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Ten Big Ones: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Ten Big Ones: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Written by Janet Evanovich

Narrated by Lorelei King


Ten Big Ones: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Written by Janet Evanovich

Narrated by Lorelei King

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4/5 (66 ratings)
Length:
2 hours
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Released:
Jun 1, 2004
ISBN:
9781593974602
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Audiobook

Description

Take an exit off the Jersey Turnpike to the irresistible world of Stephanie Plum, America's favorite bounty hunter, where she gets into more trouble than ever. This time, she faces a notorious gang in Trenton who wants her dead. Morelli warns that she's in too deep, and Stephanie more than agrees. But the gang won't let her bow out.

With Ranger missing in action, Stephanie has to go into hiding, and stumbles on to the secret location of Ranger's "bat cave". Is it the perfect place to disappear? Or will she get into more trouble than she knows by delving into his private world? The tenth Stephanie Plum novel is filled with Evanovich's trademark high stakes, high adventure, high wit, and sly comedy.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Jun 1, 2004
ISBN:
9781593974602
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.


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  • (4/5)
    Always hilarious to follow Stephanie Plum's disastrous love life and career as a bounty hunter. My favorite character in this book was the bus-driving wedding planner rock band member Sally. Don't read this book while eating or drinking or you are likely to choke. The dialogue snaps along in rapid fire and the spot-on prose nails characters with the telling details that make them stick in the brain from book to book in the series.
  • (4/5)
    Quick read. Fun.
  • (3/5)
    Yet another installment in Janet Evanovich's series about Stephanie Plum, the bumbling bounty hunter from Trenton, New Jersey. This time out Stephanie gets threatened by some gang members and finds an interesting new place to stay for a while.It's mildly entertaining, in the pleasantly brainless way typical of this series, and I did like it better than the last one-and-a-half installments, which left me decidedly "meh." But the plots are getting increasingly formulaic and thin -- which, considering where they started, is saying something -- and I do wonder how many more of these I'm going to get through before I finally decide I'm completely tired of them. Especially as I'm already tired of certain elements, like the love triangle stuff, and the constant jokes about women getting fat. Still, for the moment the series is still filling its function of always being there for me when my brain is tired and needs something light and easy.
  • (4/5)
    BOTTOM-LINE:Not bad, good ending.PLOT OR PREMISE:Ten Big Ones (St. Martin's Press, 2010, ISBN/ASIN: B00179FNRI, Plum (10)) is the tenth outing in the Plum series, and this one has Stephanie starting a mini-war with a gang after she sees one of them committing a robbery..WHAT I LIKED:Hijackers of chip trucks, Sally Sweet still in a dress, and school buses all show up to enliven the plot..WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:The whole shower thing for Valerie gets old real fast, adding nothing to the story. And I don't really care about wannabe gang kingpins..DISCLOSURE:I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.
  • (4/5)
    Ok, but quite frustrating.
  • (2/5)
    Oh God! Usual rubbish. Ends improbably and suddenly.
  • (3/5)
    Overall I did enjoy this one but Stephanie's immaturity and stubbornness really got on my nerves. Her ineptness just didn't seem humorous in this one but annoying. I really liked that we finally got to see were Ranger lives (it wasn't that bat cave but at least it was something). I still plan on continuing the series but I hope that the books start to pick up and that there are some changes.
  • (4/5)
    Once again, Stephanie finds herself in the midst of trouble. I generally read Evanovich books as a filler between more serious novels, and this one fit the bill just fine. Realistically, Stephanie should've been dead a long time ago, and in this one she escapes a Trenton gang. As in other Plum novels, my favorite parts are the sexual tension between Stephanie & Morelli and/or Ranger.
  • (3/5)
    I just flat out enjoyed this one. Lots of fun. Sally, Grandma, and Lulu are still over the top a bit, but it was a fun read. Stephanie's weight can change in a matter of hours... one day her fat overhangs her belt, the next, she can snap her jeans without the overhang (weird; too bad real life doesn't work that way).

    Another reviewer said: "Also, I'm not a big Lula and Grandma Mazur fan. When they start hanging around with Steph, the collective IQ drops, no surprise. It's like The Wacky Adventures of the Three Stooges." I have to agree with that reviewer. I thought Grandma was cute at first, but now she is annoying me.

    I liked the plot in this one, and several instances made me laugh.
  • (5/5)
    The best plotting in all of her books so far, I think. I didn't like Sally in the earlier books, but I really liked him in this one for some reason. Several laugh-out-loud moments. And I liked that Stephanie found a Ranger hide-out. A book for people who occasionally need a dose of light-minded levity.
  • (5/5)
    Just when you think what could happen next, she comes up with another scenerio. The on again off again relationship between Stephanie and Joe is entertaining and keeps you wondering. Then with Ranger factored in there it makes it very interesting I think once you read this you will agree who Stephanie should be with and she does also, but she can't bring herself to make that committment. Some of her stunts while Bounty hunting are hysterical and the gang twist this time made for an interesting action packed book.
  • (4/5)
    In Ten Big Ones, Stephanie Plum is the only one who can identify a gang member known as The Red Devil, leader of a local gang called The Slayers. Of course, Stephanie being Stephanie is targeted by a gang hitman known as Junkman. Having no place to go without endangering her loved ones and losing her car to an unfortunate explosion, yet again, Stephanie leaves Morelli's house and lies low in Ranger's almost bat cave.

