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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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    Ann Hereford Hamilton, VA USA 02-14-12
    Ann Hereford Hamilton, VA USA 02-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This will make you miss Lorelei King!"

    If, like me, you found Janet Evanovich by her more recent books, and then were tempted to buy this book in anticipation of the movie, don't bother! The narrator's breathing drove me crazy. It may have just been the production back in those days that couldn't edit it out, but it was way too distracting. I look forward to each book narrated by Lorelei King and will definitely skip all those narraged by C. J. Critt in the future. Even on sale, it is not worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer O Fallon, IL, United States 11-29-11
    Amazon Customer O Fallon, IL, United States 11-29-11

    heaven bound

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    "good read"

    I have read other books by Janet Evanovich and enjoy her stories very much. she keeps you in suspense until the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 11-18-11
    Marcheta 11-18-11 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Good story, wrong narrator"

    I much prefer Lori Petty's reading of the abridged version of One for the Money to C.J. Critt's unabridged version. Petty or Lorelei King would have been preferable for the unabridged version. I noticed that this C.J. Critt version was copyrighted 1995 and the Lorelei King readings started later. I personally prefer more of a performance narration like that of Lori Petty - loved the accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 06-11-12
    Elizabeth 06-11-12
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    "Irritating narrator"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or C. J. Critt?

    I have not finished listening to the book, but it is taking a while because the narrator is annoying to me. Hearing her constantly take the deep breaths, to me is distracting. Maybe it's her style, but I think you can convey sacrasm and move the story forward without hearing the breaths after every pause. ANNOYING!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich? Why or why not?

    I am goiong to need to see how this ends and see if it's the same narrator throughout the series. So not sure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her annoying heavy breathing! She doesn't do the voices of the other characters as well as other narrators I have listened to. I like Judy Kay from the Grafton series and the gal from the JD Robb Series isn't too bad either.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie now, but I haven't seen it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, United States 12-12-11
    Elizabeth MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator's voice not right for main character"

    Janet Evanovich's books have been highly recommended to me by several people so this was my first exposure to her writing. Overall the story is good, although it takes about 3 hours to become totally engrossed to the point of being eager to hear what happens next. The voice of the narrator was not a match for the description of the main character, it was too mature. However, the narrator did do a good job creating different distinct voices for the other characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer WINTER HAVEN, FL, United States 12-05-11
    Amazon Customer WINTER HAVEN, FL, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Stephanie Plum"
    Where does One for the Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its among the top 5


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

    Yes, always wondering what Stephanie is going to blow up.


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

    She was okay, I just felt like the words didn't flow. There were to many pauses at the wrong times.


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

    A MUST SEE...HILARIOUS.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of the Stephanie Plum novels and love each one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Esther 02-19-15
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    "Great story"

    Enjoyed the story and the performance. This was the first Janet Evanovich novel I've listened to or read. I'll be checking out the rest of the series.

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    Susan SOUTH PARIS, ME, United States 01-29-15
    Susan SOUTH PARIS, ME, United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but too "Barbie Doll" for me."

    While the storyline was fun, it felt like she was unreal. "leave it to Beaver" nieve

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    Terilyn 01-27-15
    Terilyn 01-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "So comical, love it❤️"

    Love it!❤️narrarator is awesome!!!👍👍👍👍😊would love it if she reads book 4 & 5 to complete my plum series. Please

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    MonicaPilar Tucson, AZ, United States 01-24-15
    MonicaPilar Tucson, AZ, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Back east living"

    I just started this series by Janet Evanovich and I'm really enjoying it. I can really see myself being a neighbor to a lot of these characters in this book.
    I think grandma was a wonderful teaser in the story helping the reader relate to that one family member that's crazy.

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