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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307932508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307932501
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 959,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award.
She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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'Evanovich's series of New Jersey comedy thrillers are among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction...' ( GQ Magazine )

'Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue...Plum is not just a smart private eye but a heroine with a sense of humour' ( Daily Mail )

'The mere fact that Evanovich has stuck at this formula for 18 books is extraordinary. All feature the hair-brained adventures of the inept but charming NY bounty hunter Stephanie Plum; a New Jersey gal with lots of pluck' ( Manly Daily ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Janet Evanovich is one of the world's biggest-selling authors. Her last book in the Stephanie Plum series, Smokin' Seventeen, reached No 1 on the New York Times hardcover beseller fiction list, as did the previous eleven books

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blondie on 22 Feb. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I adore these books - I really do but I have to say I was disappointed in this one.

The plot was weak - nothing really was explained - ok Stephanie went on holiday but it was brushed over so quickly she shouldn't have bothered!

Stephanie also seems to have lost the blundering idiocy that we love her for. She is now trigger happy whereas before she wouldn't fire a gun, let alone carry one. As for her love life - lucky lady but where was the angst trying to decide between Ranger and Morelli!

The end was so abrupt I thought something had happened to my kindle download.

Plus I think Rex must be the longest living hamster in the history of the world - I know its a book but come on!

Let's hope 19 gets back on track.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro on 4 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

I am most certainly not an author and I would never presume to tell an author what to do especially one with so large a library under her belt. But I`ve been reading the reviews and rants about this book and the way the series is going and something about this reminds me of the old TV series "Moonlighting". It was a great series until the script writers gave in to the fans and gave Maddy and David a relationship. We all know how that worked out right?

Ms Evanovich seems to have written herself into a corner. None of the fans are going to be be happy anymore. We are unhappy if Stephanie does not pick one to sleep with, and we are unhappy because she is picking too many to sleep with. Unfortunately, in this particular book Stephanie has become a "Joyce Barnhardt" type character and seems to be sleeping with anyone at anytime and anywhere.
Somewhere along the line, Stephanie has lost her scruples and I think that is what is bothering me the most. None of the characters has grown at all after 18 books, and that certainly does say something about this series. I agree with my fellow reviewers that the guys have to take a step back. The men were treated like objects instead of worthwhile humans in this episode. Actually, most of the characters in this book didn't ring true to me. They all seem to have undergone some sort of change and none of the fans saw it coming. Stephanie's mother is turning into a lush, her father is no longer hiding behind his newspaper but is almost participating in the family (actually I liked that part) the guys seem to have given up, her Grandmother seemed almost docile. Even the crew at Vinnie's didn't seem to be themselves.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sonic75 on 18 May 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm less than halfway through and am already disappointed. I've read all the series and love them but the last few have gone off the boil. I agree with all the other reviews and all the comments about Stephanie and her men, in this book she has totally lost her morals and is properly two-timing Morelli. I always liked and respected her when she resisted Ranger and have always preferred Morelli and wanted her to end up with him. He has barely been in the last few books and Ranger has featured more heavily and I think this is because the majority of readers want this. All in all I think she's just churning them out now and the result is pretty shameful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 2 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Eighteen was definitely an improvement on seventeen, but not really that distinguishable.

Stephanie's character is still very much stuck in the same doughnut eating, car wrecking, brawling, and bad choice making situations.

Here we find her recently returned from Hawaii, (wouldn't it have been nice to have taken the characters to Hawaii, and set this story there instead), being threatened by unknown people trying to get a photo she unwittingly acquired on her trip.

To be honest I did enjoy this book, but it was so inter-changeable with other recent offerings that I kept forgetting about the whole mystery photograph premise, and was more distracted by Stephanie's colleagues, and family's interactions.

Lula shooting everything that moved, and never having any repercussions from her actions, I found irritating and repetitive. Also the whole concept of the love spell did not work for me, and Lula's interest in Buggy, was just mindless, which how she is portrayed a lot of the time it seems.
It would be more interesting if any of these characters where able to grow and change a bit. For example, if Stephanie met another man, this shift in dynamics would allow for a change in the behaviour of others, such as Ranger and Joe Morelli. They have not been used in latter novels very frequently, and not explored as characters enough, they feel so fleeting they become almost incidental.

I think the problem here is Stephanie's situation, and the world she lives in has veered a little too far from reality, and it is that which is putting the whole premise of these novels in danger of stagnating.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kitten on 22 Nov. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Another Plum book thats lost its sparkle. Only amusing bit is right at the end. Time to wind these books up and get Stephanie either married off or the men out of the picture.
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