Friday, December 14, 2012

Review: Hot Six by Janet Evanovich (audio)

Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
Read by CJ Critt
Recorded Books
Length: 9.5 hours

From the back of the audio case: Stephanie Plum, America's favorite bounty hunter, returns to the streets of Trenton, New Jersey for another rousing adventure. With high-spirited sidekicks like the bizarre Grandma Mazur and ex-hooker Lula, its easy to see why Stephanie's fan base grows every day. 

While trying to make an honest buck apprehending bond-skippers, Stephanie is shocked to learn her mentor--master bounty hunter Carlos 'Ranger' Manoso--is suspected of murder. Digging through the local weapons and drug rackets, Stephanie hopes to get her man off the hook. But finding time for her other man, vice cop Joe Morelli, is getting harder each day. And it doesn't help when Grandma moves in, takes up driving lessons, and dyes her hair pink. 

New York Times best-selling author Janet Evanovich constructs unforgettable tales filled with zany characters and non-stop action. Narrator C.J. Critt takes listeners on a colorful trek through the sexy, hilarious and hazardous world of Stephanie Plum.

My thoughts: Another great Stephanie Plum story - this one with just as much laughs as the previous ones. There is non-stop action and it is filled with eccentric characters - some new and some from previous books. Picking up right where the previous one, High Five, left off, we find out just who Stephanie called to come over - Joe or Ranger.

This time around, Stephanie manages another car fire, gets a new roommate and ends up taking car of a dog. Grandma Mazur moves in with Stephanie - Stephanie's father is not quite over the fact that Grandma Mazur stunned him with Stephanie's stun gun. She is full of spunk and has a list of things she wants to accomplish - get her license, get a car, and get a job. 

Stephanie has just been given her latest bounty hunter job - find Ranger, who is suspected of murder. She declines and the case goes to her nemesis, Joyce. In the meantime, Ranger contacts Stephanie and has her do some surveillance for him. 

In typical Stephanie Plum style, Stephanie finds herself being followed by some unscrupulous people, having a dog dumped on her - a dog that doesn't like being alone and eats everything in sight - and gets herself shot. She also ends up with quite a few late-night break-ins - and nothing she does seems to keep the guys out. She takes Lulu along with her on some assignments and the two get dubbed "Lucy and Ethel" - quite an apt description of the two. I'd say!

The romantic triangle that Stephanie seems to find herself in continues to simmer. Things seem to be heating up between Joe and Stephanie and there are quite a few times that they find themselves interrupted before anything can happen. Then there's Ranger - there's definitely a growing attraction between the two but I'm just not sure if anything will ever come of it...I guess only time will tell.

Audio Thoughts: I have really come to enjoy CJ Critt's performance in the Stephanie Plum books and am quite bummed that the series changes narrator in the next book. CJ Critt nails the whole New Jersey persona, giving each character their own unique voice - so much so that having listened to books 2-6 on audio, I don't need to be told who is talking because I know the person's voice. The new narrator in my opinion has a lot to live up to...hopefully I won't be disappointed!

If you listen to audio books, how do you feel when a series changes narrator?

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.)

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Books in this series:
     1.  One for the Money                         12.  Twelve Sharp
     2.  Two for the Dough                         12.5  Plum Lovin'
     3.  Three to Get Deadly                      13.  Lean Mean Thirteen
     4.  Four to Score                                   13.5  Plum Lucky
     5.  High Five                                           14.  Fearless Fourteen
     6.  Hot Six                                                14.5  Plum Spooky
     7.  Seven Up                                           15.  Finger Lickin' Fifteen
     8.  Hard Eight                                         16.  Sizzling Sixteen
     8.5  Visions of Sugar Plums              17.  Smokin' Seventeen
     9.  To the Nines                                      18.  Explosive Eighteen
    10.  Ten Big Ones                                    19.  Notorious Nineteen
    11.  Eleven on Top

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