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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (Oct. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061374148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061374142
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.1 x 14.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,297,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 16 2006
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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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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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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First of all Janet is a pure genius, I love reading her work I never stop laughing when I am reading ANY of her books, I own practically ALL of them. Second see first.
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Disappointment compared to Metro Gal, look to receive better from the author future. Will give her one more try.
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This book was just enough crime, suspense and intrigue to keep me interested. Can't wait to read the next book!
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Fast paced, witty, couldn't put it down kind of a book. I gave it five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Narration, Great Story Nov. 16 2006
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I bought this book on audio and Full Scoop on audio at the same time. Unlike the latest Full book, this book is a great example of why I buy Janet's books rather than go to the library for them. I will keep this audio book in my own library to enjoy over and over again. CJ Critt does a fantastic job with the voices, I laughed so hard when I heard her do Nascar Guy, Hooker. The story is original (if a little far fetched) and fun to listen to. If you are looking for something to make you smile, this is the book.