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Oct. 18 2007 The Barnaby Series

It's the last race of the season, and the wheels are smoking and the temperature is rising at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Alexandra Barnaby is NASCAR driver Sam Hooker's raceday spotter, his eye-in-the-sky, telling Hooker when to pass and when to get off the gas. From her vantage point high above the grandstand she's also seeing things going on in the infield that will change her life. Things that will lead to a stolen racecar hauler, a kidnapped Saint Bernard, a bizarre murder, some restless nights under the covers with Hooker, and a reunion with super cigar roller Rosa Florez and the queen of wholesale fruit Felicia Ibarra.

From Miami, Florida to Concord, North Carolina and back to Miami this is an action-packed multi-car crash of shady dealings, stolen technology, drive-thru windows and destruction of personal property. Everything you always wanted to know about righteous indignation, stealing an eighteen-wheeler, stashing a dead body, and sex in the fast lane.


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At the start of this cool comedy thriller from bestseller Evanovich, her second novel to star Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby (after 2004's Metro Girl), Barney and her unfaithful NASCAR racing honey, Sam Hooker, find themselves in trouble after discovering the shrink-wrapped body of ruthless businessman Oscar Huevo in a rival racer's car hauler. The pair must pull together to protect a high-tech gizmo that can revolutionize racing-and save their lives. Evanovich burns some rubber and only hits the brakes a few times, thanks to her bright dialogue, race-track savvy and expert depiction of romantic mayhem. Though sometimes it seems as if she's still taking a test drive with this new cast of eccentrics, the pages fly by as the racy tension between Hooker and Barney adds heat to the fun. Action on the menu includes destruction of valuable race cars, a dognapping and a kidnapping. While Barney isn't likely to beat Stephanie Plum in a popularity contest, she's still a hoot.
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Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby has a degree in engineering and a passion for the way cars work. Her passion for NASCAR driver Sam Hooker, for whom she works as a spotter and R & D person, has been put on hold since his one-night stand with a salesclerk made it onto the Internet. When Hooker loses a race and Barney thinks cheating is involved--the fancy, electronic kind--a wild ride commences, one that begins in Miami, then moves to the Carolinas and back again A corpse shows up along the way, and there's lots of NASCAR detail (fascinating even if you're not a devotee) and lots of doggy subplot (Hooker's St Bernard Beans eats a box of prunes that ends up having a great deal to do with the plot). Barney and Hooker find themselves in one outrageously hilarious situation after another: saved by tough granny Felicia and her myriad Cuban American family members; clocking a bad guy with a six-pack; disposing of corpses in some remarkably icky but entertaining ways. Evanovich, of Stephanie Plum fame, appears to have another winner on her hands: this one is every bit as lively as Metro Girl (2004), the first in the Barney series. GraceAnne DeCandido
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spotting Trouble Oct. 16 2006
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
If you didn't like Metro Girl, you probably won't like Motor Mouth any better. Metro Girl had a very slow beginning. Motor Mouth is non-stop action . . . but it's pretty much the same gags over and over and over and over and over (you get the idea). The humor is aimed at what would thrill the average 12 year old boy (risqué talk, moderate groping, a St. Bernard knocking over people, dog elimination, and unending, silly hero worship). Unlike Metro Girl, this story is deeply steeped in NASCAR in a way that will appeal to fans of that sport. If you're not a NASCAR fan, you will think this is a two-star book.

If you liked Metro Girl, you'll probably find Motor Mouth to be a pleasant encore.

There is a plot hidden among the pratfalls and one-liners. Barney and Sam Hooker want to save one of Barney's fellow spotters from the bad guys. The rescue goes awry . . . and things go humorously downhill from there. In the course of their rescue attempts, Barney stumbles onto a plot involving a sophisticated technology. Before the story ends, bodies are piling up and women prove their superiority in smarts and toughness to men.

If you compare Barney to Stephanie Plum, you'll like this book even less than I did.

I'm not sure I'll bother to read another book in this series. Although the premise is interesting (sexy, smart, competent woman engineer attracts sexy, macho NASCAR driver) the execution generally reminds me of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. Since Jim Carrey isn't starring in the Barney role, Motor Mouth didn't work very well for me.

My wife, who hadn't read Metro Girl, thought it was a quick, fun read. From that reaction, I suspect opinions will widely vary on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HUMOR AND HIGH JINKS PLUS FIRST-RATE NARRATION Oct. 31 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Motor Mouth," the second in The Barnaby Series, is every bit as exciting and danger packed as the first, "MetroGirl" (2005). There's never a dull moment in the life of Alexandra Barnaby who spends her time at NASCAR races in Florida and North Carolina. There's also never a dull paragraph for listeners as this tale is spun by the very gifted C. J. Critt. One of Evanovich's favorite performers, and for good reason, Critt is well remembered for her narrations of "Back to the Bedroom," "Four to Score," and others.

She knows how to capture a listeners attention and she deftly does it when we hear these first words: "Sometimes there's a decision to be made between winning fairly and cheating for a good cause. And sometimes, in the heat of competition, I've slipped south of fair. So I understand the temptation. But here's the thing about cheating ...don't cheat me. I take it personally."

It's established early on that if Alex Barnaby takes anything personally - look out! The setting is Miami and the scene is the last race of the season. Alex, a spotter for NASCAR driver Sam Hooker, is on task - looking through her binoculars high above the infield. In this case, she's seeing things she may later wish she had not - sightings that soon involve her in mayhem and murders. Of course, Sam is right along with her and there's time for them to connect. (What's a good story without a touch of romance?)

