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Metro Girl [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Janet Evanovich , C. J. Critt
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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1 Jan 2007

The brilliantly funny, unputdownable new novel from Janet Evanovich, newly avialable on tape.

Alexandra Barnaby knows how to change a guy’s oil and rotate his tyres. “Barney” is less proficient in the finding-a-husband department, but, hey, she’s got a well-paid job and total control of the television remote, so the single life has its compensations. Too bad she’s about to lose it all, thanks to her worthless baby brother, Wild Bill. He’s up to his gonads in trouble after hiring himself out to some shady characters ferrying suspicious cargo to Cuba. Now he's disappeared and Barney's been dispatched to Florida to find him.

As if the bugs and heat and bad-hair-day humidity weren’t enough, Barney’s spending her days making the rounds of Bill’s broken-hearted bimbos. And just when she's thinking things can't get much worse, along comes Sam Hooker, stock-car racer and studmuffin, on the trail of his missing boat, The Happy Hooker. A trail that leads to Wild Bill. And since Wild Bill's trail leads to Barney, Sam sets off in pursuit.

High stakes, hot nights, murder and crooked deals ensue. Not to mention car chases, car races, car explosions and car sex, as Barney and Sam lay waste to the bad guys and blast their way from Daytona to Key West.


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007192564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007192564
  • ASIN: 0007192568
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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More beguiling criminal diversion from the ever-dependable Janet Evanovich, Metro Girl may not introduce any new elements into the quirky Evanovich universe, but fans won’t give a damn--all the usual fingerprints are well in evidence. Previously, her carefully numbered Stephanie Plum novels offered real delight for those who could get past the arch name of the heroine, and her brilliantly drawn New Jersey settings were counterbalanced by machine-tooled plotting and a cherishable sardonic wit.

Metro Girl has a slew of unlikely elements stirred into a heady brew: treasures sunk beneath the ocean, bloody murder and (believe it or not) a highly sensuous stock car racer. The unreliable ‘Wild’ Bill Barnaby has vanished, and his not-to-be-messed with sister Alex makes her way to Miami to track him down. Alex fights to keep body and soul together in the sultry climate, as both unmanageable coiffure and vicious thugs threaten her equilibrium. She discovers that Bill unwisely appropriated the yacht of the formidable Sam Hooker, and Sam realises that keeping close to Alex may lead him to Bill, with a little score-settling on the menu. Soon, both are heading into dangerous waters (both literally and figuratively) with Cuban gold and leftovers from the Cuban missile crisis making things very hot for the protagonists.

Alex is one hell of a heroine, and the perfect conduit for the reader through the unlikely (but strangely plausible) narrative. You’ve heard books described as a wild ride before--this is one time where that description really fits the bill. Get your ticket and climb aboard--and don’t forget your hairspray.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Janet Evanovich:

‘Hilarious reading, with a gorgeous fistful of believable and only occasionally murderous eccentrics’ Mail on Sunday

‘Evanovich’s comic surrealism is in the same league as Carl Hiaasen’s’ Marcel Berlins, The Times

‘Janet Evanovich’s name raises expectations of a laughaloud story… an entertaining frolic’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Punchy, saucy and stacks of fun’ Mirror

‘The pace never flags, the humour is grandly surreal and the dialogue fairly sizzles off the page’ Irish Times


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 14 May 2006
Format:Paperback
I'm a big Stephanie Plum fan, so I was quite looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, it's not as engaging or charming as Evanovich's Plum series, and the characters are quite two dimensional. However, if you want an easy, undemanding read - suspend your higher cognitive functions (and your belief!) and give it a go!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money on this 25 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book was so bad, neither my friend nor I could finish it. Embarrassingly bad. What is the matter with Janet Evanovich? It isn't even funny.
My friend had never read any other of the Evanovich books, Plum series, etc and she wondered why I raved about the first Plums.
I can't even imagine Evanovich fans would enjoy this. If are thinking about reading any of Janet Evanovich books, don't read this one, it is by far her worst. Try One for the Money or Two for the Dough.
Metro Girl is absolutely pathetic. I still can't believe Evanovich wrote it herself. If so, she has gone downhill very fast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on Plum 23 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
I think some of the reviews on here are a little harsh to say the least. Ok, it'll never make the halls of must reads, but if you want something undemanding to read this is ok, but I wouldn't bother spending your money on getting a new copy - buy it second hand from a charity shop or Amazon Market Place then you've not wasted too much money, or borrow it!)

