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
Not exactly sure where I'd rank it...It is definitely one that I will listen to over and over. That in itself makes it a favorite.
Pretty much. Laughter, excitement, drama,
Laughed and Laughed, then laughed some more.
Explanation of C J Critt's performance. Her voices were fine but you could hear loud inhalations like a smoker inhaling and there were extremely long pauses, so long that you would think the book was over. These things detracted from the enjoyment of the book.
In the past, I had read and listened to Stephanie Plum Novels. However, I took advantage of one of Audible's excellent specials to purchase series books and selected this first book by Janet Evanovich.
What a fun read! Stephanie explains her checkered past with Joseph, starts her employment with her cousin Vinnie, the bondsman, and meets Lula, the streetwalker, for the first time.
If you have never read a book in this series, definitely start here. If you are acquainted with Stephanie Plum and haven't read this one, consider getting this.
You will not be disappointed.
I am a big fan of Janet Evanovich and I love to actually read her books. I was not able to get into this book the way I would have liked when I attempted to read it, I had heard such great things about the Stephanie Plum series. I decided to try the audio and I am so glad I did, I loved the story and it was great to listen to. C.J. Critt is perfect for reading these novels and I will only listen to the Stephanie Plum novels read by her as I continue the series.
I really like the main character - Stephanie! She is VERY believable as well as everybody in the book!!
No but I am looking forward to the rest of this series! I will also look for other books where CJ is doing the narration!
There were so many things I loved about this book. The characters were funny, interesting and believable! The chemistry between Stephanie & Morelli is great and I look forward to their developing relationship.
grandma mazer? sp. CJ Critt matched her personality and voice perfectly and I love her whit.
The accents and expressions were a perfect match. This is how I would have perceived the voices, but I could not have done them myself.
Funny and entertaining
All of them
When she started out as a bounty hunter
My husband set me up with these books when I had eye surgery and was blind for about a month and was unable to read or watch TV CJ Critt and the way she read made me feel as if I were watching a movie and I listened. Thank you CJ for giving me a chance to feel as if the world around me was not lost. You keep me entertained durning a very hard time and I ended up listening to all of the first 4 of the Stephanie Plum seriers.
I love to get lost in the world's of writers, but don't have much time to read. I discovered Audible and now can listen whenever I want!
Just loved this book! C.J. Critt does such a great job with the New Jersey accent, she had me rolling! Even my husband, who wasn't really even listening to the book was cracking up on the few parts he did hear. Very entertaining, and was a nice break between my "heavy" books. Can't wait to continue the series!
I've enjoyed many books of this series , this first book is pretty good and the rest are even better . Beware some parts of these stories may make you laugh so hard you cry ( not good when your driving !) Enjoy
a younger sounding narrater
If she sounded younger and more hip
I really enjoyed reading this series and so thought getting the audio would be a low risk purchase. How wrong I was! I could not listen to more than 1 chapter because the narrater just sounded way too old and way too stiched up to be Stephanie Plum.
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
I decided to read this book because I know a number of people that love the Stephanie Plum series. After listening to this book I understand why people enjoy the series but it did not do it for me.
The main character seems to cutesy while trying to be a bad ass, but that might take some getting use to. I didn't find the characters or situations credible enough to peak my interest but again, it is only a book. The plot line felt a little stagnent throughout most of the book but the ending was predictable with an unpredictable foe.
The narrator did an excellent job with the New Jersey accent, I would listen to more of her narrations.
Overall, if you have been meaning to try the Stephanie Plum series go for it, it wasn't my favorite but it was not the worst by any means. It did not appeal to my taste but I have not ruled out trying the next book since I see the potential. If anything it is a quick read for entertainment. There is a reason there are about 18 books in the series.
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