Leave it to Evanovich to provide surprising plot twists including a purloined pooch, and over the top characters such as the redoubtable Felicia Ibarra. This author is a pro at combining humor and high jinks. Highly enjoyable listening!

- Gail Cooke
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2.0 out of 5 stars I agree with M. D. Mitchell Oct. 31 2006
Format:Hardcover
But I'm giving less stars and I feel generous.

The Barnaby serie is much less interesting then the Stephanie Plum Serie.

I would not buy any of it. Borrow *maybe* but not buy.

too much of silliness is just stupid. Motor mouth misses the credible (if weird) people the S.P. serie has. Ranger and Morelli sound dependable even when silly. None of the barnaby gang are credible. None.

let's pass this one and wait for the next Stephanie Plum.....
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  178 reviews
49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Floundering Story Oct. 12 2006
By Kara J. Jorges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was really looking forward to the release of this novel and had high expectations. Too bad they all fell flat. Alexa Barnaby, known as Barney, gave up her boring job in insurance to be a spotter for Nascar driver, Sam Hooker, after their first adventure. Barney and Hooker's personal relationship went south, however, after he cheated on her with a salesclerk. They team up to rescue their friend Gobbles when he gets locked in the car hauler of some shady characters, and find themselves framed for murder, as well as on the run from people who want to kill them.

It's obvious Evanovich is courting Nascar fans with this series, and while I am not a Nascar fan, I don't have any issue with that part of the story, which was actually somewhat interesting. What I do have a problem with is the way the book gets bogged down by silly pratfalls that fail to be funny. She relies on her old standby of a big, stupid dog, but people getting continually knocked to the ground by a drooling St. Bernard is just annoying, and not in the least bit funny. Toward the middle, I actually started to like the book as Barney and Sam were figuring things out, but then the story descended into a worn-out slapstick dog poop adventure we've seen way too many times now.

I really like Barney's character. How could I not like a woman with her skills? She's smart, fun, and capable, which just makes me wonder what she sees in Hooker, who is not so easy to like. First of all, he's a slut who cheated on Barney, and cheaters just aren't sexy. He's also not very smart, and his incessant horniness fails to be amusing. As for the dog, he's got to go. The very idea of him is worn out, and he's not funny, he's a menace.

I really think this series has potential, but I think Evanovich needs to put a little more effort into it. Sometimes it seems to have a unique flavor all its own, and then it seems as if the author didn't know what to do next, so she threw in some cheap slapstick. After all, it works with Stephanie Plum, right?

In all, I didn't hate this book, but I can't say I liked it all that much, either. I don't think I'll be all that excited when the next one comes out, but I'll probably read it just to see if the series is improving.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Oct. 15 2006
By S. R. Loux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't know who wrote this book, but they should refrain from insulting us again. I really had to struggle to get through this book. I love the Plum series; I've read them all several times over, but I could barely get through this dreck.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So dissapointed Oct. 7 2006
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First I have to say that I am a HUGE Janet fan. I have all her books and have read and re-read them a zillion times. When Metro Girl came out I was excited... I was not thrilled with Metro Girl, but I liked it. I felt like it was a rushed book, not the greatest but good. Then she started Motor Mouth and kept pushing back the release date so I thought she was really taking her time with this one and it was going to be better. I was wrong! My sister and I bought the book on it's release date. My sister called me later that day to say she disliked it so much she wasn't even going to finish it. It usually takes me no longer than a day to read her books because I can't put them down. This one took several days because I had to put it down, several times. The plot is so unbeleivable and ridiculous and gets more so as it goes on. The dialogue and humor is forced... Everything seems to be recycled from her previous books, right down to the dog, another version of Bob from the Plum series. It is revealed early in the story that Hooker, the hero, has cheated on Alexandra, the heroine of the story. He is so nonchalant about the whole thing you want to deck him... But Alex is just as nonchalant... It just isn't realistic. I wont be rereading this one... And I wont be rushing out to buy the next in the series.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed Oct. 8 2006
By Sarah Feeley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I too am a big Janet fan.

I was hoping, as the second book into this series, that it would develop more of a personality of its own. I find Barney to be a poorly written first draft of Stephanie. I tried very hard during both books not to compare the two (I can with other authors) - but there are too many similarities to Stephanie. Even when Barney meets Simon, she tells him shes a lingerie buyer, Come on!!!

I will continue to support Janet w/ the Plum Series, but this one I give up on.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Oct. 13 2006
By C. Lefkowitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a big Janet Evanovich fan and I have to say, I am very disappointed with this book. I was very excited last year when she created a new character in "Barney", a girl engineer with a gift for being a top notch auto mechanic. I thought she might really have a chance with a new series, so I was really looking forward to a new adventure It isn't surprising that she would use Nascar as a backdrop for the story since she created Hooker for the first book. I don't know much about racing, so I found it a little interesting, but she quickly veered away from the Nascar theme and took up a completely silly, not to be believed adventure for Barney and the testosterone crazy Hooker with his overwhelmingly silly Saint Bernard, Beans who incessantly drools and knocks people flat on their backs. The laughs were there at times but after ahwile got the slapstick joking got old and I was very disappointed when she abruptly ran out of steam and didn't even try to tie up any of the loose ends at the end of the silly adventure of rescuing Gobble, a friend in need who has accidently locked himslef in the back of an 18 wheeler. I took this book out of the library and I would have kicked myself if I had paid the steep price charged for this book. Maybe Janet needs someone to write with her if she is having a tough time creating her own stories. I feel bad not to be able to write a positive review for one of my favorite writers. Being a huge Stephanie Plum fan. I don't plan to read any more books in this series.
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