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
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.
It's a great story quirky and fun.
I don't know about the edge of my seat, you could kind of guess the plot, but it's a good ride.
I've never heard C.J.'s other performances, but I did enjoy her in this.
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.
Cute read! Made me want to go ahead and listen to the rest of the series.
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.
Really good, I'm fairly easy to please though
The car bombing
Right on par
She'll get her man or die trying
I tend not to listen to books more then once.
Stephanie is the BEST!
Great voice and easy to listen to.
I laughed many times.
I live Janet E. but C. J. Critt sounds like she has a breathing problem. I had to stop listening. Before each phrase she paused and took a deep sucking-sound breath and I found that was what I focused on instead of the story. At least that's what it sounded like on an iPhone. I only paid $4.95 for it so maybe that's why it was so different than all the dozens of boOks I've listened to before. I'll just read this one in print!
Stephanie is a great character but it was fun to go back and remember how she and Morelli met.
The reader for hunger games was just great.
Yes, fun story, good character development, good mix of seriousness and humor.
Stephanie Plum, Her humor and the way she approaches things. She is a no hold barred type of lovable badass.
This is my first and CJ does it well. You can definitely tell the different characters she is portraying.
Yes but I couldn't due to my schedule.
LOVED this book. I have listened to several of the Stephanie Plum "in-between" books, and found them very enjoyable - so I decided to start at the beginning. The "mystery" part of the story kept me guessing and Stephanie's antics had me laughing out loud on several occasions! Can't wait to listen to the next one - Two for hte Dough!
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