Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Andrew Yancy, late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police, 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 owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events, from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island, with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters, including: the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; an avariciously idiotic real estate developer; a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded-unto-death by her particularly peculiar charms; Yancy's new love, a kinky medical examiner; and the eponymous Bad Monkey, who earns his place among Hiaasen's greatest characters with hilariously wicked aplomb.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2013
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780739385142
Branch Call Number: HIA
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 11.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Arte 1934-


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Jul 24, 2019

On this I have to be opposite of other reviewers, I liked it a lot. Zany, senseless actions are enhanced by the narrator, Artie Johnson the "Very interesting" guy from Laugh-in. His consonant strong pronunciations and diction enhance the humorous dialog. Not an intense "who-done-it." just a fun time with tolerable one liners.

Jan 03, 2019

I don't have any real strong thoughts after listening to the audiobook, only vague annoyances at the characters (frequently petty but also confused that other people would be similarly petty), contrived situations, and the narrator's distracting New York accent. That can't be a good thing.

TutorialSmith Sep 02, 2015

Highly amusing Hiaasen. If you are in the mood for wacky Florida high jinks you can't go wrong with Hiaasen, and this is no exception.

janeroth Jul 22, 2014

This was my first Hiaasen book. A smooth blend of humor and mystery. The narrators' New York accent was a nice touch. Very enjoyable.

Dec 15, 2013

A human arm is recovered by a sport fisherman and Andrew Yancy, a detective under suspension, thinks that all is not as it seems. Hiassen's stories are humourous with numerous laugh out loud moments. In particular, the bad guys who range from a slightly corrupt ex-cop to murderers all get fitting comeuppances. Hiaasen's targets are land developers who damage the environment and bureaucratic incompetence and corruption that enable them to flourish. Fortunately, there are flawed heroes such as Andrew Yancy to take them down. Good mystery. Good laughs.

Nov 30, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. It was bitingly snark-filled, tightly plotted, with plenty of action (and not the kind that typically makes my mind wander to my grocery list). The story kept me hooked the whole time, and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. The plot lines were truly inventive and I don't think I've ever read anything like it before. And did I mention it was ridiculously funny? Because it was. And I would recommend it to anyone.

Aug 21, 2013

Very entertaining book. I like to hear all the stories about South Florida. I find the narrator's accent (NYC) kind of distracting and the weird way he pronounces human ("yuman") and shone ("shown").

Aug 08, 2013

Hiassen's dark, biting humor is centered on Key West, Florida and the Bahamas in his latest novel. Andrew Yancy, disgraced detective turned food inspector, follows the trail of a severed arm that leads to mayhem, corruption, and "only in Florida" weirdness. You'll never look at law enforcement or restaurants in the same way again!

Jul 18, 2013

There's a lot going on in this novel. Some funny, some tragic and some puzzling. As a fan of Carl Hiaasen, this is not one of his better works as he is unable to cleanly put all this jumbled hodgepodge together in a rewarding way. 4 of 10 stars

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