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 )
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
Janet Evanovich writes very funny stories. Thank you so much for the laughter. Thank you and keep me laughing......
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.
A different narrator
The plot is interesting and the characters slay me
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..
None---the characters are all well-drawn.
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.
The main character needs more dimension.
I can't think of anything.
Not really. I had to force myself to go back to it a few times.
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.
No comparison just good and truly enjoyable listening.
She is broadening the characters quite nicely. Good job.
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.
Todd W. Brown
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!
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.
Makes me laugh when the Grandmother gets involved in sluthing
Stephanie Plum and her adventures in recovery agent, then using her grandmother to help. Too funny how it all ends up.
The NJ accent in the characters are believable.
When the grandmother looks through Stephany Plum's pocket book.
Almost makes me want to try to be a recovery agent for the money.
My first Evanivich series was Fox and O'Hare, which I loved. I thought I would try the Plum series. This book was meh!
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