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Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photo: Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist, Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately, the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.

Over at the bail bonds agency, things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii.

Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is... it’s complicated.

Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.
©2011 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Random House Audio

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  • Catherine
  • Decatur, IL, United States
  • 12-26-11

Loving Janet and Stephanie

Better than some of her recent offerings; the story is good, the plot decent, and, as always, Lorelei King is a joy to listen to.
(Spoiler Alert!) It leaves open the possibility that Steph is pregnant!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ellen
  • Columbia, MO, United States
  • 12-19-11

Trenton's Most Gullible Cop!

Truly, is Morelli as naive as he acts or is he so in love with our Stephanie that he doesn't see the heat wave Ranger and Stephanie generate whenever they are in the same state? Great, fast read like all of this series. Diehard Plum Series fans will love it. Lorelei King does an amazing job with the characters and makes me laugh out loud. But really, is Steph ever going to have to choose?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sylvia
  • CULLMAN, AL, United States
  • 12-17-11

Stephanie's fans will like this!

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

LK was as much on her game in 18 as in any of her other Plum narrations.

Any additional comments?

Some one gave this audiobook a review that was less than favorable. I felt I had to write one and tell everyone that this IS a fun book! The plot is not developed with quite as much intensity as, say 16, but it is acceptable. I really enjoyed it that Stephanie has finally loosened up some. As with the other books, there were places where I laughed out loud. I smiled a lot. While it did not keep me on the edge of my (car) seat, I did listen to it whenever I got into the car. I made myself not listen in the house because it is such a lovely distraction while in the car. Even though this story is not as involved or as intense as some of the others, if you like Stephanie, you will enjoy it. It's like hearing news about a friend. I would recommend it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Desoto, TX, United States
  • 12-08-11

FUNNY!

This is a great book, funny and exciting the only draw back is that it isn't long enough. Give me more(lol)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome series, not my favorite book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would wholeheartedly recommend this series to a friend, this book... well I liked the book but would recommend 10 Big Ones over this one any day.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Put more relationship stuff between Stephanie and Ranger. That really brings the story to life.

Was Explosive Eighteen worth the listening time?

Yes, definitely worth listening for a series follower

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  • Nicole
  • Redford, MI, United States
  • 12-06-11

Stephanie Plum at her best? Nope, but still fun.

No, this isn't the best book ever. It's pretty standard for the Stephanie Plum series...not a spectacular storyline, but there was enough action and humor to keep me listening. I really enjoy Lorelei King's narration of Stephanie and the other characters. I've read and/or listened to all the other books in the series, and this one wasn't one of my absolute favorites. Still, diving into a Stephanie Plum story always gets me laughing, and sometimes that's just what I need. If you're looking for a complicated, realistic story, look elsewhere. If you're just looking for a good time, give it a try.

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Lorelei King Rocks!!

The Stephanie Plum novels are great to read, but super to listen to. Lorelei King does such a fantastic job of taking Evanovich's wonderful characters and bringing them to life. I can just picture Lula and Ranger and Stephanie and all the other characters. What a great collaboration between author and narrator!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Plum makes some progress

Well, I did not lol at any point. I think that's a first. I am happy that she has finally woke up & is enjoying both of her men. I mean how could she make a decision without side by side comparison? I am also pleased that she was better at her job in this book. And I am happy as hell that Carl, the bleepin monkey didn't show up. To me this book is laying groundwork for the next couple of books. Which of course I will read.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Stephanie Plum series has me hooked!

If you like the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series (what's not to like?) you will enjoy this next installment. She's still juggling Ranger and Morelli, still has crazy antics with Lula and somehow manages to explode all the cars Ranger loans her. I've read or listened to all the books in this series and am thinking of starting all over now that the earlier books are on audio. (One of the things I really enjoy about the series is the narration by Loralei King)... I guess you could say I'm hooked!

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  • Georgi
  • Ocean Springs, MS
  • 11-30-11

Better than the Last One

I did lol for this one and it is so much better than Smokin' Seventeen was. I hope the next one is even better!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful