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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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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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    Cheryl 01-16-12
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    "love the story"
    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Have many Janet Evanovich books, and my least favorites are the ones performed by CJ Critt. I Love the ones performed by Lorelei King.


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    Donna Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 01-14-12
    Donna Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Stephanie Plum rocks"

    Janet Evanovich is rocking a new series! And C.J. Critt brings the New Jersey attitude to life! These books will have you laughing out loud, which, if you're listening on ear buds, can make people look up in askance! Not to worry, it's worth it!

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    Stacey United States 01-11-12
    Stacey United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Predictable but fun to listen to."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good humor and interesting plot. The narrator was pretty good at the voices and that made listening very enjoyable.


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    Efrem 01-09-12
    Efrem 01-09-12
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    What did you love best about One for the Money?

    Story teller was a great fit.


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

    Yes.


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

    I have listen to several of C J Critt's performances and this one was as good as a I expected.


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

    How to be a booty hunter?


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    Amazon Customer 01-03-12 Member Since 2014

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    What did you love best about One for the Money?

    One for the Money is the first enstallment of Stephanie Plum's adventures (mishaps) and I found the series as a whole, laugh out loud funny and very enjoyable. Many will tire out around 15. But all seem to enjoy the ride.


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

    There are just too many memorable moments in Stephanie's life to list. You will laught when you hear how she handles all those little life moments.


    What aspect of C. J. Critt’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't understand why the abbridged recording is read by Lori Petty. She reads at a very fast pace but conveys Stephanie very well. C.J. Kritt is just too slow and drawn out. Steph's from Jersey and a Jersey Gal would never draw it out. If you can adjust the narration speed do it. The abbridged verision is about 3 hours and does cut down on a lot of the sceens, but is also good. (if C.J. read it it would have lasted 5 hours)


    Any additional comments?

    One for the Money is the first enstallment of Stephanie Plum's adventures (mishaps) and I found the series as a whole, laugh out loud funny and very enjoyable. Many will tire out around 15. But all seem to enjoy the ride.

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    Amazon Customer San Tan Valley AZ. 12-26-11
    Amazon Customer San Tan Valley AZ. 12-26-11 Member Since 2011

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    "not bad book"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or C. J. Critt?

    It took me a bit to get into this book but i really liked it overall so much that i got the 2nd one too


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    good ending


    Could you see One for the Money being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes... because its coming out soon


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    Tania 11-14-11
    Tania 11-14-11
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    "So funny it will make you laugh out loud"

    Excellent book and great narration. Occasionally the narrator's pauses were mildly distracting but I think I was actively listening for the epic pauses becuase of the other reviews were unfairly critical of this.
    This book should not read this on public transport - unless your prepared for the strange looks from other passengers when you crack up laughing out loud! This book is a hoot. The only dissapointing thing is book two isn't available yet.

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    Teri Kemah, TX, United States 11-05-11
    Teri Kemah, TX, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Love this exciting fresh story. Fearful one minute and laughing the next. Not crazy with the reader, just not what I picture Stephanie plum sounding. But loved the story.

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    Sabrina Indianapolis, IN, United States 08-16-11
    Sabrina Indianapolis, IN, United States 08-16-11
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    "Throughly Entertaining"

    One For the Money is not going to keep you up at night pondering the complexities of the universe. However, It is the first in a series of what is currently 17 Stephanie Plum novels (excluding the few supernatural in-between-the-numbers additions) I am not a huge fan of the narration of C.J. Critt the current narrator, Loralie King does a much better job of bringing the characters to life. The stories do not get repetitive and continue to be entirely entertaining. I suggest reading or listening to the entire series. The books are somewhat referential to each other, however I started with Ten Big Ones (I went to the airport without a book and found it at a kiosk) and had no trouble understanding what was going on. However, I caution everyone from reading/listening to these books on an airplane or in any other enclosed space full of strangers because some of the situations Stephanie manages to fall into are so hilarious it is impossible to not laugh.

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    Victor 07-24-14
    Victor 07-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I tried to listen faster to get through this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better writing (Janet Evanovich could use a better editor). Better narration. C.J. Critt speaks too slowly, is not dynamic, uses a chipper voice for everything as if she's explaining how to use a smartphone to an octogenarian, and she pauses too long between sentences AND you can hear her take a breath before she says each sentence. I find myself just listening to her inhale throughout the book.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    Boring. Stephanie Plum sounds like a bone head.


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Never.


    What character would you cut from One for the Money?

    Stephanie Plum.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping this would be a neat/new series for me, but it sucks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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