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
The humor that was mixed in with the story.
At the beginning I found it hard to understand him, but then I grew accustomed to his voice and intonation and it was great.
I have listened to probably 500 audible books. This is the worst reader I have ever encountered!
Narration was very disappointing
Writing not up to usual standard
Sometimes stumbling over words
Hopefully Arte Johnson will not be used in any future readings
Business woman, creative with music and fabric/leather arts, avid listener (I can sew while I listen!).
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.
Crazy but likeable characters, funny situations.
No, haven't but will be!
I wanted to, but couldn't. Perfect for car travel listening.
Summer reading at its best.
The narrator is the worst! As for the story, it lacks some of the vivid and ridiculous characters of previous books by Hiaasen.
Most interesting: the use of the monkey as a thread in the story. Least interesting: the characters seemed a little flat.
No, I would avoid him.
Listen to older Hiaasen novels narrated by George Wilson
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.
Carl Hiaasen is consistent as usual. He knocked it out of the park again. He has such a grasp of the Floridian twilight zone mentality. Surely, as an outsider this may seem weird, but as a Floridian...this depiction is the norm. Funny from beginning to end. It certainly keeps your attention, and kudos to narrator Arte Johnson. He is very pleasant to listen to.
The monkey. He brought light humorous moments
Monkey and voodoo lady skirmish
Even monkeys enjoy the keys
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.
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!
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.
I've never heard him do a book previous to this one.
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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