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Editorial Reviews

Meet Alexandra Barnaby, a brown-belt insurance clerk from Baltimore who is Evanovich's newest sleuth. Other wacky characters include Alex's missing brother, Wild Bill; a schnauzer addicted to spice cookies; an exiled Cuban warlord; thugs with slicked back hair dressed all in black in the sweltering Florida sun; a NASCAR driver; and Felicia, a gun-toting, cigar-rolling Cuban refugee who shoots villains and then worries about the luminosity of her skin. C.J. Critt's narration adds the spice to these quirky characters, making them unforgettable and paving the way for a new series. Her inflections add sizzle to the romance and groans to the silly quips.

Publisher's Summary

Buckle your seat belts. New York Times best-selling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

"Wild" Bill Barnaby's dropped off the face of the earth and big sister Alex heads for Miami, Bill's last known sighting, on a harrowing hunt to save her brother...and maybe the world. Truth is, Alex has been bailing her brother out of trouble since they were kids. Not that Bill's a bad sort. More that he acts first and thinks later. Unfortunately, this time around, Wild Bill will be Dead Bill if Alex doesn't find him in time.

Alex blasts through the bars of South Beach and points her search to Key West and Cuba, laying waste to Miami hit men, dodging Palmetto bugs big enough to eat her alive, and putting the pedal to the metal with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker.

Engaged in a deadly race, Wild Bill has "borrowed" Hooker's sixty-five foot Hatteras and sailed off into the sunset...just when Hooker has plans for the boat. Hooker figures he'll attach himself to Alex and maybe run into Bill. Maybe Hooker can salvage what's left of his vacation. And maybe Hooker'll get lucky in love with Bill's sweetie-pie sister. After all, Hooker is NASCAR Guy. And NASCAR Guy is good at revving a woman's engine.

The race to the finish is hot and hard, taking Alex and Hooker into international waters, exposing a plot to grab Cuban gold and a sinister relic of the Cuban missile crises. Creative cussing and sexual innuendo included.

©2004 Janet Evanovich (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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  • Brian
  • Matthews, NC, USA
  • 12-09-04

Stephanie Plum Goes South

While the names were changed the characters and plot were not. Metro Girl is really just a location and name change for Stephanie Plum. For those that enjoy that series they will enjoy Metro Girl. NASCAR Guy was a little unbelieveable, and I kept looking for LuLu to show up somewhere. Fairly fun light humor. Okay for the commute to work listen.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

what metro?

OK, I'm pretty used to Evanovich's other novels (?), (the non- 'other' being the Stephanie Plum type), and this one is not worse nor better than the others. Even if I don't understand the title (although Barney does state several times that she's from Baltimorewhich is a metro area), the premise is typical Evanovich. However...the reader! I keep trying to hear my own head-reading and it's nothing like what my ears are hearing. Sorry, but she should never read a man part; nor a Spanish-Cuban part. She's very distracting. So distracting that I can't even remember her name, which was, I think, mentioned at the start of the book. It should remain unmemorable -- except for remembering not to read her books again.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Metro Girl keeps You Interested

Although she introduces us to new characters, there is not a big difference to her other characters. But I liked it just the same although it wasn't as funny as Stephanie Plum but an easy listen and it did keep you interested enough to put the next CD in...if you like Janet Evanoviches other characters you'll enjoy this one I sure did.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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GIRL FIXES CARS MEETS GUY WHO DRIVES CARS

If you could sum up Metro Girl in three words, what would they be?

GOOD CLEAN FUN

Who was your favorite character and why?

Judie, great character with a quick humor.

What does C.J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Keeps the pace up so you don't want to stop listening. Good reader.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Janet
  • Pinehurst, NC, USA
  • 12-30-04

English as a second language?

I like Evanovich and might have liked this book a lot more in print than audio. Great literature it isn't, but her novels are fun and light, usually providing a few hours of entertainment. I listened to this reader mispronounce geographic names, and semi-tolerated her dramatization of the hero, transforming him from Texan charmer to half-wit redneck. But Critt's main sin was making what should have been a fast-paced book proceed with such deadly sloth I could have been listening to English instruction for non-speakers. Next time get rid of Critt!!! Lorelei is a little cloying, but at least she moves the story along. Better yet, see if Jean Smart is available.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable

I disagree with other listeners that this is just another version of a Stephanie Plum novel. The characters are original and the story line is good. The female lead is quite different and a bit tougher than Stephanie. the similarity lies in the author's writing style, humor, and wacky characters. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Dianne
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 01-23-18

Bad narrator

I think that I would have liked it if it had a better narrator, this one sounds too old and too gruff.

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Poor choice for narrator

Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or C.J. Critt?

I find the Stephanie Plum series amusing. C.J. Critt was a poor choice for this book. Her voice cannot pass for a 30 year old.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot needed some work, but was believable enough.

Would you be willing to try another one of C.J. Critt’s performances?

C.J. Critt did not make me feel that she was the main character. She often sounded like she was not enjoying what she was doing. She should stick to narrating a character closer to her own age.

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Reader was bad

Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or C.J. Critt?

The narration was awful, I got through half of the first chapter and turned it off.

What could Janet Evanovich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Find a better narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of C.J. Critt’s performances?

NO

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointed!

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Meh

Basically a knock of her Stephanie Plum books but not as good.... almost all the same characters just the names and places have changed, just not a bounty hunter in this book series..... ok read, not worth a full credit in my opinion.