This is likely a perfectly fine Carl Hiaasen book, rendered "unlistenable" by the narrator. Arte Johnson is simply not a good match for Hiaasen's deadpan writing style. I'm going to have to give up (Chapter 8) and get the book.
Each time I try another book for Hiaasen I am disappointed. The first book I listened to was very funny and I kept expecting more of the same humor. This one is totally boring and I can not remember any of it. As it was playing in my ear, my mind wandered to other things. That's how I knew this book was not for me.
I don't think I will ever get sucked into another Hiaasen book.
Oh, is that who read the book? Obviously his performance did not impress.
Anger, sadness and disappointment were all of my reactions. Anger that I had once again I tried to listen to a Hiaasen book, sadness that I used a credit, and disappointment because it was a waste of my time and money.
No--I never listen to anything more than once.
The monkey was a very, very bad boy! I won't give away anything else, but I'm not going to be getting a pet monkey!
No, but I thoroughly enjoyed his performance--sounded like one of the 'Car Talk' guys. Some of the Hiaasen fans apparently prefer George Wilson, who does most of Hiassen's books. I've since listened to one of the other books, and while I enjoyed it as well, I still prefer Johnson's effort.
This book is total bubble gum. I normally listen to history/non-fiction but this was a most welcome change of pace. Highly recommended.
It's insane, but sadly believable for my hometown. This is a dependable Hiaasen read. The story is full of twists and story lines that at the end are neatly ties together to make perfect sense of the chaos. Despite the grim plot, you can't help but laugh.
I picked this up because Gary Shteyngart called it one of his favorite books of 2013. Why, Gary Shteyngart, why? It seems like Carl Hiassen just keeps writing the same book. Nature good. Quirky speakers-of-truth-to-power good. Tourists, not so hot, but funny. Henchmen bad. Bosses very bad. Hot women, very very good. Hot women in sexy outfits, got by those quirky guys: words fail.
I suppose if you go to McDonald's you want your next Big Mac to be exactly like your last one, but at some point, you just get tired of the place altogether.
A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!
The Story is the Story; the Narrator is the Narrator and he can only make the story great if the story is great......this is not.
I liked Arte Johnson, he had a languid and relaxed Floridian style to his read that put me in the Florida state and kept me there for the listen... Liked his accents and the impish way he portrayed the money scenes that were beyond funny, and then comic-tragic when detailing him as the 'son' of the witchy woman.
I don't understand if it is the group-think in operation here, but even though it was a slower-paced story and read, it still had its highs, and my test? I would listen to it again...even though it was not great, it was entertaining...
Carl Hiaasen’s books have a common theme: Bad guys do some really contemptible stuff and pay for it in outrageously Darwinian style. His blend of crime fiction, comedy and irony is clearly identifiable - he has so many successful novels under his belt by now that his writing shows a level of self-confidence that we just don’t see in newer authors. When I begin one of his novels I know that I am in for a wild ride, a satisfying conclusion - and in between, plenty of opportunities to laugh out loud in either pure amusement or in shocked awe at the audacity of it all.
In Bad Monkey Hiaasen takes multiple brilliant plot lines, fleshes them out with a cast of vivid, eccentric characters and pulls it all together into an action-filled finish. Throughout, we are treated to a classic smorgasbord of barbed observations and witty dialog without even once getting that ‘been there, done that’ eye roll out of me that has become a pet peeve with other long-term authors.
Last but not least, the Audible narrator does an admirable job of conveying the ironic tone and keeps up with the large cast of characters without a slip.
Great characters, as always. Story could have been wrapped up much sooner.
In the last third of the story arc, you keep waiting for things to resolve, but the narrative continues.
No, but watching the relationship develop more between the main character and the coroner would be fun to see.
Hiassen does a great job of tying characters together from each of their environments.
While there are many Hiaasen books that are better than Bad Monkey, this book wasn't awful, but just average. With that said, while I like Arte Johnsen's voice, he simply wasn't good in Bad Monkey. Johnson's below average performance had me longing for the printed version just a few chapters into to book. His tone would be great for a biography, but the man that had many voices in his career didn't bring them along for Bad Monkey. He often used the same voice for male and female characters while once in a while tossing an accent in that only served to make listening a bit of a challenge. Johnson, a comic master missed the all important timing elements of humor as well, often causing parts that should be funny to simply fall flat.
The story itself, having some of the typical nutty characters found in Hiaasen's witty offerings, lacked in comparison to his other books (I have read them all). Also, the dragged out ending was fair at best. I may go back and read Bad Monkey to see if there is any improvement as I have always loved Hiaasen 's books. The length of time between books and what appears to be the author reaching for material make me wonder if Hiaasen has simply running out of steam. I hope not that's not the case.