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
Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.
A better book and a better reader. I enjoyed the movie, and thought I would like the book better - isn't that always the way it works??? But the book isn't very well written and isn't original or especially interesting either. And the reader is trying too hard to sound like she's from "Joisey" and she stepped all over what little humor there was. I certainly wouldn't bother with another of the Stephanie Plum books. Bleh.
Probably not. Quite over-rated.
Quite disappointing. Why are these books so popular?
Oh well. Now I know.
I love Evanovitch. I always consider her books to be great, light fun. Therefore unfortunately, I didnt listen to the sample.
Performance was at best mediocre and the production value was such that I could hear the narrator breathing after every sentence. It was hugely distracting.
Having read the book and being addicted to audiobooks I tried hard to give it a go. I abandoned this one very early on - it was simply awful.
NO! I find her heavy breathing every sentence highly distracting and too little personality with characters and accents.
It was okay - got better in the second half - but I don't think I'm going to go out of my way to read anything further in this series. Maybe Stephanie goes on to become quite a competent bounty hunter; but in this book, she basically stumbled her way into everything, and I'm not that interested in reading about incompetent women who are in constant need of rescuing. There are other detective/mystery series out there who do strong, capable female characters, I'll look for them.
These books are so fun and entertaining to listen to, I love them. I am listening to the complete series. I laugh out loud at the characters and the things that they say and do. I also enjoy listening to C.J. Critt, I wish she narrated all of them, I think she does an excellent job.
Entertaining chick lit
The narrator captures the sinister voice of a guy who threaten's Stephanie Plum, the story's heroie.
Quick listen that had me giggling on several occasions.
It was interesting to read a book written in the 90's before cell phones and see how limited and unsafe everyone was in their abilities to communicate (and call for help) if there was no phone in the house or a pay phone nearby.
Performance was great - chilling when reading the "bad-guy" parts and sassy when reading Stephanie Plum. Exactly how I would have read it in my mind.
A better editor on the original text. Too unnecessarily drawn out.
Not one from this author for a looong time.
Good narrator/story teller in general. Talked very slow and deliberately. A plus somtimes, but too slow.
A lot of the neighbors. When something happens in the apartment of the detective, the story goes on, and on and on (yes, and on and on and on) about what all of the neighbors thing. I believe the author did this a lot to get her page count up to something acceptable for publishers.
I hear the series really takes off at book three....I dread having to plog through book two like I did this one to get to that.
Very funny...a well written story with good characters. Made me laugh out loud several times. The story moved along well (or would have if the narrator had read with better pace).
The characters were very well developed and made me want more story.
Her different voice characterizations were good but her pace was awful. Sometimes the pauses were so long I thought my ipod had stopped.
They already made a movie from this book, but I would ssay "She always gets her man!"
I'm looking forward to more from this series but only with another narrator.
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