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Hard Eight Audiobook

Hard Eight

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Publisher's Summary

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has a problem: 7-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, is not happy. He and Evelyn signed a child custody bond, and Steven wants the bond money to search for Annie. The money was secured by a mortgage on Evelyn's grandmother's house, and the True Blue Bonds Agency wants to take possession of it.

Finding a kidnapped child is not Stephanie's thing. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, and they're not about to see their neighbor lose her house because of the abduction.

Stephanie follows Annie and Evelyn's trail - and finds a lot more than she bargained for. Steven is somehow linked with the very scary Eddie Abruzzi. Trenton cop and on-again, off-again fiancé Joe Morelli, and Stephanie's mentor, Ranger, enter the scene, and because Stephanie needs Ranger's expertise, she accepts his help - even though it might mean paying some past debts.

Stephanie, Ranger, Lula, and Evelyn's lawyer/laundromat manager set out to find Annie. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds' agent, and the Abruzzi crew. And did we mention there's a killer rabbit on the loose?

This program is produced for mature audiences.

Don't forget to download the rest of the Stephanie Plum series.

©2002 Evanovich Inc., (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"The things Evanovich does so well - family angst, sweet eroticism, stealth shopping, that stunning mix of terror and hilarity - are done better than ever here." (Booklist, Starred Review)
"Evanovich does it again, delivering an even more suspenseful and more outrageous turn with the unstoppable Stephanie." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lisa WHITNEY, TX, USA 03-06-08
    Lisa WHITNEY, TX, USA 03-06-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the series!"

    This is the first time I have read this author and have fallen in love with the Stephanie Plum series. I downloaded all 13 books and listened to them all within a week. I couldn’t wait to hear what adventures (and mishaps!) that Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Lula and the rest of the gang would get into. I’ve read some of the previous reviews. I agree with some and disagree with others. I disagree that it gets old and complacent that Stephanie finds herself in the same situations in every book. It appears to me that Stephanie’s character is just one of those people that trouble and mayhem seem to find. I do agree that narrator Lori Petty is the voice of Stephanie. Narrator Debi Mazar’s accent is a bit heavy for audio books and then after all this Lorilei King takes over as narrator for the rest of the series. While Ms. King’s character voices are awesome (she has such a range!) her Stephanie voice has no Jersey accent at all and sound just a little too “blue blood”. Otherwise Ms. King is a joy to listen to. You will fall in love with Ranger and Joe! Both are too hot to handle……no wonder Stephanie can’t choose between the two!

    Don’t let the narrator changes deter you from listening to this funny charming, and at times mysterious series. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for something light hearted to listen to.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MaryJane Zabinski 06-26-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Hard Eight is fun on a long drive home"

    This is my first Stephanie Plum book and I thought it was a "hoot." Not great literature, but a fun way to pass the time on the way home. I am looking forward to her new book to be released in July.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 11-19-03
    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 11-19-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Humor"

    I found myself laughing at some of the most unususal places. The action would be at a peak and the suspense just killing me and the characters would say or do something that made me burst out in laughter. I loved it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Mendez 10-24-16

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    "Ugh!!! She's the worst"

    I hate this character so much. It is like she never learns from her mistakes. I doubt there is any person out there as incompetent as this fictional character. Also could the performer be any more stereotypical. I miss the old narrator. Nice way of making that fake accent for the one Hispanic character and the ghetto accent for the one black character.

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    Loren Foster 09-29-16
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    "Lean mean thirteen"

    Love all of Stephanie Plum drama, they should be a series on HBO. Funny, exciting, sexual.

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    Angie P. 09-22-16
    Angie P. 09-22-16
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    "Another great read form the Stephanie Plum series!"

    Love all of the Stephanie Plum series!
    And this installment did not disappoint. The story lines are always exciting, sometimes thrilling even a bit scary then always the comedic side added in.
    The characters are so much fun, a great BIG shout out to Lorelei King for an amazing narration, you have made me fall in love with all of the characters even more. My personal fave is Lula, she is a riot but Grandma Mazur is right there along with her. Find myself wishing I could have a day to just hang out with the two of them!!

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    Judy Weltch 09-20-16
    Judy Weltch 09-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "these books are addictive"

    I can't wait for the next one. they are read with lots of energy to.

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    Quack watch 06-12-16
    Quack watch 06-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    Being of Hispanic dissent, the ZH sound the reader makes when Ranger is saying "you" drives me nuts. Why can't he just see you the regular way? That's all. I love these books.

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    Charlene 05-18-16
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    "What's with the music?"

    I love the story and the narrators good, but the music is distracting and annoying to me.

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    jc YORBA LINDA, CA, United States 03-08-16
    jc YORBA LINDA, CA, United States 03-08-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Liked the Story - Wish the Narrator was CJ Critt!"
    What did you love best about Hard Eight?

    This book has an interesting plot, with lots of twists and turns.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The shifting relationship between Stephanie and Ranger, and the addition of Stephanie's sister Valerie to the quirky family mix.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

    Not in this series. C.J. Critt's comedic timing gave the characters in the Stephanie Plum novels "bounce" and made them LOL fun to listen to, and I miss that with Ms. King's performances (particularly for Grandma Mazur and Ranger, both of whom I thought were a hoot in the C.J. Critt narrated books).


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