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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.

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 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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    Gina PLEASANTON, CA, United States 01-21-15
    Gina PLEASANTON, CA, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    My. Favorite books are the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. The reader of this book, CJ critt, is an amazing reader as well. I really hear the different people's personalities as she reads the book. I highly recommend the series to anybody!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda CHESTER, VA, United States 01-07-15
    Linda CHESTER, VA, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Comical detective work. Kept my interest."

    loved it. I started this series with a newer version, which captured my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Seigler 04-04-14
    J. Seigler 04-04-14 Member Since 2013

    "I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled."

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    "Stephanie's at it again, but who is the old lady?"
    What made the experience of listening to Two for the Dough the most enjoyable?

    Content, Content, Content - Consistent Janet Evanovich! Witty and funny plus adventure. Stephanie is a "pitt-bull..." according to Joe Morelli, "when it comes to cases", and she doggedly (see what I did there?) pursues her cases while fending of Morelli - great fun and great story too! This time Stephanie is knee deep in 'burg bad boys and caskets!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephanie and Joe - hot, hot, hot.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I am not sure why they picked this narrator - she sounds like a 60 year old woman who has been smoking and drinking for 40 years, raspy and aged. Stephanie is supposed to be 30 years old (from One for the Money) so why voice her with a whisky/cigarette voiced older woman? The narator also has a timing issue, every. word. comes. out. as if. it. is. a. complete. sentence. And you can hear every intake of breath - distracting to say the least. That being said - her New Jersified "burg" accent is spot-on and I find her totally believable when she is discussing Stephanie's neighborhood and lifestyle, it is just her perceived age that gets me - I flip back and forth between a sexy 30 yr old that Ranger and Joe Morelli are drooling over and the 60 yr old that she sounds like... Hopefully the later books are voiced by a younger sounding woman.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - but that is not really my style, audible books are for sitting in the daily commute, so they usually take me a few weeks of 3040 mins at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LuAnn Clinton, Iowa, United States 03-12-14
    LuAnn Clinton, Iowa, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Stephanie Plum"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The Stephanie Plum characters is definatly one to leave you laughing.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    This book made me laugh out loud. You get use to the strange looks people give you because you laugh out loud a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 10-03-13
    Zulu 10-03-13
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    "Getting funnier"

    Now that we've got the main characters established we can get into funnier situations. I love Grandma Mazur, what a character. You have two hunky men in Joe and Ranger, although we haven't seen that much of Ranger yet. Love all the wise cracks and situations Stephanie Plum gets into trying to do her job as a bounty hunter. Even though she's a little inept she still manages to get the job done and keeps you laughing as she does it. Also love her relationship with her pet hamster Rex. Poor thing had a little scare in this one.

    The narrator is perfect for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen ATHENS, AL, United States 04-13-13
    Kathleen ATHENS, AL, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still gets better"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this series...I've read them all, and am now listening to them from the beginning. They are good now, but they get even better. If you like Ranger now, just wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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