Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
©2013 Random House Audio; 2013 Janet Evanovich
“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)
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.
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.
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.
I've liked and recommended every Plum novel until now. It just dragged.
Same plot line and behavior of the characters, except for the giraffe which made no sense at all.
disappointment - I had to re-listen to one of the early books to remind myself why I used to enjoy them so much.
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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.
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.
Accepted the fact that her readers are ready for a finish, and concluded the book.
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.
Disappointment, a lot of eye rolling, and a few internal laughs.
Stop don't even start the series. It's good, but it's gone on way too long.
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.
Yes--- I loved the other books. Hoping she will improve in the next one.
Her characters are starting to overlap. She often sounds like old character voices in new characters. But I luv L. King!!
It was just ok, blah blah... Too predictable.
I really hope she reads the reviews, but I think she has stated before that she does not.
Loralei King is a great narrator as usual, but the Stephanie Plum theme is just played out.
Not much has changed with the Stephanie Plum story line. Was hoping story would develop into something with more interesting characters. Sad but story was predictable.
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