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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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!

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    Michelle 02-13-15
    Michelle 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is another hilarious story!"

    Loved it!! Couldn't stop listening! Totally recommend this entire series! Can't wait for the next book!

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    QueenEve 02-11-15
    QueenEve 02-11-15
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    "First time reader/listner"

    This book had me laughing out lloud at work and distrupting the very quiet peace we have around here. I love the humor, it wasn't over done but was right on time so it went perfet with the story and tthe characters. The story was good and the characters were well written. I am not over joyed with the performance unfortunately, there's a lot of audible deep breathes before almost each word or break, the silences at the end of the each chapter makes you think something is wrong with the book or you got cut off somehow, the transitions could be better. I like her voice for Stephanie and some of the other characters but not for grandma and some of the others. These are not deal breakers just my own observations from the other many books I listen to on Audible, this one seems to be choppy and not as polished. I hope they get better with each installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 02-01-15
    Reader 02-01-15

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    "Loved it also"

    Narrator has a nice voice. Hooked and going for number three now! Loved the movie wish there were more of those too!

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    Sarah 01-28-15
    Sarah 01-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very entertaining"

    I love the humour injected into this series. It literally makes me laugh out loud!

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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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