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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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    cybergoyle1st INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 07-18-13
    cybergoyle1st INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "What were they thinking!!!!"
    What did you love best about Bad Monkey?

    This has all the elements of a classic Carl Hiaasen book. All the wit, characters and twist. Unfortunately it got lost in a very bad reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You have to love the pipe smoking, poop throwing, mangy monkey


    What didn’t you like about Arte Johnson’s performance?

    Mr. Johnson's timing was horrible. He would either have an extended pause without reason or he would run everything together until you were confused which character was saying what. His inflections were not appropriate either. When he did attempt to do an accent he was not constant. One time a character would have an accent and later they would not. The accents were all very much the same as well. It was a very amateurish performance. I do not blame Mr. Johnson as much as I blame the director and producer that allowed this performance to be published. They ruined the book, ripped off the reader and if this was a first experience lost Mr. Haaisen some fans.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was angry that the people failed at thier job producing this audio book. I think I would have been laughing out loud if I had not had to pick and shift through this very poor reading.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hollie 06-18-14
    Hollie 06-18-14 Member Since 2006
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    "poor narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have gotten almost halfway through this audiobook and had to turn it off. the narrator, Arte Johnson is awful! I will watch and try to make sure I don't buy another audiobook with him as the narrator again. he has ruined this Hiassen book for me. I enjoy my audiobooks during my commute, but would rather read this book the old fashioned way.


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

    no- see above


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Demopolis, AL, USA 11-03-13
    Glenn Demopolis, AL, USA 11-03-13 Member Since 2003
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    "They won't let me give the performance a '0'"
    What disappointed you about Bad Monkey?

    I couldn't listen to this - Arte Johnson's narration is so bad that you cannot concentrate on the story. He reads in such a halting style (and without appropriate pauses) that you can't follow the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen again?

    I like Carl Hiaasen's work. If you're looking for entertaining pulp fiction, his work can fit the bill - just NOT when narrated by Arte Johnson!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arte Johnson?

    Just about anyone. My best friend Steve? The guy who used to work at the radio station here in town? In all seriousness, I've enjoyed several Hiaasen books narrated by George Wilson. Was he not available? Then Lee Adams or Stephen Hoye should have gotten a call.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever do this book with a different narrator, I'd like to give it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Overland Park, KS, United States 07-16-13
    Anne Overland Park, KS, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Ok story, nearly ruined by narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Don't recommend. Read the book, avoid poor Arte.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No difference among characters. Difficult to keep straight. And the Norwegian accent was the same as the Cuban one.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Sunnyvale, CA, United States 07-15-13
    Julie Sunnyvale, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Arte Johnson is terrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different reader.


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

    Nothing. This is by far my worst experience with an audiobook.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible accents, inability to understand how people younger than 40 actually speak, consistently wrong inflection when reading even the simplest sentences.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment. I love the story but am really angry at how the reader spoiled it. Disappointed because I expect more from Audible.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Plantation, Fl, United States 07-05-13
    Pat Plantation, Fl, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"

    Ok, ok. You were right and I should have listened. Bad Monkey is disappointing and predictable. Another story about crooks in Miami that climaxes during a hurricane. Then we have to listen to the mystery explained again...and again. No need, Mr. Hiaasen, I figured it out myself.
    The narration was awful. Not only are the accents wrong, the tone and the timing is off!
    Trust the bad reviews and spend your credit elsewhere.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 06-29-13
    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 06-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The narration was a step backward"

    I've listened to a lot of books by Carl Hiaasen and I have to say, this narration didn't do it for me. It sounds like Columbo reading the story. The two other narrators I've heard have been really good, but this one... it just didn't do it for me at all. It was a voice that didn't fit with the location or the characters, minus just a couple.

    The story itself was good and had a unique twist.

    Also loved the location on Andros playing a part.

    As usual, Carl does a great job describing a place that he loves, the Keys and the Bahamas and manages to capture the threats to those places without having the book be about that.

    Love the fishing stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Barefoot Bay, FL, United States 06-28-13
    Mary Barefoot Bay, FL, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry, Arte"

    It was a bit like listening to my Dad read a book to the grandkids. Dad is an engineer, not a professional narrator. Nuff said.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Me REDDICK, FL, United States 06-30-14
    Me REDDICK, FL, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"

    Great book and great reader from beginning to end. Loved the storyline never got boring

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Venice, FL USA 05-31-14
    Sylvia Venice, FL USA 05-31-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or Arte Johnson?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen again?

    I don't think I will ever get sucked into another Hiaasen book.


    What didn’t you like about Arte Johnson’s performance?

    Oh, is that who read the book? Obviously his performance did not impress.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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