Bad Monkeys

  • by Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by Allyson Johnson
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil and that her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons - or "Bad Monkeys" for short. This confession earns Jane a trip to the jail's psychiatric wing, where a doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy, or playing a different game altogether. What follows is one of the most clever and gripping novels you'll ever hear.


What the Critics Say

"Fast. Wicked. Scarily clever, and equally fun for those who like thrillers and those who don't." (Neal Stephenson, author of Cryptonomicon)
"Bad Monkeys has wit and imagination by the bucketload. Buy it, read it, memorize then destroy it. There are eyes everywhere." (Christopher Moore, author of You Suck)


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Customer Reviews

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I looked forward to this book from an award winner but it ended up one of the few I've ever just lost total interest in, even at 3/4 through. I gave it an hour to get better and it got worse. m
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- Mike

Really, really really

Really bad - the narrator, the story, everything. I was sucked in by reviews comparing it favorably to PK Dick and the like. It is not on par with any of his works; it is a truly lame mash-up of fight club, a scanner darkly and some other interesting works. the difference is, this is is a mess of cliches and sloppy writing. the "twists" are clearly made up as the author goes along. that and the narrator is indescribably weak. Look away, dear listener, look away..
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- Aaron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio