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One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1 | [Janet Evanovich]

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

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 that took her virginity....
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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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    donna 02-25-12
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    "Horrible reader, good story"

    The story is enjoyable, not great but enjoyable, but omg the reader just ruins it. she sounds stuffed up, and gasps for breath at every sentence. It just ruins the book. Sad that I bought the first three in the series before I listened. Won't be buying the rest until they change reader

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    Renee Sacramento,CA 02-21-12
    Renee Sacramento,CA 02-21-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Could not get into!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps people who like this author more than I did.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    It was very slow and boring


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

    I really did not like this performance. It only added more disappointment to the book.


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    Sierra's Mom Idaho, United States 02-20-12
    Sierra's Mom Idaho, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2015

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think this book is just silly. There is no depth. I would like to see some suspense in it.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich???s story?

    I bought the book because I saw a review by some celebrities on TV say it was so good. I was so disappointed that it was slow, shallow, and dumb story.


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    Kristi Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-20-12
    Kristi Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good "easy" read"

    Obviously not the greatest book I have ever "read", but definitely enjoyable. Entertaining story. I'm one who has to "read" a book before i can see the movie, if there is one, and so that was behind my decision to buy. I will likely get the next in the series, after I tackle a few longer choices.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great story quirky and fun.


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

    I don't know about the edge of my seat, you could kind of guess the plot, but it's a good ride.


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard C.J.'s other performances, but I did enjoy her in this.


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    Jane Digan FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, US 02-16-12
    Jane Digan FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, US 02-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "dont get this the reader is horrible"

    years ago I borrowed the first five book recordings from my library, Debi Mazar was the reader and was great. The east cost accent made the story seam real. Just like the movie, they needed characters that looked and sounded like East Cost Italians to make it work. I was so excited that I didn't realize that the reader was different.

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    Sheila East Bernard, Texas, United States 02-15-12
    Sheila East Bernard, Texas, United States 02-15-12
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    "Stephanie Plum is either very brave or very stupid"

    Cute read! Made me want to go ahead and listen to the rest of the series.

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    Book Goddess Northern NJ 02-15-12
    Book Goddess Northern NJ 02-15-12
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    "Great story but the narrator makes me asthmatic!!"

    I LOVE Stephanie Plum. I have read, and loved, the entire series. I took advantage of the $4.95 offer for this audiobook but, my word, SO NOT worth it! Not even worth a measly $4.95! If you want to start the Stephanie Plum series, I would recommend doing so by reading the first several books. I am not a big fan of Lorelei King as a reader, either (the narrator for books 6 through 18), but she is at least bearable. If you want a review of the actual plotline, there are other reviews that cover that. My review is strictly for the audio performance. And here is why it is a huge shame that CJ Critt was commissioned to narrate the first books in the series:

    1. CJ Critt's voice is too old. I would put her "voice age" at around 50. Stephanie is 30 years old in this book.

    2. CJ Critt's voice is a smoker's voice...very raspy, as though she has emphysema. Stephanie is not a smoker.

    3. CJ Critt takes a DEEP breath before every sentence. It literally makes *me* feel asthmatic listening to it.

    4. CJ Critt takes a 2-second too long pause between sentences. The overall effect is unsettling.

    I know that the focus of this review is very narrator-centric but I just wanted to warn you to maybe reconsider this purchase. Listening to One for the Money (and I eventually gave up listening) was a very unpleasant experience.

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    Jamie United States 02-15-12
    Jamie United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun"
    Where does One for the Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really good, I'm fairly easy to please though


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

    The car bombing


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Right on par


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    She'll get her man or die trying


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    Angela 02-13-12
    Angela 02-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun Book!"
    Would you listen to One for the Money again? Why?

    I tend not to listen to books more then once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie is the BEST!


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    Great voice and easy to listen to.


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

    I laughed many times.


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