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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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  • Mary
  • Barefoot Bay, FL, United States
  • 06-28-13

Sorry, Arte

It was a bit like listening to my Dad read a book to the grandkids. Dad is an engineer, not a professional narrator. Nuff said.

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Loved it

Great book and great reader from beginning to end. Loved the storyline never got boring

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  • Sylvia
  • Venice, FL USA
  • 05-31-14

Boring

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

Each time I try another book for Hiaasen I am disappointed. The first book I listened to was very funny and I kept expecting more of the same humor. This one is totally boring and I can not remember any of it. As it was playing in my ear, my mind wandered to other things. That's how I knew this book was not for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen again?

I don't think I will ever get sucked into another Hiaasen book.

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

Oh, is that who read the book? Obviously his performance did not impress.

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

Anger, sadness and disappointment were all of my reactions. Anger that I had once again I tried to listen to a Hiaasen book, sadness that I used a credit, and disappointment because it was a waste of my time and money.

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  • James
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • 05-24-14

I kept LoL as I listened at the gym!

Would you listen to Bad Monkey again? Why?

No--I never listen to anything more than once.

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

The monkey was a very, very bad boy! I won't give away anything else, but I'm not going to be getting a pet monkey!

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

No, but I thoroughly enjoyed his performance--sounded like one of the 'Car Talk' guys. Some of the Hiaasen fans apparently prefer George Wilson, who does most of Hiassen's books. I've since listened to one of the other books, and while I enjoyed it as well, I still prefer Johnson's effort.

Any additional comments?

This book is total bubble gum. I normally listen to history/non-fiction but this was a most welcome change of pace. Highly recommended.

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Bad Monkey, Great Book

It's insane, but sadly believable for my hometown. This is a dependable Hiaasen read. The story is full of twists and story lines that at the end are neatly ties together to make perfect sense of the chaos. Despite the grim plot, you can't help but laugh.

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Hiaasen; not at his best....but still funny!

The Story is the Story; the Narrator is the Narrator and he can only make the story great if the story is great......this is not.
I liked Arte Johnson, he had a languid and relaxed Floridian style to his read that put me in the Florida state and kept me there for the listen... Liked his accents and the impish way he portrayed the money scenes that were beyond funny, and then comic-tragic when detailing him as the 'son' of the witchy woman.
I don't understand if it is the group-think in operation here, but even though it was a slower-paced story and read, it still had its highs, and my test? I would listen to it again...even though it was not great, it was entertaining...

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  • JS
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 01-23-14

Another standout novel from Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen’s books have a common theme: Bad guys do some really contemptible stuff and pay for it in outrageously Darwinian style. His blend of crime fiction, comedy and irony is clearly identifiable - he has so many successful novels under his belt by now that his writing shows a level of self-confidence that we just don’t see in newer authors. When I begin one of his novels I know that I am in for a wild ride, a satisfying conclusion - and in between, plenty of opportunities to laugh out loud in either pure amusement or in shocked awe at the audacity of it all.
In Bad Monkey Hiaasen takes multiple brilliant plot lines, fleshes them out with a cast of vivid, eccentric characters and pulls it all together into an action-filled finish. Throughout, we are treated to a classic smorgasbord of barbed observations and witty dialog without even once getting that ‘been there, done that’ eye roll out of me that has become a pet peeve with other long-term authors.
Last but not least, the Audible narrator does an admirable job of conveying the ironic tone and keeps up with the large cast of characters without a slip.

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  • Matthew
  • Torrance, CA, United States
  • 01-12-14

Wrap it up...

What did you like best about Bad Monkey? What did you like least?

Great characters, as always. Story could have been wrapped up much sooner.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

In the last third of the story arc, you keep waiting for things to resolve, but the narrative continues.

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

No, but watching the relationship develop more between the main character and the coroner would be fun to see.

Any additional comments?

Hiassen does a great job of tying characters together from each of their environments.

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  • ChrisG
  • Torrington CT
  • 10-27-13

Not Hiaasen's best, killed by Arte Johnson

While there are many Hiaasen books that are better than Bad Monkey, this book wasn't awful, but just average. With that said, while I like Arte Johnsen's voice, he simply wasn't good in Bad Monkey. Johnson's below average performance had me longing for the printed version just a few chapters into to book. His tone would be great for a biography, but the man that had many voices in his career didn't bring them along for Bad Monkey. He often used the same voice for male and female characters while once in a while tossing an accent in that only served to make listening a bit of a challenge. Johnson, a comic master missed the all important timing elements of humor as well, often causing parts that should be funny to simply fall flat.
The story itself, having some of the typical nutty characters found in Hiaasen's witty offerings, lacked in comparison to his other books (I have read them all). Also, the dragged out ending was fair at best. I may go back and read Bad Monkey to see if there is any improvement as I have always loved Hiaasen 's books. The length of time between books and what appears to be the author reaching for material make me wonder if Hiaasen has simply running out of steam. I hope not that's not the case.

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  • Brad
  • Littleton, MA, United States
  • 10-14-13

Hiassen At His Best

Carl Hiaasen's dark but perceptive take on the seamy side of Florida is acute and loaded with his sardonic humor. His characters are drawn large and cartoonish but we learn to love them. There is a bit of a mystery in this novel. To me, often Hiaasen likes to throw some extreme characters into hurricanes and see what happens. In this book, we do have a tropical storm, but underlying it is a diabolical plot. This was a very fun book to listen to and very entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful