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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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    M. Barnard Shelton, WA USA 09-26-13
    M. Barnard Shelton, WA USA 09-26-13 Member Since 2000
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    "The Worst!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one with an ear for good narration.


    If you’ve listened to books by Carl Hiaasen before, how does this one compare?

    This is, by far, the worst of the multiple Hiaasen books I have listened to, and it is solely because of the unimaginative narration of Arte Johnson. Monotonous, boring, and almost impossible to listen to, in my humble opinion.


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

    It was boring and unimaginative. There was no difference in the voices from one character to another. The narration was primarily in a monotone. He mispronounced several common words. He ran on sentences, so frequently a complete change of scene would sound as if it were in the same paragraph or sentence he had just read. Very annoying. The worst narration of any of the hundreds of audible books I have enjoyed.


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

    The book itself was ok, but the subtle and not so subtle nuances of Hiaasen's work were lost in translation by Mr. Johnson.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never purchase another book narrated by Arte Johnson. Loved him on Laugh-In, but not so much as a reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 08-25-13
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not one of his best"

    Bit of a disappointment. This story is very convoluted, more so than usual. I'm going to go back and reread this book to see if I can pick up more the next time around. Its good enough that I will go back and reread it, but not good enough that I'll do it right away and for the fun of it. Too many sub stories. Too little connection between the sub stories. And the Bad Monkey plays such a small part in the story. I kept looking to learn more about the monkey and was disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zan Ashland, OR 08-11-13
    Zan Ashland, OR 08-11-13 Member Since 2006

    Love novels, love to laugh.

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    "Read this book -- don't listen"

    Another zany adventure from Hiaasen. Not my favorite, but that could be due to the narrator. He has a sort of New York accent. He'd probably be great reading Elmore Leonard's work but he doesn't fit here. It's a shame. So I'd say don't miss it, just don't listen to it. I'm going to read it and I think I'll enjoy it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholette Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 08-10-13
    Nicholette Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 08-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I really expected a better experience."

    I did not like the narrator. His voice and accent made me thing the character was a very old man, far past the age of chasing dames and solving crimes. This ruined the story for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 07-09-13
    Kathy 07-09-13
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    "So sad..."

    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.

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    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 07-07-13
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 07-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not the best Hiassen, but worth the credit"

    Some of the earliest books by Carl Hiassen were griping as well as hilarious. This has the same aspirations and tone, but isn't as carefully put together. If punchy one-liners are your forte, this is a great book. The plot is a bit absurd, but that is why most of us read or listen to Hiassen. If you have ever watched an advertisement for elderly "scooters" and have wondered who is making money from Medicare, here is an answer. Frankly, I rather like hearing about bad guys being eaten by sharks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Hager 07-05-13
    Tom Hager 07-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Tom Hager

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

    Amusing book, horrible reading.


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

    The problem is not with Hiasson's lightweight comedy, but with Arte Johnsons fingernails - on - the - blackboard - bad reading. I finally decided to be amused rather than annoyed by his attempts (and non–attempts) at accents and his weird rhythms, and so was able to listen to the end. But I'll avoid any Arte in the future.


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    Martin Thomas Fairfax Station, VA 06-26-13
    Martin Thomas Fairfax Station, VA 06-26-13

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    "Just not the same, nor as good."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just did not deliver the way George does....


    Any additional comments?

    1st time I did not enjoy a Hiaasen novel...bring back George.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Chesapeake, VA, USA 06-25-13
    John Chesapeake, VA, USA 06-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Love Hiassen. Wish Arte was better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no, trying to figure out the money back thing,


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

    Pick a better narrator. Because every character sounds exactly the same, I can't keep track of who's who.


    Was Bad Monkey worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book and read it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Boca Raton, FL, United States 06-22-13
    Keith Boca Raton, FL, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor narrator choice for this story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While Arte Johnson is a very good narrator his style was a poor choice for this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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