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Publisher's Summary

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.
©1999 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"The first must-read of the new year." (Kirkus Reviews )

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Love the story - not so much CJ Critt

Where does Two for the Dough rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Love the sense of humor of the author, and love that it takes place in NJ (where I live).

What did you like best about this story?

The parts that make me laugh!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voice definitely doesn't sound like a 30 year old woman (as the main character is). I also don't like her heavy breaths at every pause. She talks very slow, but I have fixed that by listening to it at 1.25 speed. :-) At least the different voices in the story are discernible!

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

Not necessarily. Personally, I have a hard time doing any one thing for hours on end.

Any additional comments?

I'm moving on to the third in the series. NOT HAPPY that the 5th and 6th books are not available! Come on Audible!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Two for the dough--fun and action-packed

Love grandma Mazur and Stephanie Plum.
CJ Critt is the perfect narrator.
I'll listen to more of this series!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not loving the narration

I won't try to retell the story here, only say that I've read all the current Stephanie Plum novels - the early ones several times each. This is my first time listening to them, however, and I really can only give the narrator an OK. She sounds too old and mature to be Stephanie; Ranger and Morelli sound more cheesy than hot; and worst of all to me, Grandma Mazur comes across as an elderly Italian man. I kept doing double-takes when I realized it was supposed to be Grandma talking. She sounded more like the Godfather to me.

I liked the story well enough to enjoy listening, but if it had been my first intro to them I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. So I can only recommend these if you know you love the stories or you're pretty forgiving of narrators, I'm afraid.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • debra
  • richmond, VA, United States
  • 07-13-11

2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny

Janet Evanovich writes very funny stories. Thank you so much for the laughter. Thank you and keep me laughing......

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 04-07-16

Light and fun bounty hunter story!

Two for the Dough is really typical of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It is as much comedy as mystery. Narrator CJ Critt gets lots of complaints in reviews, but she seems to fit the material.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The story is overwhelmed by the narration

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

A different narrator

What did you like best about this story?

The plot is interesting and the characters slay me

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator didn't seem to understand that every sentence doesn't begin with the same inflection and volume. Nowhere did the speaker connect the meaning of the words with the emphasis and volume of the spoken language. It was difficult to listen to the repetition of enormous volume at the beginning of every sentence. Even when the character was awakening, I had to grit my teeth through the relentless excess energy of the narration..

What character would you cut from Two for the Dough?

None---the characters are all well-drawn.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Very Entertaining!

My review of Book 2 is essentially the same as Book 1.

It’s far from being a page-turner, but it’s so entertaining that I don’t care how plausible (or not) the plot turns out to be.

I like the humour and Stephanie’s acerbic sarcastic streak is terrific; I’m in it purely for the enjoyable distraction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Entertaining!

I really enjoyed this installment of the Stephanie Plum series and recommend it to anyone who enjoys light humor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Get Um Stephanie

What made the experience of listening to Two for the Dough the most enjoyable?

Characters have life to them. They stand alone. By voice sound you can distinguish each individual. Makes you not want to stop listening. Sleep came late.

What other book might you compare Two for the Dough to and why?

No comparison just good and truly enjoyable listening.

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

She is broadening the characters quite nicely. Good job.

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

I smiled a lot. It gets serious then all of a sudden your laughing because of something you hear. That little Stephanie attitude is starting to come through.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 02-28-13

Better than book 1!

If you could sum up Two for the Dough in three words, what would they be?

Hysterical, entertaining, good!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Two for the Dough?

Grandma Mazur with her 45!

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

she is funny with her Jersey accent....she is a good narrator!

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

yep...would have if I could have....

Any additional comments?

I like this series....I hope it goes on sale again soon...it is not my genre, but Stephanie Plum is a great MC!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful