Motor Mouth (Alex Barnaby, #2)
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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 chan...more
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Published October 3rd 2006 by Harper
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Tiffunee
Baltimore mechanic turned amateur sleuth Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby), the sexy bleached blonde and her hunky NASCAR driver and sometime boyfriend, Sam Hooker, stumble into a high-octane misadventure that implicates them in numerous felonies, including multiple murder, breaking and entering, kidnapping, and, of course, grand theft auto. Now working as Hooker's race-day spotter -- and trying to come to grips with the handsome driver's recent infidelity with a salesclerk -- Barnaby guides her forme...more
Marla
I liked this one better than the first, it was hilarious from start to finish. Nothing went as they planned with hilarious results(and lots of dead bodies along the way).

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Kate Millin
Baltimore mechanic turned amateur sleuth Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby), the sexy bleached blonde and her hunky NASCAR driver and sometime boyfriend, Sam Hooker, stumble into a high-octane misadventure that implicates them in numerous felonies, including multiple murder, breaking and entering, kidnapping, and, of course, grand theft auto. Now working as Hooker's race-day spotter -- and trying to come to grips with the handsome driver's recent infidelity with a salesclerk -- Barnaby guides her forme...more
Cherise
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 s...more
bookczuk
I must admit, there were some times that this had me chuckling. Mostly I think because I listened to the first Barney novel by Evanovich as an audio-book and I can still hear the reader's voice in my head as Hooker. "Darlin'!"

The further adventures of BArney and Hooker, once again in trouble and once again in Miami. The details about NASCAR tend to bore me, but I did enjoy some of the interplay amongst characters. Discussions on "the man in the boat" and such were amusing. I did have to wonder...more
Nancy
Ok, so I didn't give up on Alex. Janet seems to have figured her out some, so I like Alex even better this time around, although I still have some beef with her. I don't find Alex's new career in NASCAR particularly plausible at all, for example. Surprising even me, Stephanie's transition to bondswoman makes more sense than Alex's engineering background turning her into a internationally-recognized racecar spotter. While I do appreciate the back-and-forth between Alex and her sometimes-boyfriend...more
Just - The romance reader
An excellent sequel to Metro Girl the first Alex Barnaby novel. Alex "Barney" Barnaby and Sam Hooker make an excellent pair in these fast paced, action packed steamy novels. Barney is a hilarious, spunky, sassy character full of wit. Hooker is a Nascar driving, Barney loving hottie. The tag team make for a great second novel in the series. Although they stumble and make some mistakes along the way they're not so bad at the crime fighting, mystery solving business. The additional characters Rosa...more
Anthony
This was the first "Barney and Hooker" book that I have read. I have read all of the Stephanie Plum books to date and see a lot of similarities between the two. Beautiful woman in an on-again off-again relationship with a guy with a big goofy dog that eats everything, getting caught up in heist and multiple shootings, having to clear her name before getting caught, and lots of various colorful supporting characters.

Since I am seeking light, enjoyable, funny, action books right now this one fit...more
A.M.
I love the Stephanie Plum series. They are formulaic and you always know what to expect but they make me laugh. This is book two in her Alex Barnaby series. Alex trained as an engineer but has somehow ended up in motor racing as a spotter.
From this position, she observes some odd behaviour from Gobbles, the spotter for another team, just before a crash that allows a less talented driver to win and her driver, Hooker, to come in second. She suspects that the team is cheating but she can’t prove i...more
Rayni
Mar 17, 2009 Rayni marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I ordered 2 books through interlibrary loan & they both came today! EEK! I have to read them in TWO weeks!!! Now, the question is, which do I read first? Running with Scissors or Look Me in the Eye? Then as if that doesn't complicate matters enough, I also have Motor Mouth & Shape Shifters to read, ACCKK
Kara Jorges
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 fo...more
Tabi34
Ok, so maybe the situations are a bit implausible, but I do adore Evanovich's style and crazy characters.
Barney (Alex) and NASCAR guy (Sam) are at it again. Barney is a spotter for Sam's team. They're not together because he was doing a sales clerk, but she's still working with him. Another spotter (Gobbles) gets in a tight spot and then, well, in typical Evanovich fashion - everything falls apart. Barney and Sam hijack a car hauler of a competitor, rescue Gobbles, chop up two cars, find someth...more
Genie
Alexa Barnaby (Barney) gave up a dull insurance company job and went to work for Sam Hooker; a Nascar driver. The story opens with Barney working as a spotter for Sam Hooker racing team. Since "Metro Girl" Barney and Hooker's personal relationship came to an end, however she still works with the racing team as both a spotter and mechanic. They team up to rescue their friend (and spotter for Nascar driver Spanky) Gobbles when he gets locked in the car hauler by some thugs affilated with Spanky's...more
Iris Blobel
I had my hopes up with this series, but .... hmmm .... the second installment didn't really live up to the first one and any of my expectations. It was a good book, great story, great plot, I love Sam Hooker, but it was long and drawn out.

Alex Barnaby and NASCAR guy Sam Hooker are back solving a murder or two within the racing community. All very technical and sometimes way beyond my understanding, but not to the point where I was completely lost. I honestly believe if Janet Evanovich would give...more
Michelle (meshe)
Synopsis: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 restl...more
Dale Safford
Alex Barnaby-why would you give a woman character such a masculine name? Anyways, they do more law-breaking than I could ever imagine, including stealing an eighteen-wheeler that they then have to hide inside a warehouse. I did like the spunky & humorous Hispanic ladies, Rosa Florez and fruit vendor Felicia Ibarra, and also the cosmetic-enhanced wife of the murdered man. These characters have more than enough money to do just about anything they want; pretty unrealistic. Lots of lawbreaking...more
Trudy
Well, my mom picked up this book in the middle of my Stephanie Plum obsession last year, and I read it basically because I was out of the numbers books to read. I really don't like (kind of despise) the whole NASCAR thing, so Miami and NASCAR weren't too much of a draw for me.

