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 )
fun, humorous, silly
It moved along quickly
nothing extreme but I did laugh at times
Although I enjoy the Plum series, I don't know if I can read or listen to 19 of them. For me, although I love the sarcasm, she can be too silly.
This is the worst I ever heard of the autio books by Janet Evanovich. It was verey hard to figure out who was talking in this book. C J Critt does not change her voice at all, makes it hard to determind who is talking.
Good Question, it would have been better with a different reader.
This story has some very entertaining characters; however, the profanity destroys what could have been a great book.
Retired Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.
I knew this book would be a funny romp in the continued life of our favorite bounty hunter. Unfortunately, I'll have to read all about it, because after just a couple of chapters, I simply could not continue with the horrible narration. How could you take a classic series like this one and destroy the humor, the prosody, the timing? Do I sound disappointing? You bet I am. I seldom toss an audio title, even if the narration is suspect. But this one? The only direction I'll take here will be towards my Nook where I know I'll enjoy the tale. Shame on you. I paid for this title. Shame on me.
The sexual tension between Stephani and Moreli. All the characters that make up Stephanies' family.
When Stephanie finds a cat in Rex's cage. Thank goodness for the soupcan!
So funny how she does the mother. And yet kinda tuns me on when she does Moreli and Ranger. Very confusing, but brilliant.
Laugh and laugh and laugh.
I am planning on listening to the entire series.
This has a good story line and charater development. Some good laugh out loud parts.
I liked the narration and CJ Critt gets the personalties right.
This is a pass my driving time with a good story.
Yes, the charaters are great. They seem to be real people. By no means perfect, but unlike so many other authors, Ms Evanovich realizes that flaws are what make a person interesting. There is no cookie cutter characters in this book. Honestly, it is refreshing.
First Grave on the Right by D. Jones. Again the characters appears to be real people and not the same old stereotypes.
The individual voices make this a joy to listen to. There is no need to wonder who is speaking
This is an entertaining book.
At the top
Mostly, not as good as the first. But I do like how Stephanie is always in trouble.... keeps it interesting
Yes, Still as good
Say something about yourself!
Bought for myself
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.25
Audio Rating 3.75
NOTE: I am know I am one of the last people ever to start reading this series but better late than never right? It is as fun (so far) as people said. Stephanie Plum is one hot mess :)
Audio Review: C.J. Critt actually did a wonderful job with the narration. My problem was with the long pauses between chapters. I am guessing that it is because the book may have been recorded for cassette tape rendering.
Quick Review: Since most people have read the Stephanie Plum series there isn't much I can add about what a joy the stories are. In the 2nd book there still isn't a whole lot of the choose Team Morelli or Team Ranger stuff. Right now I am Team Grandma Mazur---that woman is a hoot. Since most of this book took place in and around a funeral home (one of her favorite pasttimes is to attend funerals), she was in the story a lot. Stephanie, Ranger, and Morelli were also fantastic though Ranger's role was a bit limited. Overall, if you are looking for a fun mystery series with great characters then I would highly recommend reading these books.
This book was fun - it is funny and the writing is clever. Stephanie Plum does some ridiculous things that make you laugh, so it is kind of refreshing to have a comedic mystery story instead of a serious one for a change. I would recommend this series for light reading.
This series is similar to other mysteries written by female authors, but is much better and more lighthearted than say the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen.
She was upbeat and comical with her reading which fit with the personality of the character.
It didn't keep me listening like others, but it was enjoyable and I was excited for the next time I got to listen.
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