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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.....
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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