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.
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.
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.
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.
Another good Stephanie Plum story. I like the humor Janet Evanovish puts in her books. Keeps you entertained for sure.
One for the Money...
She does a good job of changing her voice to accomidate the character changes. Plus she seems to have a real boston accent which is helpful since the story is based in that area.
I need a friend like Rex
This is the third book from this author that i've listened to ... and my goal to to listen to all of them! Very entertaining in writing and the narrative makes it even more fun to listen to!
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Hysterical, entertaining, good!
Grandma Mazur with her 45!
she is funny with her Jersey accent....she is a good narrator!
yep...would have if I could have....
I like this series....I hope it goes on sale again soon...it is not my genre, but Stephanie Plum is a great MC!
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!)
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