Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.
Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.
©1999 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"The first must-read of the new year." (Kirkus Reviews )
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Ok...this is mildly funny. I can not deal with more of the same. How many books can I listen to the same story with different players. The books are almost entertaining but I expect a new story and this was more of the same and I can not imagine that the next would suddenly shock me with a great new plot. Ms. Plum in a great character and the concept is sound but changing some details and characters does not make the series worth the listen.
I am attracted to stories with lots of humor. This series is satisfying my "giggle quotient" quite nicely!
Stephanie is improving as a bounty hunter, but still has a long way to go. She knows just enough to really dangerous - in the most hilarious ways. I also love her family and they are key players in this story, which I appreciated.
Ms. Critt reads the story very seriously, which makes the humor even more enjoyable. I am used to the Jersey accent now and hardly noticed it at all. (Sorry, not a fan of Jersey accents. Just so you know, I have a midwestern accent and I know that isn't universally loved either, so I hope no one take offense at this comment, because there is no offense intended - just a matter of taste.)
Yes, I laughed throughout this book even more than I did book one. Thanks for the enjoyable listen!
I love Stephanie's family and how "real" this family unit appears to be. I want to be adopted by Grandma Mazur - she steals the show in this book. It is nice to see how much Stephanie loves her Grandma, apricot hair and all! (PS - I think Stephanie gets her style from Grandma Mazur - LOL!)
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(
Friends suggested this series (I bought the 1st 3) as comparable to Marian Keyes work...it is not. A little Stephanie Plum goes a long way.
I have one more to go
No....very hard for me to write this-I wanted it to be over.
I liked the 1st one in the series...maybe the 3rd will be better...
This was my first audio book with my new Kindle and I loved it. Loved C. J. Critts narration of it. She does such a good job with the voice changes of all the characters. The story was very good.
It seemed to progress incredibly slowly and I just couldn't get past the dated 80's feel.
Yes, because I enjoyed the light hearted comedy forced into a serious event.
The endng faded, I could have quit the book before it ended. No expectation of surprise.
The narrator was the best.
No, not without imagination or develop the Morely relationship.
I prefer a series for traveling; one that is fun, entertaining, and clever to the point of distraction.
I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!
The story is good, engaging, sometimes funny but would it kill the author to use the word PURSE???? Seriously. These books weren't written in 1950, who called their purse their pocketbook in the 1990s when this was published??? And why is she constantly referring to her pocketbook and her grandmother's pocketbook, etc, etc, etc. It really, really got on the nerves. The narrator was great, good performance I thought other than the odd mispronounced word.
The narration is still a problem for me, but I grew to ignore it and enjoy the story. It helped to listen to it using the speakers on my laptop, rather than the head phones, because that way I couldn't hear the background noises and C J. Critt's loud breathing while she read.
There were many, and most of them had to do with the grandma. She is hilarious!
Her voice is very nice, but it is older sounding than the main character, and sounds like a woman in her late 50's early 60's. Then her frequent big breaths in, in order to make her 10 to 20 word runs are constant reminders that it is a story you are listening to, rather than an immersion into an adventure, Lastly, and leastly the very long pauses between chapters is a bit confusing, but I learned to "suck it up, and get over it!". I came to enjoy the tale.
The book is fun. The story is interesting, and I am glad I stuck it out.
I rated this one low because of all the reasons I mentioned in this review and on Book 1, but I did not return this one because I do like the characters and I do recommend the series. Just stick with it, it's a fun ride and I do believe it will get better.
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