Bet Me

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Narrator: Deanna Hurst
Genres: Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: February 2004
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes, and keep him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.

But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon, they're dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme donuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all-true love.

Reviews (35)

Written by Tara Strick on September 20th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book, the he said she said is tedious but otherwise not bad. Some narrators change voices & a few even have male & female take turns reading, not this book. Despite that I enjoyed Min & Cal I liked the realism of having to spend more time together to really get to know someone who isn't your immediate type. It's just a plain fun book.

Written by Berit Meisenkothen on May 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

i reallly love the story! a little too much "cal said" "min said" "cal said". anoccasional change between he asked, he said, he jelled, he whispered.....would have been nice. but i just love the story!!! would have liked a little more character in the voice of each charakter. there are scenes with conversations on the phone, where you can tell by one voice sounding like it is coming from the off, but then you cannot differentiate between men and women.

Written by Sirena Beckham on August 27th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Such a great book! The narrator was fantastic! Very easy listening. Great story line. Lots of characters but it was a fantastic book!

Love love loved it!!

Written by Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on December 3rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don't give 5 star reviews but this book was great! I loved it! The narrator made it even better. I loved the ending and I loved all the characters... I'm getting more books from the same author.


Written by dee on November 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a fun listen. Very entertaining during the commute.

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Written by Anonymous on September 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was a bit concerned in the beginning...all the "he said", "she said"...but once you get use to it and just listen to the story it is delightful. I loved the characters and the story line. As a "large girl" gave me hope :)


Written by Anonymous on May 29th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Average story. I could predict the ending. It was okay, but nothing special.


Written by Anonymous from Greentown, PA on February 20th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this was a delightful story. Big boned women do have a chance. Just reserved other books by Crusie. In the process of book two. She has a wonderful, natural and honest way of portraying her characters. They are real, everyday people.

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Written by Roxanne on July 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent, excellent, excellent. If you're tired of the usual fare of light, romance-type novels, you need to read Jennifer Crusie. It's witty, intelligent, with great dialog. You never once want to stick your finger down your throat.

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Written by Anonymous from Owings Mills, MD on June 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am embarrassed to admit -- but I loved this book. Yes, I agree that all of the "Min saids" and "Cal saids" were annoying, distracting and noticeable – and yes, the Cals of the world don't usually fall for the Mins, but that is why books like this exist so we can fantasize about the happily ever after even if you are not a twig.

Author Details

Author Details

Crusie, Jennifer

Jenny Crusie was born in Wapakoneta, a small Ohio town on the banks of the Auglaize River. She graduated from Wapakoneta High School and earned her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Art Education. She married in 1971 and lived briefly in Wichita Falls, Texas, until her air force husband was transferred to Dayton, Ohio.

Mollie as a babyJenny taught pre-school until her daughter, Mollie, was born. When she returned to work, she taught in the Beavercreek public school system for ten years as an elementary and junior high art teacher while earning a master's degree from Wright State University in Professional Writing and Women's Literature; her master's thesis was titled “A Spirit More Capable of Looking Up To Him: Women's Roles in Mystery Fiction 1841-1920.”

She took a leave of absence from Beavercreek in 1986 to complete her Ph.D. coursework at Ohio State University in feminist criticism and nineteenth century British and American literature. She returned to teach high school English (American and British literature surveys, mythology, the Bible in literature, and college composition) for another five years, and during this time she also directed theater tech crews (sets and costumes) for the Beavercreek Drama Department.

In the summer of 1991, she began to research her dissertation on the impact of gender on narrative strategies, searching out the differences in the way men and women tell stories. As part of the research, she planned to read one hundred romance novels and one hundred men's adventure novels. The romance novels turned out to be so feminist and so absorbing, that she never got to the men's adventure fiction and decided to try writing fiction instead, quitting her job the following spring to devote herself full time to writing and to finishing the Ph.D., one of her riskier moves since she didn't sell her first book until August of '92.

The sale was to Silhouette, a novella titled Sizzle, that Jenny now refers to as “really lousy.” Silhouette delayed its publication so that it became the second book published under the Crusie pseudonym, Jenny's maternal grandmother's family name. Although Silhouette rejected Jenny's next novel, Harlequin accepted it and published it in 1993 as Manhunting in their Temptation line. Five more Harlequins followed, including Getting Rid of Bradley which won the RWA Rita Award for Best Short Contemporary, Strange Bedpersons, What the Lady Wants, Charlie All Night, and Anyone But You. She also wrote two category novels for Bantam's Loveswept line, The Cinderella Deal and Trust Me On This. During this time she put the PhD on hold to earn an MFA in fiction from OSU; her thesis was titled, Just Wanted You To Know, and consisted of several short stories and the proposal for a mainstream novel titled Crazy For You. During this time she also wrote a book of literary criticism on Anne Rice, published under the name Jennifer Smith.

Jenny todayIn the fall of 1995, Jenny began to write single title novels for St. Martin's Press where she very happily remains to this day. She is especially delighted to be working with her editor, Jennifer Enderlin, her agent Meg Ruley, and her daughter/business partner, Mollie Smith.

Today, in many ways, Jenny has come full circle. She collaborates with Bob Mayer on romantic adventure novels, putting into practice everything she studied about the differences in the way men and women write fiction in that long ago PhD dissertation, and she is once again living on the banks of an Ohio river. Her solo novels continue to explore women's journeys, especially issues dealing with relationships, friendships, community, and creativity, and her collaborations with Bob and others give her the opportunity to explore those same things in real life. She is a very fortunate woman, and she knows it.