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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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    andrea North Egremont, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 12-26-13
    andrea North Egremont, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "same old, same old, same old"
    What disappointed you about Takedown Twenty?

    Same plot line and behavior of the characters, except for the giraffe which made no sense at all.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment - I had to re-listen to one of the early books to remind myself why I used to enjoy them so much.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Hamilton, Bermuda 12-15-13
    Phyllis Hamilton, Bermuda 12-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "time to stop"
    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    When I started reading this series I could not get enough and now I say ENOUGH! Stop.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I love Kings narration she makes the books.


    Was Takedown Twenty worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Evanovich is such a talented writer but this series needs to stop. I would love it if she began another comedy series.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 12-14-13
    Mary 12-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fonzie has jumped the shark"

    You remember when Fonzie jumped the shark on Happy Days, and you knew the series had exhausted itself? This is the case here. There were jokes word-for-word from other books. The laughs were few. This entry has a very contrived plot with a poor effort to tie it all together in the end. Again Stephanie is bemoaning her life and job. I've heard this book before.

    Let me say that the Plum series is one that I've loved dearly and have listened to the books 7 to current over and over and over when I need a laugh. I listen from 7 on because of the superior reading skills of Lorelei King. She's the voice of Stephanie, family and friends. CJ Critt fell terribly short. I wish they'd re-release the first 6 books with Lorelei King reading.

    As bad as I hate to think that the Plum series is coming to an end, we all know it's time...I'm waiting for a wedding full of mayhem and hilarity which should be the inevitable conclusion to the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 11-29-13
    bebe South Carolina 11-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Stuck in the Mud"
    Any additional comments?

    Okay, Ms Evanovich, let's get moving. This is the same old stuff recycled, but a lot less of it. The book is only a little over 6 hours long. Plum is still wavering between Morelli and Ranger, which got old about six or seven books ago.

    I think Ms. Evanovich is tired of writing this series, which means it is time for her to write the last book - but PLEASE make it a satisfying ending with no loose ends and the reader having to guess who Plum chooses or what happens in her future life.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    melrailey Georgia, United States 11-24-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Classic Stephanie Plum"

    In this twentieth book in the Stephanie Plum series, we see Stephanie bumble as a bounty hunter, waver between Morelli and Ranger, catch something on fire and destroy a car. Yep, it's the same story as before. There's not anything new here but it is more of the same fun that we've come to love from Stephanie Plum novels. Lorelei King continues to be one of the top narrators out there and makes the books worth listening to. And I think it's the audiobook that makes the difference. I would get frustrated with the physical books but with Lorelei King's narration, the book is a great escape.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Katy, TX, United States 12-27-13
    Alan Katy, TX, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "First Bad Plum Novel"
    What disappointed you about Takedown Twenty?

    I've liked and recommended every Plum novel until now. It just dragged.


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


    Any additional comments?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 12-13-13
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 12-13-13

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Great characters; same old storyline"

    I love the characters of Stephanie, Ranger, JOE, Lulu, grandma, etc but the storyline hasn't changed for several books. The dialogue is snappy and the description of Jersey life is still funny but it's like watching a rerun for the 10th time. While I was listening, my mind kept wandering and I can't for the life of me remember how it ended. As always, the narrator was excellent.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Topeka, KS, United States 12-12-13
    Peter Topeka, KS, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I want it to end!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was strongly wishing this was the final book, and if so I would have jumped with joy, and sang out. I've stuck with Stephanie Plum the whole way through, but the last 5 or so books I've been done. Nothing new is happening. I need a conclusion and quick or I might just stop listening.


    What could Janet Evanovich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Accepted the fact that her readers are ready for a finish, and concluded the book.


    What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

    I was disappointed years ago when she switched narrators, but I've come to like her. She can be a little over the top at times, but I do enjoy her.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, a lot of eye rolling, and a few internal laughs.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop don't even start the series. It's good, but it's gone on way too long.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lara 12-09-13
    Lara 12-09-13
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    "Very disappointing!!!"
    What disappointed you about Takedown Twenty?

    I have read/listened to ALL of her books. I have LOVED them ALL, until this one. To me, it seemed like she was just trying to get a book out. I can't believe that editors did not get on her with the story line. She had characters in this book that were in old ones (Antwon Brown) and she introduced him like he was a new character!
    To top it off, was the RANGER/MORELLI SAGA. The end of the last book had Ranger coming by... As he needed a date. Then in this book you think it will pick up from there... But it doesn't. None of the good romance saga in this book, no real adventures with Lula or her Grandma--very boring. The worst part was in regard to the story line re animals. How disgusting!!!!!! I can't believe she went there. Poor choice in this one Janet.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    Yes--- I loved the other books. Hoping she will improve in the next one.


    What aspect of Lorelei King’s performance would you have changed?

    Her characters are starting to overlap. She often sounds like old character voices in new characters. But I luv L. King!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was just ok, blah blah... Too predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope she reads the reviews, but I think she has stated before that she does not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terri 12-06-13
    Terri 12-06-13
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    "Maybe I've outgrown Stefanie,LuLu, & the gang.Sigh"

    Loralei King is a great narrator as usual, but the Stephanie Plum theme is just played out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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