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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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    Jason Igo 01-03-17
    Jason Igo 01-03-17
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    "3.5 stars for this book"

    After reading Lexicon and Syrup by this author, I was really excited to read this book. It did not live up to those high expectations. The book had some funny parts, enjoyed the story line and it kept a good pace. The problem I had was that it felt like it did not have much depth. The book moves quickly and it did not go into some of the details that I would have liked. The corporation aspect of the book got a little old by the end of the book. It was a fun concept at first but I felt like it was beaten to death by the end of the book. It took away from some of the other plot points that I liked better.

    If you are looking for a non thinking fast paced book that has good amount of action and humor I would suggest this book.

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    kyle christie 10-20-16
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    "Always love This book"

    Now my third time through this book and I still love it
    One of the only books that compels me to keep listening until it's done.

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    Rick J. 09-19-16
    Rick J. 09-19-16
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    "a world of possibilities that doesn't hit the mark"

    great world with lots more that I wanted to see but the main character didn't have a voice and the plot wasn't that engaging, but the world and setting makes for an engaging read.

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    Piyum Zonooz 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story, even better narration"

    Michael Kramer's narration is amazing. the story is fascinating and the pace never drops or slows.

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    Jamison 04-08-16
    Jamison 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent performance, anvilicious story."

    It's 20XX and corporate consumerism is bad, mm'kay? In a world where government is reduced to funding by donation, private corporations beat innocent people over the head with shallow portrayals of the little guy being subjugated as their executive oppressors are systematically rewarded for their ruthlessness.

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

    Fantastic narration, memorable characters, and mind-bending plots get me every time.

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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 03-25-16
    David 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
    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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