    Ten Big Ones was a simple story that didn't tie in to one of Stephanie's original F.T.As. She was actually quite competent in capturing all of them. Or maybe they just couldn't get away. Either way, her character continues to grow and gets tougher. This isn't the same Stephanie Plum from One for the Money. She's not Supergirl but she isn't your ordinary human either.

    The love triangle between Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger is oddly not annoying. It's probably the most realistic thing in the novels itself. This is probably because it's not a main component of the story but the added seasoning. The supporting characters are becoming more three dimensional and given more to do especially Connie. Give me more Connie! All in all, Ten Big Ones was very good.
  • (4/5)
    Another fun romp with Stephanie Plum and her band of merry cohorts: Italian Stallion Joe Morelli, James Bondish Ranger, Lula the hooker turned file clerk and bounty hunting muscle, along with Sally, the cross dressing bus driver and wedding planner. Yes, it is quite a group, and of course there is Stephanie's family who are a hoot. The best part of this series is that it makes me laugh out loud!
  • (3/5)
    After the movie, One for the Money (I loved it), I wanted to read the books. I was half happy and half disappointed (to be fair the first few books were better than the rest - I've read 17 or 18). The writing isn't anything special but there is banter and wit (which is waning). I love her grandma, the ex-hooker, and some other random side characters - that and the witty moments kept me coming back for more.By the time of the 5th book (or at least by the 10th) you would think she would start to get the hang of her job or get a new one - nope. At a certain point she is just a pretty woman of 30ish who can't pick from 2 men (or choose to move on from both), who is bad at her job, and relies on luck and the men in her life to save her (to be fair I think of one time she was saved by a woman).So why do I keep reading? In spite of how annoying she is, and how she is hopelessly in love with 2 mildly mentally abusive men? Despite all the half attractive or good guys being over 6 ft tall for some reason and all the other men are taken or ugly? The reason is the supporting crazy characters, and the fading wit.
  • (3/5)
    I haven't started Eleven on Top, but it seems that the ending to this one was a little too easy. I mean, gangs don't just leave you alone. From what I've heard, they don't stop until your dead...perhaps Stephanie has more visits from the Slayers.
  • (4/5)
    I always enjoy Stephanie and her crew, but one of the best things about this series is the new characters introduced as the books go on. The cross-dressing school bus driver-cum-wedding planner is rolling-on-the-floor delightful. And Stephanie's Mom with her tumberfuls of whiskey is a subtle contrast to the nuttiness of everyone else, as well as a hint as to how I would react. I think we just have to accept that Stephanie is not going to be good at the technical aspects of her job, but we all have fun while she messes up.
  • (3/5)
    The ending of this book is absolutely perfect. I have to say that I am fed up with Stephanie continually remaining incompetent and putting those who care for her in danger. If she were trying to learn, it might be tolerable, but she i too self indulgent to learn it seems.
  • (4/5)
    It was nice to read a Stephanie Plum once again. Although I know what to expect (burnt down, trashed or stolen cars, lots of Lula and Grandma Mazur) the books still amuse me. And Stephanie is sympathetic again and also coureagous this time. I would not hold myself together like that if I was on a gangs deathlist. I would hide in Morelli's bathroom and cry. New addition to the team this time is Sally Sweet, musician, transvestite and chauffeur of a schoolbus, oh and also weddingplanner of Valerie, Stephanie's sister.
  • (3/5)
    TEN BIG ONES is the tenth book in the hugely popular Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.This time Stephanie is in more trouble than ever as she becomes the focus of local gangs, who plan to hunt her down and kill her. In between avoiding the gangs Stephanie becomes deeper in her lusting for Ranger and trying to define her relationship with Morelli.I'm not sure I would define TEN BIG ONES as a cozy mystery as there was no real "murder mystery". There were murders but it was pretty clear to the killer since the reader was told right away.Nonetheless the series is a mystery/crime series so I'm going to review it for my mystery blog.I've loved this series from the very beginning. The first book, ONE FOR THE MONEY, was one of my all time favourite books, but now, ten books later, the plot lines seemed very thin. Instead TEN BIG ONES mainly centres on the romantic interaction of the love triangle between Stephanie, her copy boyfriend, Morelli, and sexy bounty hunter, Ranger.TEN BIG ONES was a fun read and I still find the love triangle enjoyable (I'm #TeamRanger). However the plot lines were pretty weak so this is just a 3-star read for me.I will likely read the rest of the series but I won't be going out of my way to read them right now.
  • (5/5)
