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I started with book 1 on Audible and fell in love with the character, Stephanie Plum, and the narrator, Lori Petty. I listened to a sample of Loralei King and swore I was not going to listen any further (I loved Lori Petty's Jersey accent). But when it came time for book 7, I caved because I wanted more Stephanie Plum. After listening to this book -- I must say, Loralei King does a tremendous job and I've become a fan. It takes me some time to get use to different narrators but after the first little bit, I was able to adapt. I'm glad I caved because I really enjoy Loralei's rendition of Stephanie and all the other wonderful characters. As for the book itself--loved it--true to form for the series and Janet Evanovich.
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Lorelei King's distracting voice characterization for Grandma Mazur was the worst of all of the three readers of the series. I was glad to see they did not keep the reader for the abridged versions of books five and six of the series because she was the "speedy gonzales" version of narrators and I felt I needed a Valium trying to listen to her read.
King's calm eloquent reading style made the story a less excitable journey than it could have been but, otherwise she was passable.
At first, I felt C. J. Critt was the worst narrator I had ever heard, but now, since these books took me on the "Goldi Lockes" hunt for the perfect narrator, I believe she was actually the best reader of the Stephanie Plum Series! Critt did at least make the exciting fight scenes exciting, and Grandma Mazur's comic relief scenes comical, unlike King's annoyingly shrill voice choice for Grandma which loses all of the comedy in the lines for me. So I'm eating my bowl of "crow" on this one.
All in all, it is still a good book and I will listen to the others. I found a trick for listening to good stories read by narrator's who have reading styles that irritate me. I choose to think of them as a favorite aunt or uncle telling me about their life experience. This mental view makes me more patient and accepting of the narrator's vocal flaws.
So, I had to use my trick with this one too!
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