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.
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I found it somewhat difficult to make my brain differentiate between all of the male characters because Critt made them all sound the same. If the author didn't specify who was talking, you couldn't tell by the narration. Critt's too-long pauses between her sentences became annoying.
Overall, I enjoyed the story but didn't love it because of the narration. I'll trudge through books 2-3 just so I can get to a different narrator in book 4.
This series was recommended to me with the warning that the first books in the series are not as good as the later ones. I had a hard time sticking with this one and the second book, but I'm on the third one now and am totally hooked! I makes me laugh out loud at times. I can't wait to get to the later books that are narrated by Lorelei King, because I really enjoy her narration of the Mercy Thompson books. So hang in there, this series definitely does get better!
Constantly in search of the perfect listen.
Stephanie Plum is not a modern day heroine. She is just another Jersey girl trying to make ends meet in a tough economy. She becomes a bounty hunter after being laid off from her job as an underwear buyer at a department store. This is the perfect premise for a book you want to listen to without having to think, which is exactly what this story delivers.
Of course, as you would expect, Stephanie does become quite the success at bounty hunting. The various characters you meet are colorful, although a bit clichéd. It is no surprise that Stephanie Plum saves the day, and hooks up with the cute cop who looks like a bad guy, but is really one of the nice guys. This is a fun listen that is not a complete waste of your time, but just barely. Not a low brow as the Jersey Shore, but more on the level of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
This audiobook would be so much better if it had better narration! I found myself having to rewind and listen again before getting the humor of certain parts. The delivery was just not there. Things that were actually very funny came across as a bad joke. This was disappointing. Still, there is nothing about Stephanie Plum books that should be taken too seriously, even bad narration. These books are mean to be fun, and not much more. While the narration was not the best, I was still able to enjoy the story for what is it. An easy read (or listen) that is mildly entertaining.
I am listening to another story now, but continue to use this to help put me asleep at night. It is interestering enough to be engaging, but not enough so to interfere with drifting off to sleep.---- That sums up the story quite well.
Janet Evanovich is a publishing legend, but you'd never know it from this audiobook. C.J. Critt is the worst Audible narrator I've ever heard. Her deep breaths and pauses after every sentence distract from the story, and make you wonder if she has emphysema! Too bad she narrated the first 4 books in the Stephanie Plum series - the books deserve better!
I am still unsure why the newly released unabridged versions of Evanovich's books are being read by someone who is not Lorelei King. Critt is a mediocre Stephanie Plum at best. The story is typical first in a series, a lot of background info and explanations of characters we'll see throughout the series. Overall, the book is just kind of meh.
Wonderfully cozy. A lighthearted, mystery, to curl up with, and pass the time. There were several places where I laughed out loud causing people to stare at me. Stephanie, seems to get herself into, ongoing, silly predicaments. This was my first Janet Evanovich book and I REALLY enjoyed it. I found the narrator to be perfect, but I didn't have any others to compare, as did some of the reviewers. I just purchased four more books and it seems to be quite a large series, so it should keep me out of trouble for a while! I will take the advice of other reviewers and read, rather than listen, to the abridged audiobooks. I've never cared for any of the abridged books that I've purchased.
All you need is a sense of humor. Actually, you don't even need that. Or a personality. You just have to be able to read, or, in the case of an audible book, listen. Janet Evanovich has given Stephanie Plum enough personality and wit for 10 women. Or men. And with supporting characters like Joe Morelli, Ranger, Lula and Grandma Mazur, all that's necessary is that you read/listen in spurts so you don't die of laughter before the book ends. I'm telling ya, even Rex the hamster, who doesn't even have a speaking part, is funny.
It also isn't hard to find someone to hate in “One for the Money,” the first book in the Plum novels. Joyce Barnhardt comes to mind. She's the series bitch and Stephanie's arch enemy. Why? She slept with Stephanie's husband-at-the-time, Dickie Orr, and neither got much sleep. Speaking of sex, Stephanie and Morelli have had the on-and-off hots for each other since forever, and have been fighting and flirting since childhood.
Then there's fellow bounty hunter Ranger. He and Ms. Plum have nothing in common, except a mutual attraction to each other. He's the consummate professional to Stephanie's bumbling neophyte slob. Ranger's an almost vegetarian and she's never met a cheeseburger she doesn't like. But he seems to always turn up when Stephanie needs him, and in "One for the Money," she needs him several times. Heck, she needs a lot of help. A natural at bounty hunting, she isn’t.
Of course, it also helps to have a fearless family member like Grandma Mazer, who wouldn't back down from a circle saw, and who takes to carrying a pistol (a really big one) in her purse in the next book in the series, "Two for the Dough." She also, much to Stephanie’s dismay, starts tagging along with her on searches for FTAs (failure to appear).
Bottom line: "One for the Money" is a hoot from start to finish. It will leave you wanting more. Fortunately, there is more. A lot of it.
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.
"Fluffy and entertaining"
Once you get used to the narrators voice, you get sucked into Stephanie's world. If this were another type of book, the serious moments would be highlighted but as it's a fast, pop corn comedic thriller, our heroine just gets on with it and you do too. I enjoyed it. If you're looking for a easy cosy mystery - this is highly recommended.
"CJ Critt and Janet Evanovitch equals winning combo"
CJ Critt is by far the best narrator of Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum series. Her portrayal of Grandma Mazur and Lula are memorable. Great characters brought alive by a great performance.
"Love these books"
I love these books, and was pleased to see them on audible. The only let down for me was a personal thing, I just couldn't quite get behind the narrator as much as others I have heard, but she wasn't as bad a some by a long way.
"Fun start to a brilliant series"
This is a good start to the popular "Plumb" series. Stephanie is down on her luck having lost her job and in urgent need of money, so she takes a job as a bounty hunter working for her cousin. She has no skills and is totally out of her depth. She is helped by Ranger, a mysterious hunk who is a skilled bounty hunter. Her first major bond is to apprehend Morelli a cop, and the man who removed her virginity and wrote about it on the wall of the boy's bathroom in high school! No pressure there.
This is a very enjoyable story with plenty of laughs. The story takes you through her meetings with some very scary characters and enables you to fall in love with her family, particularly her Grandma. Time passes very quickly as you become involved in Stephanie's inept attempt to capture Morelli. This is a good introduction to an enjoyable series which gets better throughout each story. My only complaint is that I prefer the reader of the later audio's.
"Sassy novice bounty hunter"
Stephanie is out of work and down on her luck, given a week by her cousin Vinnie to bring in a fugitive for a 10,000 dollar bounty. she needs the money how hard can it be? The story of her attempt is fraught with mishap but our heroine is undeterrred. I really enjoyed this audiobook. Well read in brash American tones by C J Critt, Stephanies extended american/middle european family are brought to life. Stephanie's combative relationship with her quarry, and their developing romance are predictable but amusing nonetheless. Recomended as an easy listen with feel good factor.
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