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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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    Arthur Bethesda, MD, United States 09-03-13
    Arthur Bethesda, MD, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "More Arte Johnson"

    Another funny book by Carl Hiaasen. What really made the difference was the great read by Arte Johnson.

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    Ingibjörg Kolbeins 09-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Big dissapointment, the narration is awfull"

    The narration completely ruined the book for me. Am a big Hiaasen fan. Skinny dip gets a listen at least once a year. This time i couldn't get past the first two chapters. This one i will return.

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    Robert 08-28-13
    Robert 08-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Hiaasen Winner"
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Monkey the most enjoyable?

    The vivid descriptions of the where we were, the weather, and the development of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Monkey?

    Knowing that Hiaasen had written another Florida adventure.


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    laura warrensburg, mo, United States 08-21-13
    laura warrensburg, mo, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad Monkey"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am going to read the hard back book instead; or an E-book.


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

    Nothing compares to Stephen Hoye's renditions of these books - so tongue in cheek sarcastic - it actually takes away from the pleasure of the entire story to have to get used to a new narrator - especially when Hoye is perfect.


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

    Stephen Hoye


    Do you think Bad Monkey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Always love Carl Hiaasen's books.


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    Joseph 08-19-13
    Joseph 08-19-13
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    "Loved this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Monkey the most enjoyable?

    I like a lighter read now and again, and this was a fine book to fill a couple of hours. I like the main detective...very Harry Bosch like character. His antics as he tries to reclaim his spot in the detective ranks are fine, as is his penchant for sex and hooking up with both the right and the wrong people. Full of fun characters, not much in the way of plot twists, but a great romp.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I liked our main character the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the monkey clamped onto one of the bad guy's penis.


    If you could rename Bad Monkey, what would you call it?

    Would never rename it...great title.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Greeley, CO, United States 08-15-13
    John Greeley, CO, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "One of Hiaasen's worst"
    What disappointed you about Bad Monkey?

    The basic story was strong, but the writing of the story was weak. The gratuitous sex was not consistent with the story line. The last 50 pages drop in a headlong rush to finish the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    New York Best Selling book on 59 weeks...it has to be good


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

    No


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

    Disappointment


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    James M. Goodwin Jackson, TN 08-12-13
    James M. Goodwin Jackson, TN 08-12-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent story"
    Would you listen to Bad Monkey again? Why?

    I am undecided as to whether I would listen to it again. The story was excellent. I'm sure I would enjoy reading it. However, I did not care for the narrator. After the first 5-10 minutes I ordinarily don't think so much about the actor reading the book because they do a good job and and simply become part of the experience. This time I found Artie Johnson distracting.


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

    This is my first Carl Hiasen book. The story seemed similar to some of Elmore Leonard's books. Maybe Get Shorty.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was not so great. Artie Johnson's voice was halting and it distracted me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots of funny moments. I was not "moved" but it's not that kind of book. The chain of events during the hurricane were the best.


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    A. Smith 08-08-13
    A. Smith 08-08-13
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    "Cringe, I Can't Listen"
    What would have made Bad Monkey better?

    George Wilson? Any other reader?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening as I write this so it's hard to say. I feel sick as I love CH.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Skip the Audio Version?


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

    Close the set?


    Any additional comments?

    I know it's hard when the "bar" so to speak is set so high. OK, it's over.

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    Amy 08-06-13
    Amy 08-06-13
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    "Buy the Book and have a Monkey Read it to You"

    Common words are miss pronounced. Emphasis/cadence is so off most of Hiaasen's humor is just not there.

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    P. Webb Arkansas 08-06-13
    P. Webb Arkansas 08-06-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Riveting"
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Monkey the most enjoyable?

    If you like detective, suspense and intricate plots, this is the book for you. Loved the variety of characters and the numerous twists every step of the book. It was definitely not predictable. My husband and I listened to it during a long car ride and discussed chapters between stops. Loved it!!


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

    Any Robert Landgon (Dan Brown) novels


    What about Arte Johnson’s performance did you like?

    Voice intonation easy to listen to. Thought some of his females were a little funny but he did a great job of portraying their personalities.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bad Monkey


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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