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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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  • K
  • VANCOUVER, WA, United States
  • 02-20-14

Same old thing

It's the same Stephanie Plum formula with a few new variables.

Bond capture fails because Lula screws up.
Stephanie can't decide between Joe and Ranger.
Bella hates Stephanie.
Some weird side story.
Lula gets mad at being called fat.
They eat chicken and donuts.
Granny goes to funerals.
Granny fits the modern granny 'shocking' stereotype.
Stephanie loses/ruins several cars.
Stephanie's mom is disappointed in Stephanie's life.
Stephanie is in peril and Ranger rescues her.
Stephanie comes through.


You now have the basic story of the last 5 books. Time to change the formula up.

Lula is excruciatingly annoying. Granny needs less focus. Stephanie needs to grow up. The narrator is fabulous, despite the terrible stupid story/dialogue.

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  • Arlene
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
  • 02-17-14

Steph, bingo, Lula, giraffe, Gram & murder: YES!

I love Stephanie and the cast of characters in the Plum series. Keep 'em coming. This one has many laugh out loud moments for me. When I listen to a Plum book, I am not looking for an education or "serious literature." I want a mystery, interesting characters, a laugh here and there, and a story that carries me along with it as it unfolds. This one delivers. I'll be listening many more times in the future.

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  • Amanda
  • Dardanelle, AR, United States
  • 02-10-14

Give it up already.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you have read the first 5 books in this series then you have already read it all! It is the same stuff OVER and over.

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

Anything by Janet Evanovich YES. Its the same book (as the others) just another number.

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

Ranger. It is WAY past time to have just a series about Ranger.

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  • Carol
  • Cushing, MN, United States
  • 02-01-14

Maybe 20 is Too Many

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who hasn't read every one of her books.

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

No.

What three words best describe Lorelei King’s performance?

Good, clear, fun.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Takedown Twenty?

The giraffe being loose in the city.

Any additional comments?

I can't decide if her stories are getting worse, or I've just tired of the "same ol', same ol'.

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  • stacy
  • Sioux Falls, SD, United States
  • 01-22-14

Same novel, different number

I stopped reading this series around Fourteen or Fifteen because the books were so similar and boring me to pieces- this book follows suit! How many times can we hear the exact same story (with different skips to catch, of course)?!?!
Stephanie loves Morelli, can't resist Ranger, wants Morelli, wants Ranger.... UGH!
I loved the first few, after that it's like deja vu every time!!!

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Butchers, bingo & stripper poles!!!

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

Oh yes. Evanovich was on point with this one. The plot rolls along, old characters stay true to form, new characters keep it spicy

What did you like best about this story?

Grandma, in a thong,on a stripper pole

Which scene was your favorite?

That might require a spoiler alert. Let's just say Janet E makes me laugh out loud.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Oh, there could be so many.

Any additional comments?

Evanovich knows how to keep you craving more

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  • Phyllis
  • Hamilton, Bermuda
  • 12-15-13

time to stop

What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

When I started reading this series I could not get enough and now I say ENOUGH! Stop.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

I love Kings narration she makes the books.

Was Takedown Twenty worth the listening time?

no

Any additional comments?

Evanovich is such a talented writer but this series needs to stop. I would love it if she began another comedy series.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 11-29-13

Stuck in the Mud

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Okay, Ms Evanovich, let's get moving. This is the same old stuff recycled, but a lot less of it. The book is only a little over 6 hours long. Plum is still wavering between Morelli and Ranger, which got old about six or seven books ago.<br/><br/>I think Ms. Evanovich is tired of writing this series, which means it is time for her to write the last book - but PLEASE make it a satisfying ending with no loose ends and the reader having to guess who Plum chooses or what happens in her future life.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Classic Stephanie Plum

In this twentieth book in the Stephanie Plum series, we see Stephanie bumble as a bounty hunter, waver between Morelli and Ranger, catch something on fire and destroy a car. Yep, it's the same story as before. There's not anything new here but it is more of the same fun that we've come to love from Stephanie Plum novels. Lorelei King continues to be one of the top narrators out there and makes the books worth listening to. And I think it's the audiobook that makes the difference. I would get frustrated with the physical books but with Lorelei King's narration, the book is a great escape.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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First Bad Plum Novel

What disappointed you about Takedown Twenty?

I've liked and recommended every Plum novel until now. It just dragged.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Takedown Twenty?

Any additional comments?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful