CompWare is in serious trouble after a promised merger falls through, so they do what other businesses have done to bolster their public image: They hire a consulting firm to review and streamline their business practices.
But there's something strange about the firm they hire - more specifically, the quirky gentleman who arrives to supervise the project: Mr. Patoff, tall and thin, wearing a bow tie, and with an odd smile that never quite reaches his eyes.
In his first interactions, the consultant asks inappropriate questions and generally seems a nuisance. Over time Patoff gains power to the point where he seems to be running the whole company. He enacts arbitrary and invasive changes to office protocol; he places cameras all over the building, causing paranoia among the workers; he calls employees at all hours of the night; and he visits some of their homes and menaces their families. People who defy the consultant get fired...or worse. The employees of CompWare soon realize they're not just fighting for their jobs: They're fighting for their lives.
The Consultant is a biting workplace satire with the horrific touches only Bentley Little could provide.
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- Mary Meadows
Simply get this book and listen to it!
Gosh where do I go begin. They all are great. I think the more absurd/gruesome/weird, the better, and there are countless ones in this offering.
The story, the characters, the concept, all amazing. Contemporary, and believable to the extent that they could be, this is a remarkable book.
Regis Patoff is one creepy dude, and highly entertaining. Some of his most obtuse situations simply make your head shake.
As above, The Consultant is my hands down fave. Ramiz brings him to life consistently and creepily, with enough of an edge to make him interesting . This was my first experience listening to an offering by Monsef, and it definitely won't be my last.
The company cafeteria scene was so different that I had to go back and relisten.
This is one wild ride. It won't be for everyone, to be sure, as it contains several sexual and gruesome scenes that might be much for everyone ( even I thought some of the references were gratuitous ) but in the context of the story overall they made sense.
One of the best of the year ( in category ) and highly, highly recommended.