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Publisher's Summary

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil and that her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons - or "Bad Monkeys" for short.

This confession earns Jane a trip to the jail's psychiatric wing, where a doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy, or playing a different game altogether. What follows is one of the most clever and gripping novels you'll ever hear.

©2007 Matt Ruff; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Fast. Wicked. Scarily clever, and equally fun for those who like thrillers and those who don't." (Neal Stephenson, author of Cryptonomicon)
"Bad Monkeys has wit and imagination by the bucketload. Buy it, read it, memorize then destroy it. There are eyes everywhere." (Christopher Moore, author of You Suck)

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Strange

A strange strange story but not horrible. It is not as good as Lovecraft Country but I listened.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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awful

I looked forward to this book from an award winner but it ended up one of the few I've ever just lost total interest in, even at 3/4 through. I gave it an hour to get better and it got worse. m

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Aaron
  • Troy, MI, United States
  • 07-08-08

Really, really bad...no really

Really bad - the narrator, the story, everything. I was sucked in by reviews comparing it favorably to PK Dick and the like. It is not on par with any of his works; it is a truly lame mash-up of fight club, a scanner darkly and some other interesting works. the difference is, this is is a mess of cliches and sloppy writing. the "twists" are clearly made up as the author goes along. that and the narrator is indescribably weak. Look away, dear listener, look away..

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Kristin
  • Des Plaines, IL, USA
  • 12-21-08

simplistic

uninteresting and poorly written, pass it by

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Awesome - down to Earth dialogue

loved it. It has very good clean writing. grabbed me at the beginning and had me guessing throughout.

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Messy but engaging

I'd actually give the story 3.5 stars if that was an option. It's a compelling and (by design) messy story with a lot of deus ex machina moments. Still, I couldn't put it down (figuratively).

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Story Falls Apart

By the time I reached the last 1/3 of the book I found it hard to care about any of the characters or the ending for that matter. Bad Monkeys started with an intriguing premise (which called for some suspension of disbelief) but later dedcended to ridiculous and convoluted. I listened to this as a book club choice and was not shocked to hear that no one but me stuck it out to the end.

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Story kept me listening

I really enjoyed the story but Allyson Johnson was difficult to listen to for me. I don't think her voice fits the story very well. That being said I still would recommend it

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Sooooo stupid!

I made myself finish this because I paid for it but as an avid reader I have to say that this book is terrible!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • oshkosh, WI, United States
  • 12-26-11

Twisty and fast paced

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Just not believable where it counts.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure yet.

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

This is the first one I've listened to by Allyson Johnson, but she is really good. She makes the story come alive.

Did Bad Monkeys inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

None.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful