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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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    James burleson, TX, United States 09-24-14
    James burleson, TX, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun"
    If you could sum up Bad Monkey in three words, what would they be?

    Lololololo


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was quick. It didn't bog down


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The house next door that was being sold and the pranks he pulled to sabotage the selling


    Any additional comments?

    it's a fun book. You may not want to eat at restaurants later

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    jjob 09-17-14
    jjob 09-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "week compared to past books"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More plot, humor and characters don't have depth


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    weak


    Any additional comments?

    Carl Hiassen can be outrageously funny. Bad Monkey works to hard to be outrageous and funny, but fails.

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    Micheal 07-08-14
    Micheal 07-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the typical Hiaasenslow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Slow and hard to follow, not the typical Hiaasen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen again?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think so


    What character would you cut from Bad Monkey?

    Hard to say


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the story was captivating and lacked the Hiaasen humor

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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 04-03-14
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 04-03-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Not the same Hiaasen"

    I thought the humor forced, the characters unbelievable and the story farfetched. It read to me as if Hiaasen's publisher demanded something, anything, in writing and he wasn't in the "mood". I didn't laugh once...a slight snicker at times on a phrase. until I remembered that I read it in one of his previous books. Disappointing. Not up to Hiaasen's earlier works. Maybe working at the newspaper has caused him to loose some of his style.

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    Thrasher619 San Diego, CA USA 12-31-13
    Thrasher619 San Diego, CA USA 12-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Crazy fun mystery!"
    What did you love best about Bad Monkey?

    The wacky characters! They all are whacked out crazy but in different ways.


    Which character – as performed by Arte Johnson – was your favorite?

    He does characters so well that it would be difficult to pick a favorite. He gave each character a voice of their own.


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    Deborah JANESVILLE, WI, United States 12-10-13
    Deborah JANESVILLE, WI, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"

    While it is still not one of my favs from Carl Hiassen, I still loved the story. The man knows how to keep you entertained with all of his quirky characters and you can always count on him!

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    Jim SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-09-13
    Jim SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So Dissapointed"

    Terrible narrator! Couldn't stand listening to him for more than 10 minutes. I may try reading the book instead to see if the plot is in fact good and I was too distracted to notice. Bring back George Wilson please.

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    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 11-01-13
    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Carl Is As Good As Ever (Johnson, not so much)"

    For starters, I'm a Carl Hiaasen fan. I have every book written by Carl as solo author, and love most of them. I loved this story. It follows the classic Hiaasen formula: disgruntled, alienated anti-hero who loves the landscape of Florida; smart, no-nonsense female lead; stupid criminals, one of whom becomes more and more disfigured through the story while they do everything in their limited intellectual powers to harm the environment, and a plot full of fun twists and turns. Everything you want from Carl is here, plus a wonderful cast of secondary characters, all suffering from various states of delusion, incompetence and (at times) outright stupidity. Everything we love about Carl Hiaasen is in this book.

    Arte Johnson is not the best narrator (my favorites for Hiaasen are George Newborn, Hiaasen himself (he did a bang-up job on Basket Case), and believe it or not, James Van Der Beek), but he is also not the worst. A number of people savaged his narration - it's ok, not terrible. Carl deserves better, but I still loved the book, so that means the narrator did not get in the way.

    I say, pick it up. It's Carl. How can you go wrong?

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    Coopergirl 10-31-13
    Coopergirl 10-31-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made Bad Monkey better?

    We tried to listen to this book on a vacation trip. We've always been big fans of Carl Hiaasen's books but the narration was disappointing and we never finished it. We switched to a different book. It just didn't hold our interest.


    Has Bad Monkey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bad Monkey?

    I can't really even remember much and it was only 2 weeks ago.


    Any additional comments?

    Possibly reading the book would have been better.

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    Emeritus 10-31-13
    Emeritus 10-31-13

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    "great new "hero""

    Andrew Yancy is a ''new antihero" for Hiaasen or I might have missed other books he has been in. Hard to replace the wonderful one eyed former governor gone rogue but this is a continuing very plausible, on some points, and outrageous book. Medicare fraud is rich in opportunities and the billions of dollars in waste in the system are much more understandable and will be on your mind every time you see an electric "scooter chair" in south florida. Arte Johnson is a great reader and will go find other things by him. "sexy forensic pathologist" is a term I thought I would never use, but there is one here.

    fun as usual

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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