Narrated By: CJ Critt
Run Time: 8 hrs, 32 minutes
I have lost count of the number of times in the past few years that I have had the Stephanie Plum series recommended to me. It seems like almost on a monthly/bi-monthly basis someone mentions it and how it is a funny read, or lite comedy etc. Previous to listening to One for the Money, I had read another of Ms Evanovich’s books (Metro Girl), and wasn’t really all that impressed, but I decided to listen to the advice of some friends and try One for the Money since it is supposedly better…Honestly, if I hadn’t just seen the movie the weekend prior, I probably would have given up on the book. Having seen the movie and roughly knowing the timeline that occurs, I could figure out how much I still had to listen to in the book and so when I had only an hour left and was considering giving up on it, I decided to persevere. Don’t get me wrong, I had no problems with the narration of the audiobook and that was probably the only saving grace for me, if I had been reading it, I likely would have given up on it. Stephanie didn’t really impress me as a character, in fact, I found her to be rather dumb and while I like Grandma Mazur, she wasn’t enough to be a saving grace for the book.
That being said, I did like Critt’s narration – I felt like she did a good job with the various New Jersey accents, and I could tell which character was talking when and where – which I was thankful for. I’ll definately be on the lookout for more books narrated by her in the future – although, I doubt that I will be visiting Stephanie Plum again anytime soon. Originally, I gave the book 3 stars, but looking back at it, it is more of a 2-star read for me, but the narration did boost it to 3 stars.