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Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.

But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal are dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kremes, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a mutant cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of, including the biggest gamble of all: real love.

©2004 Jennifer Crusie (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Hurst's voice contains an energy and exuberance that leaves little doubt that she's the perfect narrator for Crusie's heartfelt comedy of errors....[A] zesty, vibrantly told tale." ( Publishers Weekly)

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My favorite Crusie of all time.

What did you love best about Bet Me?

There is nothing I don't love about this book. I have read/listened to this book no less than 20 times. The characters are well done but not stereotypical. Ms. Crusie is consistent in their portrayals, but they are not predictable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Min/Cal/Harry

What about Deanna Hurst’s performance did you like?

I will admit it took me awhile to warm up to Ms. Hurst. I don't know what I was expecting, but now she seems spot on. It could be because I have listened to it so many times her voice is forever entwined with the written word when I read as opposed to listen.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

You know, I love a well-done epilogue and this was one of the better ones. I will listen to just the epilogue if I need a short narration to finish up a workout, a walk, a household chore.

Any additional comments?

While I am a fan girl of Crusie in general and this book in particular, I have read a number of contradictory reviews. While positives seem to far outweigh the negatives, make sure you read samples/listen to samples if you have any hesitancy. I listened to this many times through the library and knew I had to have it. It was one of the first I got when I joined Audible.

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Another fun one from Jennifer Crusie!

You can't help but root for Minerva Dobbs, the main character in this fun romantic comedy by Jennifer Crusie. Her wacky but supportive friends are great and it is fun to hear about her overbearing mother and her burgeoning relationship with ultra-handsome, playboy Calvin Morrissey. I laughed out loud many times and really enjoyed learning about these fun characters. Overall, a fun, sexy novel. Recommend for sure!

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Everything I was looking for...

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

It wasn't filled with sex that overwhelmed the story. It had me laughing out loud. A nice romantic story. You'll have characters you will love, hate and some that you wish you could just get rid of because you know people like them exist. This was actually worth the credit, I know this because I normally read reviews not write them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Cal. I loved the fact that he wasn't trying to get Min to diet and lifted her self-esteem. The rest of the characters were well written.

What does Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Deanna Hurst did the voices perfectly and when she did the voices for cell phones well that was great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really liked the way that Min and Cal take up for each other...that's what couples do even though they weren't together at that time.

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LOVE IT!!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how Min (the main female character) was not the perfect size 6 and how the gorgeous male lead appreciated her looks from the beginning.

Any additional comments?

I have already listened to this book twice and know I will listen to it again!!

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  • luci
  • bovey, mn, United States
  • 05-15-12

You betcha!

Where does Bet Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bet Me ranks close to the top. It's entertaining and keeps you going. It is a very chaotic novel with fun and lively characters. I have listened to or read books where it is chaotic, but only because the author doesn't seem to be able to get it together to write a clean, crisp story line. Jennifer Cruisie does this on purpose! This is like a opera singer being able to sing off key when she needs to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Min who just seems to have a clutsy life and yes, chaos theory at its finest.

What does Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The ability to add a hint of sarcasm in her voice when it was appropriate.

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

....say what?

Any additional comments?

I read this as I was keeping tabs on a philosophy class that a colleague was teaching regarding Cultural Theory through the ages. I have to agree with my colleague when she said, "This is a very intelligently written book." "Cruise got skill."

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Ignore the Premise and Read It!

Don's let the description put you off what is actually a cute story. This book was suggested to me by a friend and I read the description and thought I would hate it--guy makes a bet that he can date a girl. But I actually thought it was a fun read. All of the characters were different than you would expect and the story was deeper than the impression you get by reading the description. I really enjoyed it. My only criticism is that I wished it hadn't ended so abruptly--and the tacked on 5 years later epilogue didn't help or satisfy.

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This truly was a great book:)

Bought on Audible

What I Loved: Minerva Dobbs is a fantastic lead character. She is funny, snippy, real, and just downright screwed up as the rest of us. I laughed a lot reading this book and I even cried at some points. I probably would have done exactly what she did if I was in the same predicament. At 33, perpetually single, she is a good reputation of most single women in her 30s. Calvin was a fantastic leading man. He was stubborn, charming, screwed up, and gets into plenty of situations that put him into hard situations. Those two together are the most fantastic couple I have read in a long time. I love Liza, Tony, Bonnie,Emilio, and Roger they were fantastic friends to Cal/Min. David/Cynthi were great "villains" and perfect thwarts along the way. The parents will just crack you up and the siblings are a big part of their life too. Everything meshes together really well.

What I Liked: Everything! This truly was a great book:)

Complaints: None :)

Audiobook specific review: The narrator Deanna Hunt did a fantastic job. She did a great job with the book :)

Why I gave it a 5: I liked everything about this book. It was such a fantastic read from beginning to end. You would not go wrong reading this book if you like romance, fun, and great couples!

Who I would recommend this too: Contemporary, Chick-lit, and Romance readers would all love this!

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Finally a Snappy Romance Writer

I've been searching for a romance author who can put a clever twist into a story, and I think Stephanie Crusie is perfect. Her humor and phrasing is modern and snappy. The plot line is filled with many surprises along the way. "Bet Me" was great fun to read.

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Perfect

Absolutely perfect and delightful. Jennifer Crusie at her best. Have reread multiple times. Super narration also.

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  • Grace
  • Edina, MN, United States
  • 12-20-11

For a Cozy Novel it is a 4 Star.

Out of the many Cruise books I give this one the better rating than the others. It is fun, zippy, good narrator and I listened twice in two years. Most Cozy's I can only handle once; but this one is playful enough and the banter back and forth is witty enough to keep me listening intently.

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