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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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.
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.
Boring. Stephanie Plum sounds like a bone head.
I was hoping this would be a neat/new series for me, but it sucks.
Believe the other reviews- Critt really is horrible. If the themes in this book weren't adult I'd assume she was aiming at 6 year olds. The reading is IS.VERY.SLOW, WITH.LONG.PAUSES.,AND.EXAGGERATED.EMPHASIS.JUST.TO.BE.SURE.THE.BEGINNING.READER.DOES.NOT.MISS.ANYTHING.
Not all of us who read mysteries are illiterate, and I'd appreciate an audiobook premised on that assumption.
I would recommend it, especially to those who have already read the book in written format, and to those who have seen the movie.
The book, and the series, are very original, and I can't think of others to compare.
I thought she did a great job. She brought out the humor and her character voices are entertaining.
It has a lot of great funny parts - although fans of the series will know that it just gets funnier as the series goes on.
I would recommend all the Evanovich books. They are funny and fun.
I especially like the ones read by C.J.Critt. She makes every character stand out. She is also easy to follow!
Adore reading - almost any genre except science fiction. In a book club so get to read a variety of great books!
I loved the ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances. And Critt's narration was superb.
When the lead character was cornered in the gym was a memorable moment for its tension.
So many great scenes it's difficult to be selective.
It was not so much a moving novel. More a wonderful mix of tension and hilarity.
The dinner scene when grandma shoots off the gun.
This is my first time listening to on of CJ Critt's performances. Would definitely choose another book with her as the reader.
I'm sure I looked a little odd to passers-by when I was in my car alone laughing hysterically.
The story was funny and the reader kept me wanting to hear more about the day-to-day experiences of Stephanie Plum. It was like listening to an old friend tell you about her day.
Absolutely would love to read another book by Janet Evanovich. The character is so flawed and realistic. It was fun to read about the way people live in the east.
Well the heroine of course. Absolutely hysterical.
Probably would not be nearly as funny as a movie and it would be capitalized on for the sexual components - whereas in the book - they are a sprinkle of spice!
It was wonderful listening to the different characters -- they were all unique with just enough of a New Jersey accent to make them come alive, but not too much to be annoying. I've read the books & saw the movie, but I really enjoyed listening and can't wait to get the rest of the series.
I would recommend this book for lighthearted entertainment. Stephanie Plum has a terrific attitude and a good sense of humor.
I really enjoyed the combination of a mystery and the amusing characters that populate her life.
I've never heard the narrator before but I thought her 'voice' for the characters was outstanding.
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