As if things weren't complicated enough, Stephanie's just discovered her Grandma Mazur's own unmentionable alliance with Eddie. Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie's estranged sister, and Stephanie's ready for some good news. Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn't quite cutting it. And now, murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside, Stephanie's really got the urge to run for her life.
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"A madcap comic mystery, Jersey-girl style." (New York Times)
"Funny, sexy, and scary." (Booklist)
"It's always a treat to go out on a case with Stephanie Plum, the sassy, adventurous, but not always successful Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter." (Publishers Weekly)
I started with book 1 on Audible and fell in love with the character, Stephanie Plum, and the narrator, Lori Petty. I listened to a sample of Loralei King and swore I was not going to listen any further (I loved Lori Petty's Jersey accent). But when it came time for book 7, I caved because I wanted more Stephanie Plum. After listening to this book -- I must say, Loralei King does a tremendous job and I've become a fan. It takes me some time to get use to different narrators but after the first little bit, I was able to adapt. I'm glad I caved because I really enjoy Loralei's rendition of Stephanie and all the other wonderful characters. As for the book itself--loved it--true to form for the series and Janet Evanovich.
Lorelei King's distracting voice characterization for Grandma Mazur was the worst of all of the three readers of the series. I was glad to see they did not keep the reader for the abridged versions of books five and six of the series because she was the "speedy gonzales" version of narrators and I felt I needed a Valium trying to listen to her read.
King's calm eloquent reading style made the story a less excitable journey than it could have been but, otherwise she was passable.
At first, I felt C. J. Critt was the worst narrator I had ever heard, but now, since these books took me on the "Goldi Lockes" hunt for the perfect narrator, I believe she was actually the best reader of the Stephanie Plum Series! Critt did at least make the exciting fight scenes exciting, and Grandma Mazur's comic relief scenes comical, unlike King's annoyingly shrill voice choice for Grandma which loses all of the comedy in the lines for me. So I'm eating my bowl of "crow" on this one.
All in all, it is still a good book and I will listen to the others. I found a trick for listening to good stories read by narrator's who have reading styles that irritate me. I choose to think of them as a favorite aunt or uncle telling me about their life experience. This mental view makes me more patient and accepting of the narrator's vocal flaws.
So, I had to use my trick with this one too!
Recently started this series and had great fun listening to the first six books read by CJ Critt (although I had to get #5&6 from the library because Audible only had the abridged versions with a different narrator). It's always irritating when the narrator is changed mid-series, especially when Critt made the characters come alive, but the reviews for the books narrated by Lorelei King were good so I started book seven with high hopes of a good listen - Huge Disappointment! King doesn't deliver the sassy, energetic Stephanie of the first books and I found the voice used for the grandmother to be shrill and totally irritating. Still love the story but this narrator may send me back to the print version.
Stephanie Plum series is absolutely the best and funniest books I've ever read. Book 7 overall had the charm, humor, and suspense this series is known for. The plot was a bit same old, but still a very good read. The reader is most excellent as well. I rent/purchase books simply for this reader. She has voices for the many characters and it feels like a movie. I've read many books on audio in my day, and the Plum series as well as this narrator are the top of the line best. I def suggest!
This is the first time I have read this author and have fallen in love with the Stephanie Plum series. I downloaded all 13 books and listened to them all within a week. I couldn’t wait to hear what adventures (and mishaps!) that Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Lula and the rest of the gang would get into. I’ve read some of the previous reviews. I agree with some and disagree with others. I disagree that it gets old and complacent that Stephanie finds herself in the same situations in every book. It appears to me that Stephanie’s character is just one of those people that trouble and mayhem seem to find. I do agree that narrator Lori Petty is the voice of Stephanie. Narrator Debi Mazar’s accent is a bit heavy for audio books and then after all this Lorilei King takes over as narrator for the rest of the series. While Ms. King’s character voices are awesome (she has such a range!) her Stephanie voice has no Jersey accent at all and sound just a little too “blue blood”. Otherwise Ms. King is a joy to listen to. You will fall in love with Ranger and Joe! Both are too hot to handle……no wonder Stephanie can’t choose between the two!
Don’t let the narrator changes deter you from listening to this funny charming, and at times mysterious series. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for something light hearted to listen to.
While I typically like the more serious mysteries, I was surpised how much fun this tongue-in-cheek story could be. It has all the elements that keep you sitting in your car or findings a longer way home so that you can hear a little bit more of the story, that you, of course, don't want to end; plus it has one more element. I found myself laughing out loud while listening. I will certainly look for more Janet Evanovich and the fantastic narrator, Lorelei King. This is certainly one of those stories that would be hard to imagine without the nuance this narrator brings to the story.
I love all the Stephanie Plum novels and am glad Audible finally got the unabridged version of this one. The book has great characters and an entertaining plot. Also, Lorelei King does a great job of narrating again. She really brings the story to life with different voices for the characters.
The writing is average. The reading was better with the first reader. But I'm in love with Stephanie & Morelli so I can't stop worth the series. I like Ranger despite her portrayal of him as a a dummy. The reader makes him sound stupid. And Lula is the best!
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
I have enjoyed the whole series so far. I liked it a bit better when I read it. The narrator didn't have as much expression as I'd like.
Enjoyable, inviting, satisfying
Always enjoy the inept way Stephanie always succeeds
She bring the characters in the story to life.
Always make me alight and put a smile on my face!!
Looking forward to finishing series. Prefer unabridged versions
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