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Bad Monkey | [Carl Hiaasen]

Bad Monkey

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.
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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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    Tracie carpinteria, CA, USA 06-30-13
    Tracie carpinteria, CA, USA 06-30-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Hollywood Monkey Makes Good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Monkey to be better than the print version?

    Hiassen's colorful characters come to life through the audible medium! I own every book he's written in both book and audio form for this reason.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listened to Bad Monkey over two days and LOVED it. Hiassen's quirky, hilarious and questionably ethical characters keep the story rolling along at a perfect pace. I wish Skink was in every book he writes but this time I didn't miss him!


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    N. Wetherbee Chicagoland 06-29-13
    N. Wetherbee Chicagoland 06-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Mr. Know-It-All

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    "Another funny one..."
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Monkey the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. Unlike most of the other reviewers I thought Arte Johnson's reading of this was almost perfect. It's true he mixed up the regional accents a couple of times but all in all I really enjoyed this telling.


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

    I've never heard him do a book previous to this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally save books like this (Hiaasen, Rick Reilly, etc) for the car. My wife and I have so dissimilar tastes in books that authors like these are about the only things we can both agree on. In this case I enjoyed the reading so much I burned through it in two days at work. I'm sure I'll be able to hear it again when we are traveling though.

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    ScratchGolfer 06-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    This was the worst Hiaasen book I have read. Totally uninteresting and unenjoyable. I would rate the book as DUMB.

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    Pat C 06-30-14
    Pat C 06-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Book lover

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    "Carl Hiaasen back in prime form"

    I was a die-hard Carl Hiaasen fan until “Nature Girl” and “Star Island” both of which were substandard (IMHO). When he took his hiatus to write kid’s books I was disappointed because I couldn’t give up on him completely but as the years passed with no new novels for the adult reader, his star faded in my firmament. I did take note of “Bad Monkey” when it came out but I didn’t rush to download it because I didn’t want to face more disenchantment. Then recently I read a synopsis of his next book (“No Surrender”) which features his iconic character, Skink, and that was the spark that renewed my interest.
    I loved “Bad Monkey” and wholeheartedly recommend it. The story is suspenseful, the characters are hilarious - either lovable or despicable but always outrageous - and the plot has plenty of twists and turns. The ending is quite satisfying although there were a few plot points I wasn't clear about - a minor issue which did not detract from the overall pleasure. I've been to the Florida Keys but I'm not very familiar with the climate, flora, fauna or bug life. CH makes this part of the world one of the main characters in his novels. He makes no secret of his love for his home state and his wish to protect it from those who would “pave paradise and put up a parking lot” (thank you, Joni Mitchell).

    In the interest of full disclosure, I probably wouldn’t give “Bad Monkey” a full 5 stars except that I want to bring up the average because it is definitely a 4+ star listen/read. I don’t get the complaints about Arte Johnson AT ALL. I think he did a great job but I guess narration really is a matter of taste because there are some narrators I don’t care for who are very popular (George Guidall, Scott Brick, Lorelei King). This is why it’s a good thing Audible includes a sound sample ;-)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard United States 09-20-13
    Richard United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "TRULY HILARIOUS WITH A GREAT READER"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Monkey to be better than the print version?

    Arte Johnson is such a terrific reader, he adds a real dimension to the novel.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 08-13-13
    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 08-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "to be young and unaware again!"

    If I had never discovered Carl Hiaasen before I could now read all his books for the first time. But, alas, it is not so and so I have to wait in dire anticipation for his new book.Which I liked, but which didn`t make me embarrass my boyfriend by laughing out loud on a plane. That there is my judgement, Okay, I gotta be fair, maybe Mr. Hiaasen doesn`t want to do Skink anymore and aims for something gapping the bridge between his "hard-boiled" stuff (the co-authored books with Bill Montalbano) and his goofy books, which works well, and if i didn`t long for the utter entertainement of reading, say, "native tongue" for the first time again, well, then, firstly beggars could be choosers and secondly, I would recommend reading/listening to/spending a credit on "Bad Monkey" in a heartbeat. Enjoy!

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    Sandra 07-11-13
    Sandra 07-11-13
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no


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

    for starters I would use a funny reader


    What three words best describe Arte Johnson’s voice?

    Arte Johnson is a not a good match for Carls book. Carl H needs a reader with humor and experience. Arte needs practice but is on the way to being a professional he just is not up to the Carl Hiaasen style of writing. That being said bad monkey had some good parts but was not his best work.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I should be able to write a comment without answering your irrelevant questions.

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    125 Athens, OH USA 06-18-13
    125 Athens, OH USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Arte Johnson does a great job!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Monkey the most enjoyable?

    This is a fun summer road-trip listen. I just had to post a review in response to all the negative early reviews of Arte Johnson's reading. This is really well-read. Arte J's characterizations are a good fit for this material. (His "Norwegian accent" is spectacularly bad, but it's a very brief excerpt, and c'mon -- this is just a lightweight comic crime novel! I really enjoyed it.


    What other book might you compare Bad Monkey to and why?

    Just a good ol' Hiassen pot-boiler. A fun read.


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

    This is the first time I've heard Arte Johnson read. I'll look for more.


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

    The interaction between the voodoo queen and her customer was a favorite aspect for me.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark nyack, NY, United States 07-01-13
    Mark nyack, NY, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Here is a possible Movie Script"

    (Scene opens as camera pans across the room and stops on an old rotary phone)
    Silence

    (Phone rings)
    Ring, Ring, Ring

    (unknown hand picks up phone and listens)
    "Hello this Carl, i wrote a new book."

    The end

    (Working Title, "Carls phones it in")

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