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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

©2013 Random House Audio; 2013 Janet Evanovich

Critic Reviews

“What do the New Jersey Mob, bingo, and giraffes have in common? Stephanie Plum and crew. Narrator Lorelei King performs the latest zany antics of Stephanie, Lula, and Connie, along with some sizzling smooches from Morelli and the ever hot Ranger. As Plum goes after the bail-jumping Uncle Sunny, a mobster who is Morelli's godfather, King's performance kicks into high gear, switching accents from Jersey to Italian without a hitch. Sleuthing for Stephanie includes a little black dress, funerals, and bingo. And the giraffe? He's the comic relief in this silly mystery flawlessly delivered King with a different voice for each character--except the giraffe. Combine King's vocal acting with Stephanie's adventures, and you laugh through the whole audiobook.” (AudioFile)

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  • janet
  • shelby township, mi, United States
  • 03-30-14

Still funny

Stephanie is the quirky friend I've loved for many years. But her stories seem to get shorter and the funny stuff is getting a bit worn. Let's ask Janet E. if she could take two years off and get us a great juicy plot that's a 12 hour read. New jokes, some old characters and some new characters mixed in. Who is with me?

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 11-20-13

An improvment over the last -- but not by much

This story opens with a giraffe and a tranquilizer dart in a thugs butt. Just when you thought you seen it all with Stephanie, you don't come close. This novel is a good improvement over the last. Lula is in fine form with some excellent one liners. All of the central characters are back and so is the love triangle between Ranger, Morelli and Stephanie.

This particular story opens up very slowly and even in the middle of the novel, there is not much life to it. The sad fact is that this series in long in the tooth for those of us who have read them all. Evanovich does a reasonable job making this novel stand-alone. That is, if you read book 20, you will at least follow all of the ins and outs of the story and appreciate the characters.

Evanovich needs to find a new way to breath life into this series and make some decisions for crying out loud. Or perhaps, a mega size novel to wrap it all up and start a new series with different characters. I am luke warm on this Takedown Twenty; an improvement over the last I admit; but not too much.

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Another Excellent Evanovich

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The reader and story keeps you engaged

What did you like best about this story?

After 20 books, it's still interesting.

Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

I love the way she conveys Stephanie. She is so relatable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slowly but surely getting better

This book was entertaining. Yes, the series has become pretty predictable but it still makes me laugh out loud. I enjoy when Ranger's cars get blown up and/or totaled. I like when Bella gives Stephanie the eye. I like that there is a love triangle. Joe and Ranger are great characters and if Stephanie finally picks one, the other will probably fade away or maybe get his own series. King does her usual great job. I can't imagine anyone else as Stephanie.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Jamison, PA, United States
  • 01-07-14

Not as amusing as her other books

What would have made Takedown Twenty better?

I have read all of the author's other books but was disappointed in this one. The narrator did way too many characters. They needed to pair her up with a man. After reading her other 19 books you picture what the characters would sound like, but having a woman doing a man's voice just didn't cut it for me.

Has Takedown Twenty turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

Probably.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I enjoy Stephanie Plums antics

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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mediocre

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

story is just too silly

What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

it is just a waste of good reading time. Used it to sleep by.

What three words best describe Lorelei King’s performance?

it was ok.

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

boredome

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-30-13

Stephanie get "the eye"

Stephanie Plum, bond enforcement agent, with side kick Lulu must track down a mob boss charged with murder. It turns out that the boss is Stephanie’s boy friend Joe Morelli’s uncle and everyone in the Berg is blocking her from finding him. Morelli’s Sicilian aunt has given Stephanie “the eye” twice and is sending her to hell. I read this series for a laugh. The exploits are so outrageous and Stephanie and Lulu are in revolving mayhem. This book has Lulu chasing a giraffe through the streets of the Berg. The giraffe does not seem to be related to anything else in the story. The book is quick easy to read and funny. Makes a good change of pace, get away from it all book but I think the series has run its course and needs to end. The book is narrated by Lorelei King who does her usual good job.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • JEAN
  • nederland, TX, United States
  • 04-22-14

oh stephiane

all the right people and places just needed carl the monkey and the gang was all here.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Midland, TX, United States
  • 03-13-14

the only thing good is narration

What would have made Takedown Twenty better?

better story line

What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

it was a recap of other books

What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

i loved her performance

What character would you cut from Takedown Twenty?

none

Any additional comments?

i will read sample b4 purchasing anymore of her books

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Adina.O
  • Bedford Corners, NY
  • 11-06-17

Great story, TERRIBLE narration

This series is fun to read and I enjoyed the story. But they have to get a different narrator. At times she sounds like her voice is computerized or like she’s reading instructions off of an instruction manual. The voice she uses for Lula is so horrible it made my skin crawl.