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Summary

When a severed arm is discovered by a honeymooning couple in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant restaurant inspector - Andrew Yancy senses that something doesn't add up.

Andrew's search for the truth takes him to the Bahamas, where a local man, with the help of a very bad monkey is doing everything in his power to prevent a developer from building a new tourist resort on the island, with deadly consequences....

©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The funniest crime novelist to put pen to paper" ( Evening Standard)
"‘Hiaasen amplifies the grotesque aspects of everyday criminality in order to cut to the heart of human nature" ( Irish Times)

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  • Michele
  • Cranleigh, United Kingdom
  • 20-11-14

hated the reader and the performance

Would you try another book written by Carl Hiaasen or narrated by Lance Fuller?

I so hated the reader and his performance which is stilted and without emotion in the first chapter I simply couldn't get any further than the first 10 minutes. I tried more than once thinking it might be my mood but I couldn't do it! Try listening before you buy. Shame as I usually like Carl Hiaasen for his mad humour.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen again?

Maybe if by a different reader or I'll download to my Kindle and try on that.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lance Fuller’s performances?

NO

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  • MR
  • 09-03-14

Narrator Not Great

If you could sum up Bad Monkey in three words, what would they be?

Bring Back Skink

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

Hurricane Love Scene

What three words best describe Lance Fuller’s voice?

Not Very Good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lance Fullers narration almost put me off - but it takes a heck of a lot before I give up on a book and eventually I got used to it and was laughing inappropriately as I usually do with a Carl Hiaasen book.

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  • AJ
  • 24-07-14

Ruined by Narration

I love Hiaasen, his books are great, but listening to this (rather than reading it) is unspeakably bad. Men, women, old, young, every line is read in exactly the same deadpan voice. Given Hiaasen's novels are all about conversation, this makes the book almost impossible to follow. The stupid thing is his other novels have great narrators. Buy the physical book instead, as its almost certainly excellent when read any way other than by this narrator.

And if you really need it read to you, get Stephen Hawking to do it as he would do a better job.

I'd give it no stars if I could.

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Great story but Narrator's accents were poor

If you could sum up Bad Monkey in three words, what would they be?

Funny
Typical Hiassen

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

Bad Monkey attacking Egg's private parts!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Narrators Bahamian accents weren't the best!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh out loud in places.

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Fair to middlin' - not really for me

My sense of humour is less slapstick and a trifle more subtle and I really wasn't particularly amused by this tale, the story was OKish, I managed to guess the overall plot before I was half way through.
I wouldn't trouble to search out another book by this author.

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Hilarious Simian based romp

Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Monkey to be better than the print version?

Yes, the audio edition performed by Lance almost put you in the Bahamas amongst the crazy antics of crime and property development.

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

The most memorable moment was a very painful scene where said bad monkey bit deep into a certain part of a character's anatomy with side splitting consequences.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The storm descends on to the Bahamian island while the main villain struggles in his ever more debilitated state to remain in control of his destiny.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did not want to listen to this rich text in one sitting as like a fine wine you take well savoured sips to fully appreciate it like the hilarious but yet complex story.

Any additional comments?

Once more Hiaason takes comedy and crime to new heights but be prepared this is a deluxe piece as Lance reads so well.

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  • Juliet
  • 17-12-13

What a shame about the reader

The story seems to be up to Hiaasen's usual standard, but it is ruined by the really bad narration. Hiassen has had some great readers, why suddenly this guy? The reading is jerky, sing-song and the emphasis is often wrong.What a pity.

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