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One for the Money Audiobook

One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do?

If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man who took Stephanie’s virginity at age 16 and then wrote details on a bathroom wall. With pride and rent money on the line, Plum plunges headlong into her first case, one that pits her against ruthless adversaries - people who’d rather kill than lose.

The New York Times Book Review calls Stephanie Plum “a Jersey girl with Bette Middler’s mouth and Cher’s fashion sense.” In Stephanie Plum, Evanovich has created a resourceful and humorous character who stands apart from the pack of gritty female detectives.

Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.

©1994 Janet Evanovich (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

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    BRANDY spokane, WA, United States 04-22-13
    BRANDY spokane, WA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best reads in a long while"

    i was told by a co-worker to read this and i couldn't put it down. i enjoyed how colorful the characters are and the picture both the author and the narrator creates.

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    Amazon Customer Warwick, New York, United States 04-21-13
    Amazon Customer Warwick, New York, United States 04-21-13
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    READ the book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator had no emotion. She actually sounded silly. And spoke WAY too fast


    Any additional comments?

    Will never use this narrorator again

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    Kathleen ATHENS, AL, United States 04-13-13
    Kathleen ATHENS, AL, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It only gets better."
    What made the experience of listening to One for the Money the most enjoyable?

    I love the whole series...but I had forgotten how the characters developed over time...especially Ranger.


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    GiGI Hoover, AL, United States 04-03-13
    GiGI Hoover, AL, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Enough!"
    What made the experience of listening to One for the Money the most enjoyable?

    The comical parts of this book made me LOL


    Would you recommend One for the Money to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book as a weekend or 1 week read. I knew that there were a lot of books in this series, however, this one didn't leave me wanting more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes were with the main character's grandmother, she is a hoot. The best and most realistic characters were Ramirez and the hookers.


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    Conrad Halling Somerville, MA 04-01-13
    Conrad Halling Somerville, MA 04-01-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Funny Book; Good Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One for the Money to be better than the print version?

    I can't say, because I haven't read the print book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character, of course, was Stephanie Plum. She's plucky, raunchy, honest, and hilarious.


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

    C. J. Critt's narration brought the conversations to life. Her interpretation of the various characters was understated but sufficient to tell them apart. Women can't imitate men's voices convincingly, and C. J. Critt didn't try, but I could still understand immediately who was speaking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story was interesting enough that, if I'd had the time, I could have listened to it all in one sitting. Life intervenes, however, so I listened in two-hour chunks.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich. I enjoyed listening to it, and I plan to continue with the series.

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    Becca King George, VA, United States 03-30-13
    Becca King George, VA, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm Hooked!"
    If you could sum up One for the Money in three words, what would they be?

    Loved the entire book, plenty of LOL moments. Can't wait to listen to more from the Stephanie Plum series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie; what a trooper, you just gotta love her!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


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    Avaisha Turner Apex, NC USA 03-11-13
    Avaisha Turner Apex, NC USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich? Why or why not?

    This would be a go to series to fall back on if I didn't have anything else to listen to. The reader was good, story was entertaining, however, the mystery wasn't too difficult to figure out by about 1/2 through the book.


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    Rochelle Jones Texas 03-07-13
    Rochelle Jones Texas 03-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Enjoyable!!"

    My mother started reading these sometime when I was in high school, and I can remember we would be sitting there and all of a sudden she would just bust out laughing while reading these books. I have heard both good and bad about this series but dedided to check it out for myself.

    I really enjoyed the storyline of this book, it was refreshing to have a story with a plot that actually had a climax of excitment. I did not have many of the "bent over laughing" moments, but my sense of humor is different from some people, and can say that most of the funny content did make me smirk with appreciation for the humor.

    I appreciate that the narrator actually had the appropriate accent for the characters, but I would have liked to hear her have more voice changes as characters spoke. She did to some extent, but they were not significant enough of a difference to really distinguish the characters from each other.

    Overall it was a good listen. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something different than what they typically listen to. (It doesnt really fit in with the mystery category, and is still different from comedy and humor)

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    Tanya Chandler, AZ, United States 03-07-13
    Tanya Chandler, AZ, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Superb!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very entertaining and flows great. Character development is excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie Plum is my fave character. She's a bounty hunter who finds herself in very odd situations and is not at all smooth.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job. The nuances she portrays comes through.


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

    The first chapter sets the stage for the whole series. It's hilarious!


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    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-05-13
    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best series - read it, don't listen to it."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! What a strident, harsh voice she has. It is like nails on a chalkboard. Her narration ruins a perfectly wonderful story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One for the Money?

    When I read the book there were so many delightful and funny moments that had me literally laughing out loud. Her narration makes the story dull and uninteresting. I actually started and turned this off many times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator of the "Full" series did a great job of having distinct voices for each character - male or female, young or old, Southern or Northern accents - AND it was a pleasant voice to boot. The producers should have kept her for this Plum series.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I love the Stephanie Plum series and have read every one of them - several, many times - I will not waste my credits on any of these stories with this narrator. I recommend that if you are new to this series you READ the books and not spend your credits to listen to the flat renditions. <br/><br/>This series was introduced to me by a patient. Imagine working in the neuro-surgical unit where people have just had brain or spinal surgeries and you hear frequent laughter emanating from a particular room. Naturally I HAD to go in and see what had this patient laughing! She had a pile of books on her bedside table. I had never heard of Janet Evanovich and I actually disliked the romance genre. But she sold me on these stories! Her good friend had insisted she take her stash of books to read during recovery. Suffice it to say, she needed the least amount of pain meds and I discovered an utterly delightful heroine who is a feminine Pink Panther - outlandish scrapes, exploding cars, a couple of hunks that come and go in her life, real nasties as she bumbles in and out of mayhem, some spicy scenes.... Lots of fun. Read them all!

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