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Bad Monkey Audiobook

Bad Monkey

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Publisher's Summary

Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy’s new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen’s greatest characters.

Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what’s left of pristine Florida - now, of the Bahamas as well - get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    J Y O 07-27-13
    J Y O 07-27-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Lasted 10 minutes"
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or Arte Johnson?

    Hiaasen, yes. Arte--NEVER


    What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Use a better narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I couldn't stand him. Felt like he was reading to a bunch of third-graders. What a waste of money


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't tell you because the narrator was so BAD that I only listened for 10 minutes just hoping he might grow on me. Didn't happen. Very dissatisfied


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I never bought this book

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    lauren calabasas, CA, United States 07-23-13
    lauren calabasas, CA, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "no laughs"
    What would have made Bad Monkey better?

    A better reader might have helped keep my interest up . I always have loved these in the past


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't know


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not funny


    What character would you cut from Bad Monkey?

    I didn't finish it


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 07-21-13
    Melissa 07-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Would like my 11 hours back"
    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    The attempts at plot twists resulted in preposterous scenarios that I will not explain as it would spoil the book for those that still want to dive in. I'm puzzled by the number of good reviews and if they are more based on loyalty to the author versus this story. The monkey was the highlight.


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    Tongue in chic 07-21-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Oh, Carl! I love you"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. You will laugh out loud and lose yourself in the plot and dialog.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Monkey?

    The "story" about the pack of marauding dogs and the appearance of chewed up buttocks.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Passed out nude guy discovered as house is shown to perspective buyers.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bad Monkey and why?

    Probably the voodoo priestess.


    Any additional comments?

    Another day in f***ing paradise. If you love Hiassen as I do, you will love this one. My sister and I had to make an unplanned 10 hour road trip for a family emergency and we hooted at this book both ways. Can't listen with the kids in tow but a joy for adults. Go for it. You will ache from laughter.

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    Julie Vero Beach, FL, United States 07-19-13
    Julie Vero Beach, FL, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fast paced and laugh out loud funny at times"
    What did you love best about Bad Monkey?

    The humor that was mixed in with the story.


    What about Arte Johnson’s performance did you like?

    At the beginning I found it hard to understand him, but then I grew accustomed to his voice and intonation and it was great.


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    07-13-13
    07-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "worst reader ever"
    What disappointed you about Bad Monkey?

    I have listened to probably 500 audible books. This is the worst reader I have ever encountered!


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    Marilyn B. 07-12-13
    Marilyn B. 07-12-13
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    "Poor narration"
    What did you like best about Bad Monkey? What did you like least?

    Narration was very disappointing
    Writing not up to usual standard


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ending ok


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No inflection
    Straight reading
    Sometimes stumbling over words


    Was Bad Monkey worth the listening time?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully Arte Johnson will not be used in any future readings

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura San Jose, CA, United States 07-09-13
    Laura San Jose, CA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Business woman, creative with music and fabric/leather arts, avid listener (I can sew while I listen!).

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    "Hilariously Funny, Excellent Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are well crafted and complex, the situations absurd, the pace rapid and compelling. And the performance by Arte Johnson -- let's just say I went on a search for more books he'd narrated and was disappointed to find that Carl Hiaasen's other novels are not among them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Crazy but likeable characters, funny situations.


    Have you listened to any of Arte Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, haven't but will be!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but couldn't. Perfect for car travel listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Summer reading at its best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Gloucester, MA, United States 07-09-13
    Charles Gloucester, MA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "not quite classic Hiaasen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is the worst! As for the story, it lacks some of the vivid and ridiculous characters of previous books by Hiaasen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: the use of the monkey as a thread in the story. Least interesting: the characters seemed a little flat.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Arte Johnson’s performances?

    No, I would avoid him.


    Did Bad Monkey inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to older Hiaasen novels narrated by George Wilson


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.W. Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-02-13
    J.W. Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "good Hiaasen book"
    Would you listen to Bad Monkey again? Why?

    Very entertaining book. Arte Johnson read okay. His accents weren't the best, but he still did a creditable job and did not distract at all from the story.


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