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The Heist: A Novel | [Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg]

The Heist: A Novel

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.
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Publisher's Summary

From Janet Evanovich, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, best-selling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail - particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman...even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work...if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

©2013 Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Relax n' Read Arkansas 07-20-13
    Relax n' Read Arkansas 07-20-13 Member Since 2010

    Dawn

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    "Hilarious - Great characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Heist the most enjoyable?

    I loved Scott Brick as the narrator. His voice and the personality he inflected for the characters was perfect. He has the perfect timing in his rhythm for comedy too. Truly a joy to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was really good. I wasn't sure what to expect after listening Pros and Cons - seemed a little too far fetched concept but this one was good. Still need to understand this is a fun fiction book. You are reading this book for the fun of it, not looking for the meaning of life in it. It is a fun story and the stage is set for future books. I can't wait.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I would have to say that both Kate and Nick were really good, but I loved Nick the most, probably because his voice/personality came through and allowed you to understand why he did what he did.


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

    I laughed out loud several times through the book, shook my head at others and had to wonder how they were going to get out of several of the situations. I knew the answer as the story happened a couple of times, but there were several I had to listen to carefully for the solution to the dilemma.


    Any additional comments?

    I figured that with these two authors it was going to be a good book and I wasn't disappointed. Add Scott as narrator and I loved it. Thanks

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    Moriah Duncan, OK, United States 07-18-13
    Moriah Duncan, OK, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "good story, bad narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was a good story despite the narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    His voice just didn't fit the characters. It could very possibly be because he narrated a very depressing series of books and his voice just makes me think about that series.


    Any additional comments?

    The story wasn't great, but it was good. I would have probably liked it much better if there had been either a female narrator or if I had read it.

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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 07-15-13
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 07-15-13
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    "Good Story"
    What did you love best about The Heist?

    I liked how each additional character was introduced into the book. They all worked well providing the skills they had. It showed excellent team work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heist?

    When Willie was shot in the head. I was really surprised because I didn't know what was going on. They never told you about the con so when it happened and they played it off it was quite genious.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Blah, Blah, Blah. Scott Brick did great for Nick and Kates dad but that was it. I HATED the way he portrayed Kate O'Hare. Loreli King would have never made a female character sound so damn whiny. She sounded weak and hard headed.


    Any additional comments?

    It might be just me but I'm getting kind of tired of Janet Evanovich writing main female characters that are toothpick thin that eat nothing but junk food. This chick was always stuffing her face with the unhealthiest foods she could find and yet she was still described as having a toned and disciplined body. That just annoys the hell out of me. And why a man would find a women pigging out on food all the time attractive is beyond me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abbe Olney, Il, United States 07-13-13
    Abbe Olney, Il, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I kept waiting for something to happen..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I listened to the entire book. I kept thinking that maybe the authors were laying the groundwork for the plot. I was bored listening to it. I love the Plum series.


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

    The characters are boring and predictable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 07-13-13
    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2010

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "Like John Corey? You'll love Kate!"

    If you like Nelson DeMille's wisecracking John Corey, you'll become a fan of Kate's.She is cut from the same irreverent cloth.
    I have to praise Scott Brick. He does not attempt to make female voices that annoying falsetto that so many narrators use. He is one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen HOPKINS, MN, United States 07-09-13
    Kathleen HOPKINS, MN, United States 07-09-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Don't Expect a Plum, but a Story Worth a Listen"

    I liked this book, because I did not expect another Stephanie Plum. No laugh out loud, zany characters, but quirky enough to hold my interest. This book leaves the cozy behind and is definitely a suspense novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the edgier story line.
    Scott Brick delivered a strong performance, as the narrator, more in line with a suspense novel.
    I want to see this group of characters become a new series. Bottom line, if you are looking for a "Plum light", this is not the story for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 07-09-13
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Was expecting more. . ."

    I'm a big fan of both authors and was hoping for better characters, more laughs and a more memorable story. It wasn't terrible, but for the most part largely forgettable. I don't feel that I wasted my time listening to it, but it's not a book I'd read twice.

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    Carolyn ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 07-09-13
    Carolyn ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Not my favorite"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, but this is not as funny. That said, there was some humor in the book, and I enjoyed the story. I frequently pick books because Scott Brick is the narrator, but he was not the right choice for this book. He was too serious and skimmed right over the humor in the book.


    Would you recommend The Heist to your friends? Why or why not?

    I might recommend the book to friends, but I cannot give it a rave review.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Lorelei King brings all of Evanovich's characters to life and highlights the humor in the books.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be interested in seeing how these characters develop in future books, but I will probably read the next one and not listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William OLYMPIA, WA, United States 07-09-13
    William OLYMPIA, WA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2008

    Drive for work and listen all day long. Audible is a God send as it lifts me from traffic and off to an adventure!!

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    "It was good but not great,"

    The plot line has been done over and over. That was the stale part as we have heard the story before. Bad guy switches sides and saves the day. It was cool as a common Scott Brick type of book and Scott brick can really read life into a story. But not really the best.

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    Lisa M. Ludwig Metairie, louisiana, United States 07-08-13
    Lisa M. Ludwig Metairie, louisiana, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2006

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    "I love everything about The HEIST"
    Would you listen to The Heist again? Why?

    Scott Brick is fabulous and I loved the story line. The story was fresh, fast paced and entertaining. I laughed out loud and was tickled by much of the dialog and banter. This was an excellent book and I expect to see it as a movie in theaters in the future. I can also imagine the second in a series coming soon.


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

    Scott Brick is one of my favorites. He is much more than a reader. I always scan to see what his latest book might be. His voice is that of an actor with no irritating habits or intonations. He brings so much to an excellent book, one of the best!


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