I would however highly recommend the Stephanie Plum books. They are far more entertaining and amusing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Only suitable for the trash can.
I disagree that men would prefer this book than women. Crap is crap, no matter what gender, age or sexual orientation you are. If you listen to it while driving, you will want to drive straight off the side of a cliff just to escape the ridiculous plot.
It starts bad, gets worse and then rallies onto to an....even more implausible and stupid ending.
Sad to think that books this bad can get published.
I used to laugh at my wife's Evanovich books, even though the bounty hunter ones are basically all the same, and became boring. Metro Girl plumbs new depths and we are both agreed this is the last Evanovich we'll buy.
You couldn't pay me to listen to anything by Janet Evanovich now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Evanovich Fans 31 Dec 2005
Format:Hardcover
Probably the worst book I have read in the last 5 years and I read at least 2 books a week.
If you like the Stephanie Plum series, as I do, you will probably be disappointed with this book. If Evanovich was not already a household name, I am sure no publisher would have touched Metro Girl with a barge pole. It is embarrassingly bad.
The plot is ridiculous, but unfortunately it is not redeemed by the characters. Evanovich has tried to make them funny by adding some good one liners, and this is the only reason I give it a star at all. In truth the central characters are two dimensional, annoying in the extreme and the reader really couldn't care if they survive or not. I found it very hard to finish the book and it was only because I was stuck on a plane and had nothing else to read, but it was hard work. Every previous Evanovich book, I have not been able to put down.
Nascar man is beyond awful. I grimaced at every one of his lines. Where has the author been since 1970? Do men like that still exist? If so, who wants to read about them? Alex is the sort of person, you would cross the road to avoid. Tarty dresser, candyfloss hair, and is definitely quite a few pickets short of a fence. I couldn't think of a heroine I would least like to be or know than Alex.
There are too many characters in the book, and none are well developed. Janet Evanovich must be in her sixties by now, and trying to write from the viewpoint of 20-30 year old woman no longer works. I'm 34 and it is certainly not aimed at my age group, perhaps Metro Girl is a fantasy novel for old age pensioners/senior citizens.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Give it a break! 21 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
Okay, okay, so this book isn't going to win any awards for its literary genius, but the above reviews are about as fair as a slap in the face. What were the reviewers expecting after reading the back cover? Wild Swans? Henry James? It is clearly a Chicklit novel and it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Cheesy characters, car chases, kidnaps and illegal weapons - fun and light-hearted, it does exactly what it says on the tin (or blurb).
I appreciate good literature but I'm not going to deny that after a tiring week's work there can be a place for a simple amusing read like this. I recommend it for a pleasant wind-down of an evening (glass of chilled Chardonnay a must).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's supposed to be Fun!...and it is. 12 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
I don't usually read novels which are light-hearted as such but I have read all of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (rather out of character for me) and after some deliberation I thought I'd give this a go. I liked it! Now it's not literary but it's not supposed to be! Far from it it's just a bit of fun and that's how it should be taken. It's very similar to the Stephanie Plum series in that these characters are not deep. But it's sexy and it's fast and..well sometimes you do have to let your hair down!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Janet Evanovich Book (she of the Stephanie Plum series)
Always reliable, Janet Evanovich keeps you wanting more! A thoroughly good read - I just wish she would write more books like this as I have read all her Stephanie Plum and Diesel... Read more
Published 1 month ago by tootsie
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Metro Girl -Go!!!!
I am a huge fan of Stephanie Plum, having found her only 2 months ago, i have now read all 16 books & loved them. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Ap Nj Dorrall
4.0 out of 5 stars another perfect book for after a long day at work...
The reviews are quite negative, but I am a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series and really liked this one aswell!
Published on 11 Oct 2008 by Diela
4.0 out of 5 stars funny, fast paced read
i feel that some of the reviews here a little severe. ok so its not going to win the greatest literature award but for what it is, that is a funny, silly adventure romance comedy i... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2007 by Lindymck
1.0 out of 5 stars All hype and no delivery.
Janet Evanovich promises much but delivers little in this hotchpotch of plots, childish dialogue and unappealing characters.
I feel cheated that I spent my money on this. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2006 by Lucinda Howell
1.0 out of 5 stars Excruiatingly bad
If you are thinking of buying this book - DON'T. It is so bad, you will be laughed at by booksellers the world over when you take it up the counter. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2006 by Laurie
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire drivel!
Improbable plot with unappealing main characters. The author has tried to jump on every current bandwagon and missed the lot. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2006 by Madeleine
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