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Publisher's Summary

All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight...and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs...if she gives him everything he wants.

As if things weren't complicated enough, Stephanie's just discovered her Grandma Mazur's own unmentionable alliance with Eddie. Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie's estranged sister, and Stephanie's ready for some good news. Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn't quite cutting it. And now, murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside, Stephanie's really got the urge to run for her life.

Don't forget to download the rest of the Stephanie Plum series.
©2001 Evanovich, Inc. (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A madcap comic mystery, Jersey-girl style." (New York Times)
"Funny, sexy, and scary." (Booklist)
"It's always a treat to go out on a case with Stephanie Plum, the sassy, adventurous, but not always successful Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter." (Publishers Weekly)

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Sssibilant Ssseven

I urge anyone interested in purchasing this audiobook to listen to the entire sample before they burn that credit.

This review is primarily about the narrator, because she's so bad that I can't keep the thread of the book, and halfway through it, I can't even tell you who Stephanie is trying to catch or if there's a subplot.

The first four unabridged audiobooks in this series are read by CJ Critt. They're excellent. Books 5 and 6 are not available in unabridged format on Audible, so I bought the ebooks and let my Kindle read them to me. They were very good. I bought extra credits in order to buy Books 7-12 so I wouldn't have to stop listening. I'm going to keep this one so that I can post a review, but I'm returning 8-12, and maybe someday I will read the rest of the series in ebook form, but the joy is gone.

King seems to be a popular reader, and for the life of me I cannot understand why. She has a speech defect, so every S comes out like she's hissssing in your ear. She can't do other voices AT ALL - I couldn't believe how godawful the other characters' voices are. She sounds self-satisfied, which is not suitable for an inept bounty hunter who keeps losing her quarry and can't get her life together. Her comic timing is nearly nonexistent, so the hilarity is dulled to ho-hum. And she always puts the emphasis on the last words in the sentence, so we get "'You'll never take me alive,' (pause) HE SAID." And her voice for Morelli - would be better suited for the voice of Regan in The Exorcist. I'd rather stick a fork in my eye than keep listening.

There seems to be no sound engineer and no producer/director in play here; they could have saved this book by adjusting the recording to dull the hissing and by...replacing Lorelei King. I listened to samples of later books to see if King improves. She doesn't, so I won't be listening to the rest of the sssseries. And nor will I be buying any more books read by Lorelei King or produced by Audio Renaissssssance.

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Good book, crappy narrator

I'm a huge fan of the Stephanie Plumb books and this one, just like all the others always make me laugh. I started listening to the series in order from the beginning and grew used to the way C.J. Critt narrated the books. When I started listening to the books narrated by Loreli King, I was disappointed. I know every narrator has their own style but I don't care much for Loreli King's narration of the books. She makes Ranger sound like some idiot hispanic thug and her Jersey accent could use some work. All in all, great book, just not all that impressed with the narration.

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Another great Plum adventure!

I love all the Stephanie Plum novels and am glad Audible finally got the unabridged version of this one. The book has great characters and an entertaining plot. Also, Lorelei King does a great job of narrating again. She really brings the story to life with different voices for the characters.

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narration is horrible...

this book is like none of the other four before, characters are bad... There's no words for how bad this book is. It twill be my last one of the series... possibly from the author and the narrator... out of almost 75 books this rates right up there with the worst of all the books I've listen to

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Love Stephanie Plum

I started with book 1 on Audible and fell in love with the character, Stephanie Plum, and the narrator, Lori Petty. I listened to a sample of Loralei King and swore I was not going to listen any further (I loved Lori Petty's Jersey accent). But when it came time for book 7, I caved because I wanted more Stephanie Plum. After listening to this book -- I must say, Loralei King does a tremendous job and I've become a fan. It takes me some time to get use to different narrators but after the first little bit, I was able to adapt. I'm glad I caved because I really enjoy Loralei's rendition of Stephanie and all the other wonderful characters. As for the book itself--loved it--true to form for the series and Janet Evanovich.

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New narrator changes all the characters

I just finished Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone series & being a fan of the Stephanie Plum series thought I would try it next. There is a weird disruption after the 4th story. A new narrator who gives every character a different feel, which is not necessarily bad. But in this case her reading is over the top and most characters becomes a ridiculous, caricature of themselves, including Grandma Mazur & Lula. Joe Morelli morphs into someone else. The New Jersey accent which had been such a part of the characters in previous readings is gone. Although for some reason, neither narrator chose to have Stephanie speak with a Jersey accent. And audiobooks 5 & 6 only exist in abridged versions, but for full price, so I skipped those. I am going to try to finish this book & really hope the narrator finds a more believable voice for the characters. They are funny, light hearted stories that I really enjoy & make me laugh out loud at times.

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Average story.

The writing is average. The reading was better with the first reader. But I'm in love with Stephanie & Morelli so I can't stop worth the series. I like Ranger despite her portrayal of him as a a dummy. The reader makes him sound stupid. And Lula is the best!

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Huge Disappointment!

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Recently started this series and had great fun listening to the first six books read by CJ Critt (although I had to get #5&6 from the library because Audible only had the abridged versions with a different narrator). It's always irritating when the narrator is changed mid-series, especially when Critt made the characters come alive, but the reviews for the books narrated by Lorelei King were good so I started book seven with high hopes of a good listen - Huge Disappointment! King doesn't deliver the sassy, energetic Stephanie of the first books and I found the voice used for the grandmother to be shrill and totally irritating. Still love the story but this narrator may send me back to the print version.

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Narrator spoils the book

loved the story and the plot, big fan of the Stephanie plum series, but not a big fan of the narrator period she seemed really fake, and not genuine at all. her accents left a lot to be desired. her narration made it difficult to finish the book.

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No more Stephanie plum books on audio for me

with all due respect to the narrator because she has a impressive acting resume, her narration of this book was horrible. BRING BACK DEBI MAZAR! SHE WAS PERFECT!!

Stephanie Plum and the characters in this book are from New Jersey. I rarely heard anything that sounded like a New Jersey accent. The voice of Stephanie herself sounded like it was red by someone like me: Midwest housewife. in fact, they may have been better off just having Katherine Heigl do it.

When did Dougie become southern? Ranger went from sounding sexy in the other books to sleazy and grodd in this one. The voice she used for Stephanie's sister wasn't too bad, I suppose, but the voices of her too small daughters made me want to poke my ears with ice picks. In general, none of the voices fit the characters that I have developed in my brain for the past six books. The male voices were especially overdone.

The only character that I enjoyed listening to was the narrator's version of Boomer. She plays a great stoner.

So, since this narrator is narrating all the remaining Stephanie Plum books, I will not be getting any more of these on audible. I'll have to start reading the hard copy.

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