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.
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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.
I'm from Trenton, NJ. I was looking for a little fun and it happens to be set in my hometown. But it was a crap story that I couldn't even make halfway through. Maybe it's the way the dialogue is written or just bad writing in general but I couldn't stand this book.
I hate to slag a narrator. It's a lot of work to read an entire book, make the characters have personality and make it appeal to the masses - but this narrator is just not right for this book. Her gasping for air every few seconds and heavy smoker's raspy voice do not suit the vivaciousness of spunky Stephanie Plum.
This is my first Janet Evanovich book - she's a good, quirky writer but I could not stand to listen to another read by this narrator.
This was a light story that made my commute home a bit more tolerable...I call movies or books like this "fluff"...not going to be a literary classic, but good, fun story-telling.
A good fun, romance with a comic flair and some intrigue.
Everything about this book was great from the writing, narrating, story line. This book has action, comedy (so funny) will definitely get the whole series.
I enjoyed the story overall, but I grew up in that area and people from Trenton, NJ do not talk like New Yorkers! Kind of made it difficult to listen to when the reader simply made everyone (except Stephanie herself) sound like the New York Mafia.
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