• The Consultant

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Ramiz Monsef
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-29-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (772 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2015 Bentley Little (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mary Meadows on 02-09-16

Disappointed - the book was

Great for the first half, from the halfway point to 3/4 it was just so- so and from that point on I simply couldn't wait for the book to end. If you have invested your interest in a book and have 34 minutes left and could care less how it ended that shows pretty much what I thought of this book. The author seems to have quite a few fans and maybe I just happened to pick a book I couldn't get into on my first go round. I personally do not recommend.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 07-18-16

Not just bad - THE worst book I've ever read. Ever

It's not just that the narrator has exactly one voice which he lifts a bit for all the women and shoves up his nose for the child.

It's not just that the sex and violence read as if written by an 18-year-old college boy who has never done anything violent or had sex with an actual woman... or anyone.

It's not just that the plot doesn't exist and this is just a simple scenario used as a vehicle for adolescent violence and sex fantasies.

It's not just that the author doesn't even pretend to know anything about his subject. He knows nothing about corporate governance and nothing about American law - or any law; not labor laws, not contract law, not medical privacy law and certainly not about law enforcement.

It's not just that Little clearly knows almost nothing about how real people behave.

It's not even just that the premise is promising and the story starts well - The Consultant is brought in to help a struggling software company turn itself around after a merger falls through and the release of a new program fails. The author does fairly well with the set up details - the pressure of business, the pressures of family and finding good work/life balance - the disruption caused by the demands the consultant begins to exert.

It's that any redeeming characteristic this trash might have had just gets completely buried in stupid.

>>The CEO of the tech company who hired The Consultant signed a contract that apparently surrendered completely all control of the company AND his legal department OKd it AND is BoD permitted it.

>>A consultant in an urgent care center violates patient privacy in the most egregious way possible and nobody even mentions HIPAA laws!

>>Senior staff are forced, with a day's notice, to go on a "retreat" for a weekend to a place with no hot water, no electricity and no communication where unrelated male and female coworkers are housed together in two-person cabins. That's not stupid enough? They are "forced" to hunt and shoot two dogs which are served to them for dinner. And on Monday, not one person calls his or her lawyer, quits h/er job or alerts the media.

>>During a meeting when The Consultant notes that the simultaneous, "coincidental" suicides of two former VPs is a coup for the company because now they won't have to pay their severance packages (What??) AND shows police photographs of the dead men, not one single member of this TECH company thinks to record these or any other outrageous meetings on their damned phones??

When The Consultant is invited to speak to the weigh-in meeting of a lunch hour Biggest Looser competition and, after insulting every woman in the room, insists they strip before they weigh in... and the women just giggle and start to undress, I put it down.

And trust me on this - these are just a SAMPLE of the stupid!

And understand, I'm only on chapter 18. It's a 42-chapter, badly written insult to the intelligence of any adult.

Audible gets this PoS back and I'm disappointed that they even offered it at all, much less as a Daily Deal.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Johanna on 11-13-15

Not the best from Bentley Little

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Bentley Little's Haunted very much so, I had a high expectations of his new book The Consultant. The story starts really well and I enjoyed the first half of the book but, the second half just gets silly and the end was not what I hoped or expected from this Author.
There has been times I have got to the end of a Stephen King book (IT for example) and thought what was that about? Had similar reactions to The Consultant. It is as if towards the end of the book he lost vision of where the story was going.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Captain Haddock on 11-12-15

Promised So much, yet gave so little

What would have made The Consultant better?

The author writes in a very predictable way. He could have made the consultant a very dark, mysterious character, but within a few minutes of meeting him, we know he is odd, and he seems to be more like a sinister clown.

What was most disappointing about Bentley Little’s story?

The predictability of it. The gratuitous sex descriptions - these weren't necessary, and the way he took a great idea and made it half-rate and dragged it out.

What three words best describe Ramiz Monsef’s performance?

Ok, but not consistent. You can tell when he stopped for breaks.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom

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5 out of 5 stars
By Zalman Livshiz on 07-20-16

Bentley Little still got it

A fast paced and fun ride from one of the best horror writers to grace the genre. long time fans like myself should be satisfied. The book is also a great swipe at the innate madness that is the corporate office world.

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