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.
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.
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.
Yes, this goes back to who awesome the books from 4 - 10 were. For a while her books just got stag-net, this is amazing
yes, excellent as always
I just saw a giraffe walking down fremont
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.
Some of the reviews say the series is getting old…wall yes but I still enjoy the series. It is predictable but I love it just for the fun of it. So if you mind the same story told again and again but love the series, give it a listen. I think if I were reading the book I would have given up long ago but Loreli King does a great job.
would definitely recommend highly this book and the previous 19 !!!!!
Edge of your seat - fast paced- great story and lots of turns that you can actually keep track of
I dont know how she does it - all the change in characters she brings to life - the feeling the delivery - amazing
Yes - If I could have listed through work I would have - as it was every free moment was listening to this book -
Even as I was listening I was hoping it would go on and on - now I cant wait for the next book
Loralei King is a great narrator as usual, but the Stephanie Plum theme is just played out.
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 am an avid eclectic reader.
Stephanie Plum, bond enforcement agent, with side kick Lulu must track down a mob boss charged with murder. It turns out that the boss is Stephanie’s boy friend Joe Morelli’s uncle and everyone in the Berg is blocking her from finding him. Morelli’s Sicilian aunt has given Stephanie “the eye” twice and is sending her to hell. I read this series for a laugh. The exploits are so outrageous and Stephanie and Lulu are in revolving mayhem. This book has Lulu chasing a giraffe through the streets of the Berg. The giraffe does not seem to be related to anything else in the story. The book is quick easy to read and funny. Makes a good change of pace, get away from it all book but I think the series has run its course and needs to end. The book is narrated by Lorelei King who does her usual good job.
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