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Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2 | [Janet Evanovich]

Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"The first must-read of the new year." (Kirkus Reviews )

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    debra richmond, VA, United States 07-13-11
    debra richmond, VA, United States 07-13-11

    Listen and learn. Life is an adventure. Have fun, laugh, and love thy neighbor. Life is too short not to have a good time. Bye

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    "2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny"

    Janet Evanovich writes very funny stories. Thank you so much for the laughter. Thank you and keep me laughing......

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teri-K 12-17-13
    Teri-K 12-17-13
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    "Not loving the narration"

    I won't try to retell the story here, only say that I've read all the current Stephanie Plum novels - the early ones several times each. This is my first time listening to them, however, and I really can only give the narrator an OK. She sounds too old and mature to be Stephanie; Ranger and Morelli sound more cheesy than hot; and worst of all to me, Grandma Mazur comes across as an elderly Italian man. I kept doing double-takes when I realized it was supposed to be Grandma talking. She sounded more like the Godfather to me.

    I liked the story well enough to enjoy listening, but if it had been my first intro to them I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. So I can only recommend these if you know you love the stories or you're pretty forgiving of narrators, I'm afraid.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 07-31-12
    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The story is overwhelmed by the narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is interesting and the characters slay me


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator didn't seem to understand that every sentence doesn't begin with the same inflection and volume. Nowhere did the speaker connect the meaning of the words with the emphasis and volume of the spoken language. It was difficult to listen to the repetition of enormous volume at the beginning of every sentence. Even when the character was awakening, I had to grit my teeth through the relentless excess energy of the narration..


    What character would you cut from Two for the Dough?

    None---the characters are all well-drawn.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E.D. California 05-03-12
    E.D. California 05-03-12 Member Since 2008

    Goldenthreads

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    "Not really my style"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not in my case. I know these books are popular, and I might like it better in print, with some distance, but it just isn't my type of book. I like edgy, but this wasn't that. I have the distinct feeling I would not like to ever go to her part of New Jersey. I just don't like HER, or any of her "friends", for that matter. It's as though something is missing. I take it back, I do like her Grandmother.


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

    The main character needs more dimension.


    What aspect of C. J. Critt???s performance would you have changed?

    I can't think of anything.


    Was Two for the Dough worth the listening time?

    Not really. I had to force myself to go back to it a few times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 06-11-15
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 06-11-15 Member Since 2013

    Tiger Rose

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    "Get Um Stephanie"
    What made the experience of listening to Two for the Dough the most enjoyable?

    Characters have life to them. They stand alone. By voice sound you can distinguish each individual. Makes you not want to stop listening. Sleep came late.


    What other book might you compare Two for the Dough to and why?

    No comparison just good and truly enjoyable listening.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    She is broadening the characters quite nicely. Good job.


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

    I smiled a lot. It gets serious then all of a sudden your laughing because of something you hear. That little Stephanie attitude is starting to come through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 05-23-15
    George 05-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story!"

    I Loved it! I couldn't stop listening to it. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 05-11-15 Member Since 2013

    Todd W. Brown

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    "Just plain fun."

    This started out for me as a series to read simply as research for my own work. I am only two books in, but I am a fan. This is just simple, plain old fun. Stephanie is at it again, and this time, her grandma is the co-star, but she steals the scene every time she shows up. Easily my favorite character.

    Summer is coming, and if you want some mindless entertainment with wit and charm, this is the book series to grab.

    Critt has me hooked with her Grandma voice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fawn Sussex, WI, United States 05-11-15
    Fawn Sussex, WI, United States 05-11-15
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    "Narrator ruined it for me"

    I LOVED listening to Lori Petty narrate the first book... but unfortunately she doesn't read the unabridged versions, which I prefer. C.J. just doesn't do it, like Lori does the Brooklyn accent! I could have really gotten hooked on this series after listening to the first book with Lori Narrating. But if C.J. does all the unabridged, then I'll probably not continue the series. The Abridged versions are way too short and cut too much out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten 03-30-15
    Kirsten 03-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and entertaining"
    Would you listen to Two for the Dough again? Why?

    Makes me laugh when the Grandmother gets involved in sluthing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie Plum and her adventures in recovery agent, then using her grandmother to help. Too funny how it all ends up.


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    The NJ accent in the characters are believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the grandmother looks through Stephany Plum's pocket book.


    Any additional comments?

    Almost makes me want to try to be a recovery agent for the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Karen Sonoma, CA United States 03-06-15
    Dr Karen Sonoma, CA United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not worth reading"

    My first Evanivich series was Fox and O'Hare, which I loved. I thought I would try the Plum series. This book was meh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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