Unfortunately, two things are probably skewing this rating: 1) I read this book before Metro Girl so I missed some of the set up and 2) I read it while in the middle of a Stephanie Plum marathon... That being said the book...more
Cindy
I probably would have liked this book better if I actually read it versus the book on tape. I did not care for the narrator at all. Her voices for the different characters were down right goofy. & I feel like I almost should be offended. I have seen many a NASCAR race and interviews and haven't came across anyone that sounded so stupid. Or southern. The narrator tried too hard, I think.

This was just okay. The hijinks were kind of unbeliveable, but it is a work of fiction. But I do think the...more
Sherry
"Those Metro maniacs Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby and NASCAR driver Sam Hooker are back!

Miami is still freakin' humid. The nights are even hotter. And there's a body on ice. And that's just the beginning of this adrenaline-rush of a hot-wired ride from phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

A woman with a taste for speed and a talent for breaking the rules, Barney also knows a little too much about cheating. First there was Hooker and that salesclerk. Now she's convinced...more
Cherie
Barney, Hooker, and friends are back, tearing up the race track, and tearing up the town! The action takes place in a wild race around Southern Florida and Concord, North Carolina, home of NASCAR. Barney and Hooker "borrow" a NASCAR trailer to save a friend, only to discover that in addition to the two race cars and their friend Gobbles in the back, there's also a naked dead man wrapped in plastic! And that's not all... turns out the cars house their own secrets as well.

Now on the run from a cou...more
Jennifer K
Meh. These were ok. I rate it lowly because I just didn't enjoy it. This is probably more a personal problem an a problem with the writing, so don't misunderstand.

I felt like the characters didn't really resolve their cheating issue, and doesn't a strong female lead deserve that? I feel like the bad guys threaten a lot but nothing scary really happens to the character so it's hard to feel scared for her. I just wasn't pulled into this series.
Sarah
In this sequel to Metro Girl, Evanovich revisits Barney, the spunky female engineer who works as a spotter for Nascar driver Sam Hooker. Barney is ticked at Hooker, and their dating tension isn't all that interesting. [return]I didn't like the doggie subplots and the casual references to dead people throughout the book. It was supposed to funny, I know, but I wasn't laughing. I listened to the CD version of this novel, and wasn't impressed by Evanovich's breezy writing with a predictable plot. [...more
KarenC

While I put this in my "better than tv" shelf, I'm not sure that it really was better than watching TV. It seemed empty-headed and silly to me, with improbable situations and superficial characters.

I think reading almost anything is better than watching most of the stuff on TV these days, but this book still didn't measure up. I don't watch contemporary comedy shows like "How I Met Your Mother" or "The New Adventures of Old Christine," so I can only compare this book to the ad clips for these s

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Annemieke
+ A great book with a lot of action and fabulous characters. I love the style how Janet writes. It's quick, well thought out and has humor.
+ The scenes with Felicia, Rosa and Berg (the dog) are hilarious.
+ Everytime you think you know what is going to happen, something else happens. Or you are right, but then someting else is going wrong again.
+ When it's getting more tensive, suddenly there is a great joke, when you least expect it. The characters and scenes come really alive while reading....more
Jamie
This book made me chuckle a bit, but I mostly felt like I had read most of it before, Evanovich has a good and funny writing style, but it hasn't evolved much lately. The first book ended with Hooker (a race car driver) and Barney (a mechanic) in Miami. It starts right back there, a few months later. I don't understand or follow NASCAR, but luckily it is not the full focus, and there is a lot of funny dialogue between the characters as they race the track.

I enjoyed the story for what it was, a...more
Diane
this 2nd book was ok. the action started early and kinda unbeleivable but this book had a lot more humor in it and that i really enjoyed. i ended up reading it all day despite of the tounge in cheek humore. i would read a third if it came out, kept me entertained. plus i like barneys no shit tought nascar chick, lol.
Barbara Brien
NASCAR is not my thing. I had not realized when I started this book that it was so NASCAR-centric. Still, the book was not bad. The protagonist was fun, with a good voice.

One thing I did not particularly enjoy was the male dialogue as voiced by the reader of this audio book. They seemed slightly caricature-ish.
Michelle
This is the second book in the Barnaby series. While I was greatly disappointed in the first book in the series, as I had been given the second book as well, I decided to go ahead and read it to see if the series improved. Taking place primarily in Miami, it involves a secret race car controller that can improve performance, a dead body wrapped in plastic, and a St. Bernard along with the main characters from the first book, Barnaby, an engineering graduate/gearhead who now works for NASCAR race...more
Tara
Well, I enjoyed the first book of this series because it felt different from the Stephanie PLum books. But now in the second book, gone are the younger fun characters that were there from the beginning, but the ones that we really just Florida versions of the Jersey characters are still there. Add to that the big dog, that eats everything and scenes that are identical to ones that I actually read- the dog eats and entire box of prunes, I mean it must have happened personally to Janet Evanovich s...more
Amanda Fite
I waited about two years after Metro Girl to read this so it took a while to get back in the Barnaby and Hooker groove. This one had all the ingredients of an action packed book. Murder, Kidnapping, Illegal micro-technology. I really enjoyed this book until the very last page, where it took a downward turn.
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