NOTORIOUS NINETEEN: Ms. Plum Has Staying Power (Audiobook Review)


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Stephanie Plum Series #19
by Janet Evanovitch
Narrated by Lorelei King
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After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.


Publisher: Books on Tape Bantam/Random House
OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Number of parts: 5 Duration: 6 hours, 4 minutes
ISBN: 9780307932570
Release date: Nov 20, 2012


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My Take!Regular readers know that my gardening takes a lot of time in the spring and summer and I hate to miss time reading, so I have begun to listen to audio books.  One thing I have learned is that the task I am involved in has to be mindless, like weeding so I can maintain my focus on the book.  I have found prepping vegetables for dinner is also a good time to listen. But, if I don’t have something to do physically, I cannot sit and listen to a book.

I am a little behind on this series and I really do enjoy it. It never feels like Janet id “phoning it in” even though this is book nineteen and there have been a few shorts here and there. She could just do the same thing over and over, but she doesn’t — sure there are the familiar things (doughnuts and Cluck in a Bucket, Dinner at the Plums), but the relationship dynamics between Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli have changed, as has Stephanie’s understanding of her job. Even Lula has changed a little, she’s a little more professional — not a lot, mind you, but a little.

Stephanie is still the Mr. Magoo of Bond Enforcement and she still screws up, or gets screwed up, but it really isn’t her fault. She’s just one of those people who always seem to attract crazy, or criminal, or criminally crazy. She also seems to attract hot guys.

So, I was a little behind, but now I really want to catch up on the series.  This was a great listen and the narrator did a good job with the feeling of the characters without going overboard with acting.  Her Morelli was not my Morelli; he sounded a little too dumb. Her voice was pleasant and well-modulated.  I enjoyed the listening experience for this book.  It takes me no time at all to read one of these and I feel like I got more out of it by ear than by reading.