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)
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This story opens with a giraffe and a tranquilizer dart in a thugs butt. Just when you thought you seen it all with Stephanie, you don't come close. This novel is a good improvement over the last. Lula is in fine form with some excellent one liners. All of the central characters are back and so is the love triangle between Ranger, Morelli and Stephanie.
This particular story opens up very slowly and even in the middle of the novel, there is not much life to it. The sad fact is that this series in long in the tooth for those of us who have read them all. Evanovich does a reasonable job making this novel stand-alone. That is, if you read book 20, you will at least follow all of the ins and outs of the story and appreciate the characters.
Evanovich needs to find a new way to breath life into this series and make some decisions for crying out loud. Or perhaps, a mega size novel to wrap it all up and start a new series with different characters. I am luke warm on this Takedown Twenty; an improvement over the last I admit; but not too much.
I have read all of the author's other books but was disappointed in this one. The narrator did way too many characters. They needed to pair her up with a man. After reading her other 19 books you picture what the characters would sound like, but having a woman doing a man's voice just didn't cut it for me.
I enjoy Stephanie Plums antics
This book was entertaining. Yes, the series has become pretty predictable but it still makes me laugh out loud. I enjoy when Ranger's cars get blown up and/or totaled. I like when Bella gives Stephanie the eye. I like that there is a love triangle. Joe and Ranger are great characters and if Stephanie finally picks one, the other will probably fade away or maybe get his own series. King does her usual great job. I can't imagine anyone else as Stephanie.
story is just too silly
it is just a waste of good reading time. Used it to sleep by.
it was ok.
New Blues Gal
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.
Absolutely. The reader and story keeps you engaged
After 20 books, it's still interesting.
I love the way she conveys Stephanie. She is so relatable.
I have loved this series but it was just a rehash. Nothing new or interesting.
Yes but not unless she puts effort into a new storyline
Yes. She is excellent.
All of it.
All of it.
Babe????? Ranger of course
Here we go again
Just can't get enough of Stephanie Plum.
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.
I love Stephanie and the cast of characters in the Plum series. Keep 'em coming. This one has many laugh out loud moments for me. When I listen to a Plum book, I am not looking for an education or "serious literature." I want a mystery, interesting characters, a laugh here and there, and a story that carries me along with it as it unfolds. This one delivers. I'll be listening many more times in the future.
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