Jennifer Government

  • by Max Barry
  • Narrated by Patrick Frederic
  • 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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It was a fun listen. The tongue-in-cheek satirical style was reminiscent of Neal Stephenson. What depth was lacking in character building was more than made up by the hillarity of the writing. I didn't find the narration all that objectionable, though it certainly doesn't standout. The delivery was excellent, and certainly goes well with the tone of the book. I'm a little disappointed that this wasn't the unabridged version, though.
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- Yicheng

Take Off Your Blinders

This book is a great story with fun characters and a twisted sense of humor. The basic plot becomes pretty believable when corporate competition turns ugly and companies like Nike, IBM, the NRA, Mitsui, McDonalds, Burger King, the government, and others will do anything to capture the customer's dollar.

Like most good science fiction, it gives you a new way to look at a twisted future.
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- Roger Smith "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio