Review – One for the Money – Janet Evanovich

12 Jul

One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: #1 in the Stephanie Plum series

Narrated By: CJ Critt
Run Time: 8 hrs, 32 minutes

Book Description:

Book Review
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.


Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Book Review


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5 responses to “Review – One for the Money – Janet Evanovich

  1. Samantha

    July 12, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I feel the same way about this book. I think I rated it 3 stars on Goodreads. However, it was more of a 2.5 or really a 2. I found some parts funny but other parts not so much. It seems as though so many people loved it. Though I have the bulk of the series on my kindle, I’m not in any rush to read them.

    • Dee

      July 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Same here although I have a rule about always reading 2 books in a series before deciding to continue or not

  2. Ian Seta

    July 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I really like this book, but I can see what you’re getting at. The series is up to 18 now and hasn’t really changed all that much. She still can’t catch a fugitive, Rex who must be close to getting into the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest hamster in history is still living in his soup tin.
    To me it’s a bit like Tom Hanks movies. Whether he’s gay, shipwrecked, a cop with a dog, or an astronaut…he’s always Forrest Gump. That’s entertaining for a while but it does eventually get old.

    • Dee

      July 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

      I think that is part of the reason why I am skeptical – i’ve heard enough people say bad things, as good about it…and the series, like you said, now has 18 books out…if there is much character development in that 18, why keep reading…

  3. sarkajonae

    October 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love the Stephanie Plum series and One for the Money was one of the best. The movie adaption though, not so much 😦 If you want funny material and a good plot, check out Janet’s Alexandra Barnaby books, “Metro Girl” and “Motor Mouth.” Get a signed copy of “Motor Mouth” by leaving comments on posts about my book on my blog tour.


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