Audiobook Review: Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

tenbigonesTitle: Ten Big Ones
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; Audio Renaissance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the library
Audiobook reader: Lorelei King
First line: The way I see it, life is a jelly doughnut.

As Ten Big Ones begins, Stephanie Plum is living with detective Joe Morelli. Everything seems to be going well for them in the relationship department, until Stephanie decides to track down a particularly dangerous skip. Joe wants her to stay home where it’s safe; Stephanie isn’t quite ready to settle down yet.

When Stephanie becomes the target of a hired hit man for the Slayers, a Trenton gang, she takes refuge in Ranger’s apartment, which only increases the attraction she feels for him. She’s still caught between these two gorgeous men (what a problem to have), and also she’s being hunted by someone very dangerous. In the middle of all this, her sister Valerie is planning her wedding to attorney Albert Kloughn, with the help of her wedding planner, Sally, the cross-dressing musician-slash-school bus driver. Throw in a woman who robbed a Frito Lay truck after too many days on a low-carb diet, the always hilarious Lula, and spunky Grandma Mazur, and you have the recipe that makes these novels so much fun.

Until this book, I was firmly in the Joe Morelli camp. Of course, if I was talking real life, then the stable cop who wants to protect me would be the obvious choice. But one of the best things about reading is that we get to live in fantasy-land, right? And if I was Stephanie, I’d be torn, too. On the one hand, Joe may be her best prospect for marriage and children – and the biological clock seems to be making itself known whenever she’s around Valerie’s new baby. On the other hand, Ranger allows Stephanie to be who she is, he doesn’t want her to change, the way Joe does. Plus, he told her he loved her – in his own way. I am now as torn between the two as Stephanie is! And I have five more books to read about her exploring both options.

This was the second Stephanie Plum audiobook that I’ve listened to in the Audio Renaissance editions, read by Lorelei King. The first few I listened to were Recorded Books editions, read by C.J. Critt, and I have come to love both readers. There are slight differences in the two – with Critt better at doing the male voices, in my opinion, but they are both a delight to listen to.

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16 Responses to Audiobook Review: Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

  1. Andrea_R says:

    I forgot how much I really liked this one. Steph loves Joe, true, but the thought of the married, two kids *normal* life drives her nuts.
    .-= Andrea_R´s last blog ..baked goods =-.

  2. J. Kaye says:

    I just sent you a tweet about this. Here I have longer to ask my question. I am only at book four, but getting sort of antsy. I want her to make up her mind…okay, but like you I flip-flop on which. Are you getting impatient with her not being able to decide?
    .-= J. Kaye´s last blog ..Blog Award: BINGO’s Beautiful Blog =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      J. Kaye – I tweeted back, but I’ll answer here, too. I enjoy living vicariously through her – having two gorgeous men on the hook. And like a TV show where there’s great chemistry, I wonder how much will change when she finally does pick.

  3. Kathy says:

    This is such a fun series – I’ve never listened to one, but I bet they’re good that way too.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Inglourious Basterds =-.

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Personally, I am a Ranger girl. I love the dangerous, sexy type. These books are awesome…such a wonderful escape from reality!!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Did Not Finish: The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan (audio) =-.

  5. stacybuckeye says:

    I remember that Ranger got me all hot & bothered in this one 🙂
    .-= stacybuckeye´s last blog ..Fave Film #3 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the theater =-.

  6. Darlene says:

    I adore listening to these on audio and Lorelei King is my favorite narrator for them. I’ve listened to a few without her and they just aren’t as good. Glad you enjoyed it!
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..Book Review & Giveaway: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Darlene – I wish my library had all of them on audio, but I’ll have to read number 11, then I’m pretty sure they have 12 on audio.

  7. Laura @ ImBookingIt
    Twitter: bookingit
    says:

    I think this is the book where I moved firmly into the Ranger camp (for Stephanie, not me. I couldn’t live with either of them 🙂 ).

    Thanks for letting me relive this book with you!
    .-= Laura @ ImBookingIt´s last blog ..Review and Giveaway: The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison =-.

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  9. Sarah says:

    Evanovich is AMAZING!!!!!!