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Jennifer Government

A Novel
By: Max Barry
Narrated by: Patrick Frederic
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

In Max Barry's twisted, hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations; taxes are illegal; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly-traded security firms; the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.

Hack Nike is a lowly merchandising officer who's not very good at negotiating his salary. So when John Nike and John Nike, offer him a contract, he signs without reading it. Unfortunately, Hack's new contract involves shooting teenagers to build up street cred for Nike's new line of $2,500 sneakers. Scared, Hack goes to The Police, who lease the assassinations to The NRA.

Soon Hack finds himself pursued by Jennifer Government, a tough-talking agent with a barcode tattoo under her eye and a rabid determination to nail John Nike. In a world where your job title means everything, the most cherished possession is a platinum credit card, Jennifer Government is the consumer watchdog from hell.

Jennifer Government is a Catch-22 for the New World Order, a satire both broad and pointed, deeply funny and disturbingly on-target.

©2003 Max Barry (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic reviews

"It's Catch-22 by way of The Matrix." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A refreshingly creative and unique read." (Booklist
"...A 'funny and clever novel' that aspires to be 'a kind of ad-world version of Dr. Strangelove." (The New York Times Book Review)

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I've never understood why they abridge short books

But this was a great listen nonetheless, enjoyed the narration and the story and, having read the whole book years ago, I couldn't tell what had been cut out, so not really any complaints.