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Jennifer Government Audiobook

Jennifer Government

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Publisher's Summary

The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly. When lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike unwittingly signs a contract that involves shooting teenagers to build up street credibility for Nike's new line of $2,500 sneakers, he goes to The Police, only to be pursued by Jennifer Government, a tough-talking agent with a bar-code tattoo under her eye, the consumer watchdog from hell.

©2003 Max Barry; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Wicked and wonderful....[It] does just about everything right. Fast-moving, funny, and involving." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Funny and clever....A kind of ad-world version of Dr. Strangelove. [Barry] unleashes enough wit and surprise to make his story a total blast." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Charles Biloxi 04-01-16
    Charles Biloxi 04-01-16 Member Since 2015

    Stuck in an infinite time loop.

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    "A Great Premise that Loses its Direction"

    Jennifer Government has a great premise that gets lost along the way, devolving into a mostly disappointing cops-and-robbers fantasy.

    Max Barry is a gifted and highly imaginative writer, no doubt about it, and, I thoroughly enjoyed a more recent novel of his, "Machine Man," about a man who replaces his own limbs with supercharged prosthetics, but this novel, "Jennifer Government," although it comes highly recommended (and even spawned interest from Hollywood) unfortunately left me disappointed and shaking my head at a missed opportunity.

    Don't get me wrong: the premise is great. Set in a dystopian world where corporations rule practically every aspect of one's life, where even one's surname reflects employment rather than heritage, "Jennifer Government" stimulates the imagination. Yet it squanders this initial effect, in my opinion, quickly becoming lost in good-guys-vs-bad-guys, slapstick comedy, and oddball characters. The result is disorienting. What started out as P.K. Dick becomes something akin to a Carl Hiassen novel.

    Fortunately Max Barry does give us a few glimpses into his strange capitalistic vision---consumers lumber about so extremely jaded that they are unable to distinguish terrorist attacks from new ad campaigns. And sad sack employees are so desperate to stay employed (since unemployment is tantamount to losing one's identity), that they are willing to murder if necessary. When these all-too-brief moments appear in the novel, they are indeed fascinating, so much so that one has to wonder what this novel might have been like had it gone in another direction.

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    David Toronto, ON, Canada 03-25-16
    David Toronto, ON, Canada 03-25-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderfully original!"

    This is my second book by Max Barry. The other was Lexicon. Both are original ideas, have well developed characters and interesting twists. I've purchased a third of his books.

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    Cory 03-24-15
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    "good story"

    narrator was good and read well. missed and messed up a couple words from the book. But it was read good and wouldn't mind the narrator reading another story.

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    John Sedro-Woolley, WA, United States 09-05-13
    John Sedro-Woolley, WA, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2002

    I'm a fan of mystery, science-fiction, and the unusual.

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    "Just the Right Amount of Irony"
    Would you listen to Jennifer Government again? Why?

    I liked the book. I thought it drew a very funny caricature of modern life, and what it might look like if taken to ridiculous extremes. It was easy to immerse myself into the story. The theme was clever, and colorful. I really appreciate the authors take on modern culture.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was perfect for the fast-moving story line.


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    Amazon Customer Nashua, NH USA 09-06-09
    Amazon Customer Nashua, NH USA 09-06-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful"

    A satirical approach to how far society has gone to sell something. Very funny and entertaining.

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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 06-10-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Robo Cop without the Robots"

    Very strong plot.

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    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 06-08-09
    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 06-08-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Not the best work from Mr. Barry"

    I "read" The Company and truly enjoyed it. This was not enjoyable. There was no lightheartedness fun in this book. One of the reasons I chose it was because The Company really made me laugh. I expected the same. Maybe I shouldn't have. The concept is there, the farreaching idea is there -- but its just not good enough for me to rate it any higher than 2 stars. And that my friends is being generous.

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    Renee Jacksonville, FL, United States 11-03-08
    Renee Jacksonville, FL, United States 11-03-08
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    "Clever and Interesting Plot"

    The plot is clever and fast-paced. The narrator was very good but the female voices sounded a bit funny. Overall, I would recommend this book. I work on the computer most of the day and this was an enjoyable audiobook to listen to. I work in the marketing field and it's not too far off the mark on how bizarre advertising think can get!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cayden 10-06-08
    Cayden 10-06-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Government's in the house!"

    Imagine a drama mixed with suspense; throw in a splash of action and a main character that looks good in a skirt and you have this novel. Jennifer Government makes you wonder who done it, and how did he do that. In addition, you will want to share this book with friends and family, but I highly recommend you tell them to buy their own, as you will never want to give up your copy. This book is a modern day classic and Max Berry deserves all the accolades we can give him.

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    Matthew E. Keene, NH, USA 03-30-06
    Matthew E. Keene, NH, USA 03-30-06
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    "Bucket of Laughs"

    I'm sure there's a message to get, but the humor in this gets in the way of the message being too heavy handed. Characters were wonderful and the situations histerical. To see were Max has taken this, visit http://www.nationstates.net/.

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