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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Review: FOUR TO SCORE

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Book 4 of the Stephanie Plum series
Narrated by CJ Critt
Format: audiobook
Genre: crime fiction chicklit

About Four to Score:
Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly, scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers - even when aided by Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet - and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with vice cop Joe Morelli.
Source: Info in the About Four to Score was taken from at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6422.Four_to_Score on 23/09/2012.

Narrative Evaluation:
I stopped listening to this series for a bit because I actually got tired of Stephanie's antics. Yeah, after sometime it loses its funny-ness. It became more like a "too stupid to live" than funny. Or maybe I was just in a grumpy slump... Anyway, I picked this series up again after crying over The Host by Stephanie Meyer and now it is funny again. So be warned, this book made me laugh out loud but not everybody may see the humour. But it made me laugh and that's what counts! I am also finding that this is one of those serieses where it is like wine, the more books you read of it, the more it grows on you. This series seems to be ageing well!

I also like CJ Critt's narration. The words are clear and distinct. Her diction is good and not only do I like her interpretation, I agree with it! The only thing is, her breathing becomes distinctly audible specially when she gets tired (or I recon when she gets tired) which gets obvious every now and then. However, I can overlook that for the good reading that she does!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 1
Pace = N/A (9 hrs and 36 mins listening time)
Plot = 3.5
Narrator = 4

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

3 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Yah I feel that way about Stephanie too.

But I'm glad she ended up making you laugh. :)

Blodeuedd said...

Ahh when they still were good

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Glad it fit the mood for you. :) And you smiled with it. I need to get to the first book I have here on the shelf. :)

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