I loved Jennifer Government, which I read, and didn't like Company, to which I listened. I suspect the difference is not in Max Barry, the author, but in the reader. He misses the character of the book - ironic and deadpan - and instead reads it as though he were auditioning for I Love Lucy. Big lines, big emphasis, big big big. All too big. Maybe he should catch Weeds.
I have read a lot of comments about the narrator and I personally liked the voices and enjoyed the book. I thought it was pretty funny, not really what I expected but I still liked it alot.
This is a good listen, the narrator helps bring the characters to life, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. Very entertaining.
If you're looking for piercing new insight into the corproate world, this isn't it. But if you work as a cog in the machine of a large company as I do, or enjoy Dilbert or "the Office" on TV, then this will make you laugh and is well worth the price. I found the reader to be excellent and thought he picked up nicely on the spirit of the book.
Now when I talk with my fellow cogs about "senior management", it takes on a whole new meaning...
I started reading a friend's copy of Company randomly. I enjoyed the first 100 pages so much that I plunked down my money on the audible version. What a mistake. The problem was not the book but rather the narration. The voices are so overdone and ridiculous that the book is rendered unlistenable. All of the biting, subtle, satire is completely lost as the reader hits you over the head with his interpretation of the characters. Save your Audible credits on this one and pick up the hardcopy.
Throughly enjoyable. The narrator was great. His light voice helped the story remain humerous throughout the story. This is my first hear of this author, but I enjoyed the story so much, I'm going to listen to it again as well as look for other books by him.