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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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    Charles Spanaway, WA, United States 08-09-12
    Charles Spanaway, WA, United States 08-09-12
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    "Great book, great narrator"
    If you could sum up One for the Money in three words, what would they be?

    Funny and entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie Plum


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    All of them


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she started out as a bounty hunter


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 07-31-12
    Amanda 07-31-12

    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!

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    "Hilariously Entertaining!"

    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!

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    KEITH 07-24-12
    KEITH 07-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The Start of something good"
    Would you listen to One for the Money again? Why?

    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


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    donna 07-23-12
    donna 07-23-12
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    "not Stephanie Plum"
    What would have made One for the Money better?

    a younger sounding narrater


    How could the performance have been better?

    If she sounded younger and more hip


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Russell 07-18-12
    Russell 07-18-12 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "I see the appeal"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jillian Waynesburg, pa, United States 07-12-12
    Jillian Waynesburg, pa, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Why did I hold out so long"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One for the Money to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print verision. I am going to have to get it for my kindle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grandma!! Kapow Kapow Kapow


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

    I haven't listen to a book with her before. It took me a while to get use to her voice but I love it now! I had to give it a chance.


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

    From Jersey with Love??


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TxChik 07-10-12
    TxChik 07-10-12
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    "Great narrator, so-so story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I was very dissapointed. It started out as a good story with lots of potential. Woman becomes a bounty hunter - yea! But then she can't seem to do anything right, she's scared of her gun and just becomes incompetent with no self-control.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    I thought this had a heroine in it - not! Poor Stephanie Plum needs to go back to selling lingerie because she does not have ANY of the skills necessary to be a bounty hunter. She comes across as smart in many ways, but then she's a total nincompoop about her gun, bad guys, etc...


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

    I have not listened to any other Critt performances, but I really liked listening to her. She brought Stephanie Plum and the other characters to life.


    Did One for the Money inspire you to do anything?

    No - that's what's sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Boise, ID, United States 07-10-12
    Carolyn Boise, ID, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A winner!"
    Where does One for the Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this one ranks way up there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is funny,exciting and has a touch of romance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she is talking to him about running him over with a car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Maeen Oklahoma City, OK, United States 07-03-12
    Bryan Maeen Oklahoma City, OK, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "WARNING TO ALL MEN!"

    My wife has read everyone book in this series, twice. She laughs so hard and tries to read to me the funny parts, but without any context it just went over my head. She asked me to read the first book and promised me I would love it. I'm a slow reader, but thanks to Audible I was able to fullfil my promise to her. Unfortunately for her, I didn't enjoy this book as much as she did and I'll tell you why.

    This book was well written and the core of the story wasn't half bad. But this book was very much made for women. Not that that's a bad thing, but being that I'm not a women...I felt like I walked into a room full of my wife's friends and they were in the middle of talking about all the things that upset them about their men. Guys, you know that feeling...with the eyes and the silence...yes...it's like that.

    From my wife's point of view: I can see what she liked about it. It's a story of strong women, who overcome person and life problems. That part is inspiring. However, the otherside to that coin, every guy is a pig. All they did was make inappropriate comments and show little respect to women.

    So, I would recommend this to women everywhere. Guys, I would recommend a good zombie story...not this book.

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    Bonnie 06-26-12
    Bonnie 06-26-12
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    "Great series, very fun reads!"

    Love the characters in these books and the narrator is perfect for them. Adventure, mystery, romance, all in one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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