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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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    Tricia - Audible NJ, United States 04-11-12
    Tricia - Audible NJ, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2010

    Audible Editor constantly in search of my next great listen.

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    "Not Sure if This Makes Me a Proud Jersey Girl"

    Stephanie Plum is not a modern day heroine. She is just another Jersey girl trying to make ends meet in a tough economy. She becomes a bounty hunter after being laid off from her job as an underwear buyer at a department store. This is the perfect premise for a book you want to listen to without having to think, which is exactly what this story delivers.

    Of course, as you would expect, Stephanie does become quite the success at bounty hunting. The various characters you meet are colorful, although a bit clichéd. It is no surprise that Stephanie Plum saves the day, and hooks up with the cute cop who looks like a bad guy, but is really one of the nice guys. This is a fun listen that is not a complete waste of your time, but just barely. Not a low brow as the Jersey Shore, but more on the level of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

    This audiobook would be so much better if it had better narration! I found myself having to rewind and listen again before getting the humor of certain parts. The delivery was just not there. Things that were actually very funny came across as a bad joke. This was disappointing. Still, there is nothing about Stephanie Plum books that should be taken too seriously, even bad narration. These books are mean to be fun, and not much more. While the narration was not the best, I was still able to enjoy the story for what is it. An easy read (or listen) that is mildly entertaining.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-16-12
    David 03-16-12
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    "You don't have to be from Joisy to like Evanovich!"

    All you need is a sense of humor. Actually, you don't even need that. Or a personality. You just have to be able to read, or, in the case of an audible book, listen. Janet Evanovich has given Stephanie Plum enough personality and wit for 10 women. Or men. And with supporting characters like Joe Morelli, Ranger, Lula and Grandma Mazur, all that's necessary is that you read/listen in spurts so you don't die of laughter before the book ends. I'm telling ya, even Rex the hamster, who doesn't even have a speaking part, is funny.

    It also isn't hard to find someone to hate in “One for the Money,” the first book in the Plum novels. Joyce Barnhardt comes to mind. She's the series bitch and Stephanie's arch enemy. Why? She slept with Stephanie's husband-at-the-time, Dickie Orr, and neither got much sleep. Speaking of sex, Stephanie and Morelli have had the on-and-off hots for each other since forever, and have been fighting and flirting since childhood.

    Then there's fellow bounty hunter Ranger. He and Ms. Plum have nothing in common, except a mutual attraction to each other. He's the consummate professional to Stephanie's bumbling neophyte slob. Ranger's an almost vegetarian and she's never met a cheeseburger she doesn't like. But he seems to always turn up when Stephanie needs him, and in "One for the Money," she needs him several times. Heck, she needs a lot of help. A natural at bounty hunting, she isn’t.

    Of course, it also helps to have a fearless family member like Grandma Mazer, who wouldn't back down from a circle saw, and who takes to carrying a pistol (a really big one) in her purse in the next book in the series, "Two for the Dough." She also, much to Stephanie’s dismay, starts tagging along with her on searches for FTAs (failure to appear).

    Bottom line: "One for the Money" is a hoot from start to finish. It will leave you wanting more. Fortunately, there is more. A lot of it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 08-14-15
    Farrell 08-14-15

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Narrator 😔"

    When I read the book it was very funny, listening is OK, but the narrator doesn't have the right timing, so it doesn't come across as funny as reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-24-13
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2017

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Not my Genre, but it was very entertaining!"
    What made the experience of listening to One for the Money the most enjoyable?

    The Narration, and Stephanie Plum herself...she is hilarious!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie Plum....she is a fly by the seat of your pants kinda gal...and trouble follows her everywhere...she is awesome!


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not really, one of my good friends recommended her and this series...I caught them on sale and said what the heck...glad I did!


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

    I practically did...it flows very well and makes you laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Plum..she is a great MC...and I love how she just kinda wings it....cute series...reading #2 now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 05-28-12
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Stepanie Plum Rocks!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One for the Money to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is better than the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characterizations, especially Stephanie Plum. Stephanie had no idea what skip tracing involved and it showed. From her dress to her lack of fire arms training and her reluctance to use a gun, Stephanie was out of her element. If not for some luck and a lot of help from her "friends," Stephanie could have ended up in one of the barrels she found at the marina.


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Stephanie Plum was my favorite character. Even though she took the job just to pay her bills, she ended up peformimg quite well for a novice.


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

    I found this book to be funny on several levels. The comedic elements seemed to come at just the right times to break the tense moments in which Stephanie found herself.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book by Janet Evanovich that I read. I fell in love with Stephanie Plum and will surely continue with the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Cayce, SC, United States 03-05-12
    Jodi Cayce, SC, United States 03-05-12
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    "a fun listen"

    An entertaining listen. You'll be amazed at the messes the main character can get into.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer O Fallon, IL, United States 11-29-11
    Amazon Customer O Fallon, IL, United States 11-29-11

    heaven bound

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    "good read"

    I have read other books by Janet Evanovich and enjoy her stories very much. she keeps you in suspense until the end.

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    Marcheta 11-18-11
    Marcheta 11-18-11 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Good story, wrong narrator"

    I much prefer Lori Petty's reading of the abridged version of One for the Money to C.J. Critt's unabridged version. Petty or Lorelei King would have been preferable for the unabridged version. I noticed that this C.J. Critt version was copyrighted 1995 and the Lorelei King readings started later. I personally prefer more of a performance narration like that of Lori Petty - loved the accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 06-11-12
    Elizabeth 06-11-12
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    "Irritating narrator"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or C. J. Critt?

    I have not finished listening to the book, but it is taking a while because the narrator is annoying to me. Hearing her constantly take the deep breaths, to me is distracting. Maybe it's her style, but I think you can convey sacrasm and move the story forward without hearing the breaths after every pause. ANNOYING!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich? Why or why not?

    I am goiong to need to see how this ends and see if it's the same narrator throughout the series. So not sure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her annoying heavy breathing! She doesn't do the voices of the other characters as well as other narrators I have listened to. I like Judy Kay from the Grafton series and the gal from the JD Robb Series isn't too bad either.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie now, but I haven't seen it.


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    Elizabeth 12-12-11
    Elizabeth 12-12-11
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    "Narrator's voice not right for main character"

    Janet Evanovich's books have been highly recommended to me by several people so this was my first exposure to her writing. Overall the story is good, although it takes about 3 hours to become totally engrossed to the point of being eager to hear what happens next. The voice of the narrator was not a match for the description of the main character, it was too mature. However, the narrator did do a good job creating different distinct voices for the other characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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