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.
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!
"I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled."
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!
Stephanie and Joe - hot, hot, hot.
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.
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.
The Stephanie Plum characters is definatly one to leave you laughing.
This book made me laugh out loud. You get use to the strange looks people give you because you laugh out loud a lot.
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