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Faking It | [Jennifer Crusie]

Faking It

Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.
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Publisher's Summary

Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box. Trouble ensues....

©2004 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Crusie has a gift for concocting nutty scenarios and witty one-liners." (People)
"Cruise's fifth novel is an entertaining, fast-paced romp with a pleasing love story at its heart." (Booklist)
"Aasne Vigesaa....spices up the story with a brashness that works for this novel filled with odd characters and amusing plots." (AudioFile)

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    Jan United States 03-25-15
    Jan United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A great book made terrific by the audioperformer"

    Great giggles and loads of fun with believable, interesting characters and interesting, well-developed plot. Art history with a twist, just like the protagonists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia Hendersonville, NC, United States 03-06-15
    cynthia Hendersonville, NC, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Crthesewer"

    Can't tell you how many times I have read the story, listen to the story and every time I enjoy it more and more. I hope you do too.

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    millison 02-02-15
    millison 02-02-15

    My hands are always busy--I'm always working on something, all day long. Audiobooks keep my mind happily occupied, thankyou Audible.

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    "Hysterically Funny"

    I love books by Jennifer Crusie. This one started out a bit slow in my humble opinion, but it picked up after a short while and I was hooked. Crusie's signature style involves equal parts mayhem, humor and romance. Plus she's a dog lover--there's always a dog somewhere in her story. Great read, somewhat disappointing narration but it was still very enjoyable.

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    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 04-30-14
    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 04-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    "One of my favorites"

    I saw the other review, and realized I had to put in my two cents. I love this book. I've listened to it numerous time. But I LOVE Jennifer Crusie's writing style in general..the snark, sarcasm, the fast pace, the almost non-linear, border line nonsensical-ness of it all! I mean you have drag queens, art forgery, con men, and hit men all wrapped into one...it's going to be a wild ride (which is another great book). I love Tilda and Davey, the whole caper reminds me of the 40s screwball comdies...and well, a little bit like my nutty family. That said, I thought the narrator did a great job on the varying voices and especially the crazy fast pace. Makes me want to listen again!

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    teresa 02-03-14
    teresa 02-03-14
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    "everybody is faking something"
    What did you love best about Faking It?

    just when I thought I knew what was going to happen....it was something else, very surprising.


    What did you like best about this story?

    all the twists and turns


    What about Aasne Vigesaa’s performance did you like?

    all the different voices were done so well, I knew who was speaking even before she said the name


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    everybody is faking something


    Any additional comments?

    loved welcome to temptation and faking it, is there another one? I love to start a new book already knowing some of the characters

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    Katherine 11-14-13
    Katherine 11-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "French Farce Meets Love Story"
    Any additional comments?

    The book is kind-of a French farce with a damsel in distress and a knight in somewhat tarnished armor. It was delightful to listen to during my 80-minute commute each way. Sad moments leavened the silliness to keep the story interesting and the plot moving briskly. I think it definitely was worth the credit!

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    Amy J 09-05-13
    Amy J 09-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Goodnight by any other name . . . ."

    This book is . . . . great. Which should not be a huge shock considering it is written by Crusie and narrated by Vigesaa. This dynamic duo teamed up on "Welcome to Temptation" another great listen and while not exactly a prequel to this book they do have some over lapping characters so it is fun to have listened to both. I loved loved loved all the Goodnights and the strays they have picked up along the way and wish I could know them all in real life or even better to sit in on a poker game. Every character in this novel no matter how prominent of role they had in the plot were multidimensional. Ms. Cruise is so talented when it comes to bringing her characters to life and they seem like they could be real people and they\ way they interact with each other makes me lover her stories. She does an exceptional job "pacing" the book, they are a fun listen from start to finish. This book contains wit, humor and heat and often in the same scenes. I would recommend this novel to anyone with a sense of humor or split personalities or likes a little romance, art, music, dogs, cross-sticks and or movies. I kept hoping this book would go on and on and the worse thing I can say about it is that it ended. Davey and what's her name, I hope to see you pop up again in a later Cruise novel.

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    Nancy Naples, FL, United States 08-06-13
    Nancy Naples, FL, United States 08-06-13
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    "Loved ALL the people in this story."

    I want to live with this family! I didn't want this story to end. I want to know more - I hope, hope, hope Ms. Cruise is penning further adventures.
    Ms. Vigesaa made me beleive in each character - each person has a different voice. She is very emotive.

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    Golden Penny TN 07-26-13
    Golden Penny TN 07-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "FUN! Davy's hilarious story!"

    Coming right at you- Davy Dempsey's Story. And of course, Davy's story couldn't be very straight forward, could it. Thats what makes him the most cunning of the Dempsey's. So when you throw: Betty, Veronica, Scarlet and ....wait... yes Matilda, or shall we call her Tilda... you get one hell of mix- plus alot of names to keep track of. And she's not the only one wandering around with multiple "identities". Hello Louise. Plus add Pops into the story mix and its just one big 'ole Dempsey party with a Clea on top. literally. Has plenty of humor to keep the story moving (plus the narrator doesn't pause of a breath - which definitely keeps the pace going). Although it could have more in the romance department, its enough to be satisfying. All in all a great story. I will probably wait awhile to re-read, but if you know me- even CONSIDERING re-reading is a compliment (blame it on a short attention span). While the beginning of the book was a bit of a snooze, wait until half way and just hold on for the ride in the closet of your life!

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    Kristiina 05-12-13
    Kristiina 05-12-13
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    "Crazy, fun and loving."
    Where does Faking It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favourite books of all time. When I'm feeling down I often return to this particular book. I love it not because of the romance, which is wonderful, but because of the loving family it describes. They're not perfect. Actually their lives are out of control (like real life often is) but they survive because of the love and trust they have for each other.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. They embrace their craziness.


    Have you listened to any of Aasne Vigesaa’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but she is excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book makes me happy.


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