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Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel | [Janet Evanovich]

Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

©2013 Random House Audio ; ©2013 Janet Evanovich

What the Critics Say

“What do the New Jersey Mob, bingo, and giraffes have in common? Stephanie Plum and crew. Narrator Lorelei King performs the latest zany antics of Stephanie, Lula, and Connie, along with some sizzling smooches from Morelli and the ever hot Ranger. As Plum goes after the bail-jumping Uncle Sunny, a mobster who is Morelli's godfather, King's performance kicks into high gear, switching accents from Jersey to Italian without a hitch. Sleuthing for Stephanie includes a little black dress, funerals, and bingo. And the giraffe? He's the comic relief in this silly mystery flawlessly delivered King with a different voice for each character--except the giraffe. Combine King's vocal acting with Stephanie's adventures, and you laugh through the whole audiobook.” (AudioFile)

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    billybob 08-25-14
    billybob 08-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another fun read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this series to a friend they are always fun and exciting, even when predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lula is the best character, I want to be her friend in real life. Well and ranger, I want to be him.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a Jersey accent perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are a little predictable at times, but always fun. They are like the pop music of literature! You want to be a part of the world. I want to have dinner with Janet and get inside her mind so that I could see what is next.

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    Sherri_Hunter 08-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Grandma & Lula At Their Best"

    There are not many authors who have the talent to keep a series fresh and entertaining after twenty books, but Janet Evanovich is one of them. Takedown Twenty is, by far, my favorite of the entire series. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the one-liners delivered by Lula and Grandma Mazur kept me in stitches. I really hope this book is a sign that we will see more of Lula and Grandma in future books. I love Stephanie and the hot mess that is her life and I adore Ranger and Morelli, but Lula and Grandma are what keep me coming back for more. Imagining what these two wonderful characters will get Stephanie into next doesn’t come close to what Ms. Evanovich pulls out of her hat.

    The plot was entertaining and kept me interested all the way through the story. There were several interesting twists and turns that kept guessing the identity of the killer difficult and surprised me when it was revealed who it was. Numerous Ranger moments kept the heat turned up and although I don’t see Stephanie ending up with Ranger, I thoroughly enjoy their interactions.

    Fans of the Stephanie Plum series should enjoy this offering and mark this book as a series favorite. If you are new to the series, you have a lot of catching up to do. This series is best read in order and I promise you will enjoy every bit of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 07-30-14
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Stronger role for Grandma Mazaur in this book"

    I've always liked Grandma Mazaur, and even more so I this book. She has a stronger role than in the past. Stephanie tries life as a butcher when she tires of being chanced by killers and tossed off a bridge into a river. The butcher has a secret and Stephanie finds it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Delta, UT, United States 07-29-14
    David Delta, UT, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "It's Time for Some Character Development"

    Takedown Twenty was a disappointment. The plot was a rehash of the old plots with the surreal and stupid giraffe thrown in.....why I'm not sure.

    I like Stephanie a lot, but she and all the characters are becoming shallow cliches. I would like to see just who her dad and mom really are. It would be great to here Grandma's story - maybe she and Stephanie could spend some time in the dark, held hostage and really get to know each other, and let us get to know them too. We need to find out about Ranger's karma repair, why it's needed and what he is doing to repair it. Lula is awesome - maybe she needs to find a little girl on the street that she can rescue and adopt..... there is a lot to be done, but we are getting a rehash with each new book. Kind of sad that there is so much potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tera Fernley, NV, USA 06-26-14
    Tera Fernley, NV, USA 06-26-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Who doesn't love Stephanie"
    Would you listen to Takedown Twenty again? Why?

    I'd listen again and again. The narrator is perfect and I feel like I live in the burbs! I want Lula to be my best friend.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    The books wouldn't be the same without Lorelei King!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    They are always amusing albeit a little predictable


    Any additional comments?

    There's a whole new set of adventures if you let her get married and have a kid or two! Maybe time to move up and move on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tania 05-15-14
    Tania 05-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my favorite Stephanie Plum book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Takedown Twenty to be better than the print version?

    I normally prefer audio but in this case, I think I have such a picture of the characters in my head that hearing it sort of takes away my preset images.


    What other book might you compare Takedown Twenty to and why?

    Other Stephanie Plumb novels


    Any additional comments?

    story was a little lacking -like it was rushed. Thanks being said, always enjoy a Stephanie Plum novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 03-04-14
    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2010

    New Blues Gal

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    "Funny as Always"

    I thought it was funny but very short. I like the Stephanie Plum series but now all the books are kinda the same. But I'm not ready to quit the series yet.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD HURST, TX USA 02-23-14
    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD HURST, TX USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2000
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    "Nothing new or interesting."
    What disappointed you about Takedown Twenty?

    I have loved this series but it was just a rehash. Nothing new or interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    Yes but not unless she puts effort into a new storyline


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

    Yes. She is excellent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Takedown Twenty?

    All of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Holley Alabama 02-22-14
    K. Holley Alabama 02-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Kountry Kat

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    "TakeDown Twenty is GREAT!"
    What did you love best about Takedown Twenty?

    All of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Babe????? Ranger of course


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

    Here we go again


    Any additional comments?

    Just can't get enough of Stephanie Plum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 02-20-14
    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Same old thing"

    It's the same Stephanie Plum formula with a few new variables.

    Bond capture fails because Lula screws up.
    Stephanie can't decide between Joe and Ranger.
    Bella hates Stephanie.
    Some weird side story.
    Lula gets mad at being called fat.
    They eat chicken and donuts.
    Granny goes to funerals.
    Granny fits the modern granny 'shocking' stereotype.
    Stephanie loses/ruins several cars.
    Stephanie's mom is disappointed in Stephanie's life.
    Stephanie is in peril and Ranger rescues her.
    Stephanie comes through.


    You now have the basic story of the last 5 books. Time to change the formula up.

    Lula is excruciatingly annoying. Granny needs less focus. Stephanie needs to grow up. The narrator is fabulous, despite the terrible stupid story/dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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