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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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    Julie Middleton, WI, USA 10-17-08
    Julie Middleton, WI, USA 10-17-08
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    "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."

    I had to write my first review of an audiobook. I got Faking It out from the library after listening to Welcome to Temptation. I liked WtT and the narrator did an awesome job. When I tried to read Faking It I just couldn't get in to it---I think I got bored and overwhelmed. One of the few times I forced myself to read something. So I surprised myself by getting the audiobook. What a difference!!!! I don't think it was just going through the book again. Hearing it read, I understood references and picked up on rich details I had missed in the book. I felt connected to the characters and less irritated by the secondary characters like Eve and Andrew etc. And once again, the narrator is fabulous in managing the voices of so many characters. Clea's voice is memorable from WtT but I give the narrator credit for being able to bring back Davy's voice (more subtle)from his brief parts in WtT. This is one example of where the audiobook was so much better than the written page, and let me tell you I LOVE my books. I think you will like this one. The Audio version increased my rating by 2 stars.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    10-02-08
    10-02-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Sequel"

    Jennifer Crusie is one of the cleverest, and funniest of the modern romance writers. This book is a sequel to her book, Welcome to Temptation, and continues the story of the Dempseys with Davey Dempsey coming heart to head with a similarly bent family, the Goodnights. He meets his match in Tilda, along with the art world, which, bar none, is filled with more con artists and tricksters than even the Dempsey clan could imagine. This is a very entertaining book, especially if you are at all familiar with the art world. Read Temptation first, but do not miss this continuation.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    HYoung 12-18-10
    HYoung 12-18-10
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    "love this audiobook"

    Faking It is by far my favorite Jennifer Crusie book and Aasne Vigesaa is the perfect narrator for it. I've listened to this audiobook many times and it has never failed to make me laugh. Really a fun listen and I just LOVE that Davy Dempsey!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 11-09-08
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 11-09-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Belly laughs, upbeat, intriquing..."

    I loved Fast Women, Welcome to Tempation is my all time JC favorite book. I had to read Fakin It because I really like Davy Dempsey. Temptation is still my favorite, Sophie&Fin are a lovely love story. JC is such a good writer. This narrator took some getting accustomed to(just for me)but she is just soooo good. She taught me to really listen before I critized. My apologies!She is really really good. Worth the purchase!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 03-19-10
    Susan 03-19-10
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    "Author + Narrator = Perfection"

    I bought and read this audiobook a long time ago, after reading Welcome to Temptation, which I also enjoyed. I loved the plot, the characters, and the fact that Davy is supportive and respectful of Tilda. I kept expecting him to turn into a cad... just a great story. Also, for me, the cadence of the narration fit so perfectly with the style of dialog and the tone of the book that this is now my favorite Crusie book and one of my all-time favorite books, period. I will listen to anything Aasne Vigessa narrates. In fact, I've bought at least two other books based on that alone, and was not disappointed. I wish she would do more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 06-09-12
    Lulu 06-09-12
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    "This Was Fun"

    I read this after Welcome to Temptation, because I really enjoyed that book and knew this had some of the same characters. It was a real surprise to find I liked this even better. I thought that the narrator was a great fit, her voice was just irreverent, sarcastic and casual enough. It added just the right touch. The conversations between the two main characters reminded me of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday. The one-liners flew fast and furious. Every single character in this book was well developed and warranted at least a novella for themselves.

    The plot was thin, but that was fine, because the characters and the dialog were what mattered.

    I've listened to most of Jennifer Crusie's books in the last two years. None of them are terrible, most are good, but she can be inconsistent. Listening to her dialog is sometimes difficult because most sentences end with "he said" and "she said". Enough that sometimes that is all you hear. But it wasn't a problem at all on this book. The narration was spot on.

    If you want to read something light and funny with dialog so sharp I had to go back to the 1930's to match it, I recommend this book heartily.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Shenton Park, Australia 05-15-11
    Hugh Shenton Park, Australia 05-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "One for the Chicks"

    I enjoy a good con/heist story. But this was not one. I would classify it as Chick Lit - which may be OK if you are into the genre, but is was not for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Novita Schenectady, NY, United States 10-28-10
    Novita Schenectady, NY, United States 10-28-10
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    "Amazing Book"

    I love this author. This book was great, funny and interesting. I loved the love story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Woy Woy, Australia 09-14-08
    Carolyn Woy Woy, Australia 09-14-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Average"

    Not as good as "Fast Women" and because i enjoyed that so much I expected more from this one. It had its good moments and did show the authors usual humour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P La Jolla, CA, USA 07-11-10
    P La Jolla, CA, USA 07-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Light Read"

    Frothy, light, listen. Not much character development and an unbelievable plot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Back with the Dempseys"

    This time we meet the brother, Davey, as he tries to track down his stolen money and some forged paintings. More whacky characters are introduced as an ailing art gallery tries to stall bankruptcy through nefarious means.

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