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
I was hoping for a great followup to Star Island. Who picks these readers? This book would have been significantly better to listen to with a better reader. I'm halfway thru and not sure If I'll finish it.
Hard to judge this book, I was excited as I haven't listened to a new Hiaasen book in years. Unfortunately I have become accustomed to listening to George Wilson's narration, and IMHO Arte is not anywhere close to Wilson's performance. This book just doesn't seem as funny as previous audiobooks. I'm truly not sure whose to blame- Arte or Carl.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I cast my vote with the other fans who miss George Wilson and hated Atre Johnson's reading. Hiaasen's humor may sometimes be dark, but the mood is never heavy, and Arte read this story like a 70 year old New York curmudgeon - Buddy Hackett came to mind more than once. He was especially bad with accents and kept getting mixed up with which one he was supposed to use at any given time, so the old Bahamian fisherman sounded like the young female Cuban doctor, and vice versa.
Sorry to say, Carl has to own some of my dissatisfaction too. The first half of the story built up very slowly and was woefully devoid of laughs. Just past halfway there was a surprising reveal that allowed things to take off and I finally felt like I was reading something Hiaasen. But it's not one of his best efforts - laughs were generally few and far between, and I just didn't find the characters to be as loveably quirky as usual. As another reviewer said, with a better reader perhaps the characters would have fared better, but we'll never know.
So far, classic Hiassen, but I will never find out how it ends, because the reader is deplorably inept! I simply cannot continue listening to this book as all I do is cringe at how Arte Johnson is butchering the story, it's characters, and tempo. This probably would have been a hilarious book with even a mediocre reader. Arte Johnson is one of the worst.
No, I would never try anything else by Arte Johnson. To the contrary, seeing his name as the reader would make me stay away.
I was so looking forward to listening to this book. Although this story was not as good as previous Carl Hiaasen books, it was good enough. Unfortunately, the performance was not well done which weakened the entire experience. I hope the author and publisher goes back to George Wilson or another previous narrator for future books.
The narrator. Absolutely horrible. I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively, and I have never bought a book with a narrator this bad.
I will never know because I can't finish it. The narrator has ruined it for me...and I LOVE Hiaasen's books!
Wrong accents. Wrong inflection. Just wrong everything. Very distracting.
I wish I could get my 1 credit back!
Bad Monkey suffers so severely due to bad narration that I honestly can't tell if Hiaasen is off his game or not. I've listened to a lot of audio books and Arte Johnson's reading of this book is probably the worst I've ever heard.
Never, never, never. He's awful.
I've adored and read (listened to) Carl Hiaasen's books for years –so much so that I'll read the kids books as well as the adult ones. This one (downloaded the day it came available) was just disappointing, not terrible, but not up to the level of, say, Stormy Weather narrated by George Wilson (whose timing, tone and deadpan characterizations are exquisite and perfect for Hiaasen's lunatic hilarity).
The printed edition of the book has gotten good reviews, so it may just be that Arte Johnson's voice is the problem: too old-sounding and hesitant for Hiaasen's work, making the book sound corny and clunky. If you're a Hiaasen fan, you might want to read this one with your eyes, not your ears. If you're new to Hiaasen, don't start with this one.
George Wilson understands how to read Carl Hiaasen. The jewel that is Hiaasen is his outlandish characters in improbably situations which put together make for great comedy combined with serious commentary. With this reader, neither come through.
No matter where you go, there you are.
To be honest, this book never had a chance. The reader was so inept and distracting, I put it aside and will go to my local independent bookseller!
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