    Just when you think what could happen next, she comes up with another scenerio. The on again off again relationship between Stephanie and Joe is entertaining and keeps you wondering. Then with Ranger factored in there it makes it very interesting I think once you read this you will agree who Stephanie should be with and she does also, but she can't bring herself to make that committment. Some of her stunts while Bounty hunting are hysterical and the gang twist this time made for an interesting action packed book.
  • (3/5)
    Not really my favorite of the series. It's simply too unbelievable that you can take on one of the major gangs, arrest some, assault a few more and then...just because an associate pulls up and shoots a couple causing the rest to run for cover...have it "all be over." Nope, payback would be soon and extreme.
  • (3/5)
    I don't know, but I've been less than impressed by the last few Stephanie Plum books. Still have their funny parts, but not as good. I'll keep reading for a few more yet.
  • (4/5)
    I know. Evanovich is mindless braincandy. So why do I read these books?The truth is that I am secretly,desperately in love with Ranger. Sadly,it is a relationship that is goingnowhere.I dread reaching the last page with everyEvanovich; I know that's it for my loveaffair with Ranger for the year. And, nowthat I've finished page 312 and closed thebook, dadgumit, that's it.Favorite Quote: "It was a great kiss, but I didn'tknow what the heck it meant. It seemedto me that a breaking-up kiss wouldhave had less tongue."
  • (4/5)
    This book was MOS from Stephanie Plum. She's still blowing up cars. She's still broke all the time. She's still undecided between Ranger and Joe. She's still doing TSTL things that put her life in danger. But, damn it, they're funny! This series is not romance and not mystery. Just plain comedy.I read this one as usual as a book on tape narrated by C. J. Critt. As I have said before, that's the major reason why I continue to read this series. Her voices for Lula, Grandma Mazer, and various assorted characters are wonderful to listen to, and I can't help myself, I laugh out loud. Literally. I have become a danger to drivers everywhere. I miss turns, forget where I'm going, stop at yellow lights (so I can listen longer in the car), and laugh hysterically while sitting at red lights causing looks from nearby drivers. There were a couple of times I was laughing so hard the tears were dripping out of my eyes.I don't think there was anything new in the "love" triangle going on between Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger. But we did get to see where Ranger lives (well one of them) and that was cool. I think Lula has some of the best lines. I wish I could talk with her sass and wit. One of these days I'm going to list my favorite Lula quotes here. I would love to see this series made into a movie. I'll have to think about who I'd like to see play Stephanie, Joe and Ranger. Lula, too. (Grade: B)
  • (3/5)
    Stephanie Plum usually encounters danger during her job as a bounty hunter, but this time it happens while she's off-duty. While buying nachos at a local deli, she witnesses a robbery and gets a good look at the robber's face. He wants Stephanie dead, but she refuses to stay inside Joe Morelli's (her on and off again boyfriend) house all day long, angering Morelli. She hides at Ranger's apartment (one of his apartments, that is), while trying to catch the gang leader before he has her killed. Janet Evanovich's books always have plenty of humor and this is no exception. Especially funny is the hiring of "Sally", a transvestite, as the wedding planner for Stephanie's sister's weeding. But nothing new really happens in this book although we get a glimpse of Ranger's apartment, and how he lives, at least part of the time. Connie is in the book a little bit more and the scene where she, Stephanie, and Lula "kidnap" someone is hilarious. But this book mostly reads like every other book in the series. Stephanie's car gets blown up, she eats too much and then worries about her weight, she and Morelli fight, she lusts after Ranger, etc. etc. Fans of Stephanie Plum will like this book, but it isn't the best in the series.
  • (4/5)
    A typical, exciting, over the top, Evanovich novel. In Ten Big Ones Stephanie finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time...again. While trying to take down wacky FTAs she's also a witness of a convenience store robbery and starts getting hunted down by a gang. Full of the classic Plum antics.
  • (4/5)
    Yup, another good one.
  • (4/5)
    This one is much better than #8 or #9 was. Grandma Mazurhad some good lines, but the best lines were Lula's, IMO. In this oneStephanie manages to piss off the Slayers, a gang of really not very niceguys. who put a contract out on her. Sally Sweet is back, Connie gets muchmore involved than she usually does, and Stephanie actually gets to visit*gasp* the Batcave! It's still on again off again with Morelli, but you geta little more insight into why that keeps happening. I enjoyed it a bunchand would give it a solid 4.0
  • (2/5)
    I like Stephanie Plum as a character, and this was like an average visit with a friend. The story was for the most part a yawner. The ending made it worth it, however.
  • (1/5)
    This book was not as funny as the others in the series. Luckily it wasn't the first I've read in the Stephanie Plum series or I wouldn't continue to read them. Usually I laugh right out loud quite a few times while reading these books. This one only rated one minor little chuckle.