitting the personality of the lead character. I also have to say I laughed out loud many times throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    From what I have been able to determine, this book was written in 1994. The author spends much time describing Stephanie Plum's daily wardrobe, which appears to be very "Flashdance". It was a fun walk down memory lane, but I wonder if younger readers today will be able to appreciate the clothing details as much as those of us who lived through the time period ourselves. However, the rest of the book is very current and will be enjoyable by all.

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    Diana M. 02-01-13
    Diana M. 02-01-13

    Diana McDonald

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    "New to this series"

    I enjoyed this audiobook and Plum. I hope the rest of the series is as interesting as this one.

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    Shorty62 MOBILE, AL, United States 01-27-13
    Shorty62 MOBILE, AL, United States 01-27-13
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    "Funny and suspenseful!"

    This is my second 'reading' from this author and this was just as entertaining as the first book I read. I'm planning on reading her books from the beginning.

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    M. Harrison 01-26-13
    M. Harrison 01-26-13

    Just my .02."

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    "It's OK"

    I read this in paperback years ago when Evanovich first started the Stephanie Plum novels. It was a cute, fun little read. It's not a mindbender by any stretch, and the series isn't meant to be. If you want a novel that you can just listen to, without trying to figure out clues and wait on plot twists, this is for you.

    The novels are entirely suited for teenagers; no graphic sex. They see worse on TV.

    The narration here is a bit aggravating to me; I think perhaps someone else would do better--maybe the woman who reads the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

    Overall, a cute little series that you can relax with.

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    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 01-17-13
    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If you listen on a headset, don't bother."

    This was the worst narration I've ever heard. The gasping for breath before each sentence becomes a complete distraction. Within a chapter, I spent my time going nuts over the breathing rather than listening to the story. I ended up spending time waiting for her next gasp rather than caring about the actual words.

    I stupidly bought the first 3 Plum novels unheard, assuming the narration would be on par with Lorilei King; I was mistaken. I couldn't finish this book because of the narrator.

    So many reviews don't mention the wheezing, so I can only assume that it's more evident on headsets or that others don't let bad editing and gasping bother them. Boy, I wish I were one of those!!

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