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Author: Matt Ruff Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller, Greg Tremblay, Gary Tiedemann Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2020 ISBN: 9780063005280
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“Bad Monkeys has wit and imagination by the bucketload. . . . Buy it, read it, memorize then destroy it. There are eyes everywhere.”—Chris Moore, bestselling author of A Dirty Job and Lamb

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil; her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons—“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.

Clever and gripping, full of unexpected twists and turns, teasing existential musings, and captivating prose, Bad Monkeys unfolds at lightning speed, taking readers to another realm of imagination.

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  • “Fast. Wicked. Scarily clever, and equally fun for those who like thrillers and those who don’t.”

    Neal Stephenson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/17/2014

    " Really fun, but didn't like the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 2/7/2014

    " Pleasently suprised. I am going to check out more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book. It was a one or two sitting read. Very off the wall. Lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/26/2014

    " an exciting, thrilling, tripped out story. is it a spy novel? an adventure story? a psychological head-trip? I don't even know how to describe it, but it was fascinating and I couldn't put it down (well, I had to because I couldn't keep my eyes open any more... but I finished it the next day) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mokieblylk | 1/7/2014

    " the story kept me interested throughout along with some interesting action...guns that shoot heart attacks and seizures, organizations that see 'everything' and bombs that disinegrate the target leaving only their shoes and clothes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/5/2014

    " Such a unique story, it will make you question everything around you when you finish it! And you won't be able to see posters or pictures the same way every again. Definitely a good read!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shayna | 1/5/2014

    " Eh. My mom & brother read this before I did and really liked it. I thought it was weird. Oh well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Books | 1/4/2014

    " The epic struggle between the true machinations manipulating good and evil is finally revealed. Many many many, and then even more plot twists! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 1/4/2014

    " Wow... I couldn't put it down. Bad Monkeys was really fun and violent at times. Just as they describe it on the back cover... "The Matrix meets Silence of the Lambs in this page turning psychological thriller". It was fast paced, the protagonist was complex, and the setting was fabulous. Loved it until the last 20 pages or so, where it just seemed to drop off. Maybe another edit for the last pages would have helped, but it wouldn't stop me from reading it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 12/31/2013

    " This was fairly good but it was obviously diverting far enough from reality that I had difficulty maintaining suspension of disbelief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/13/2013

    " I really liked it. Fast moving with a twist I didn't see coming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss | 12/12/2013

    " Very twisty and turn-y. A kindle read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 11/24/2013

    " Loved it! Easy read, entertaining, great characters. I really liked the style of writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/11/2013

    " I really liked the story. Creative and pretty interesting. I lost a little interest towards the end with the number of twists and turns, but the ending was certainly not what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/7/2013

    " Can't believe how much I loved this book! Not the a normal genre for me. Its again a Georgia Peach Nominee (that's why I read it). It's fantasy and full of action! Reminded me of the matrix. It would be a great movie with a strong screwed up female lead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ronald | 3/21/2013

    " This was a very wierd book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/27/2013

    " keep reading. You don't know who is on who's side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 7/30/2012

    " Wow, I really was drawn in by this book and enjoyed it quite a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Step | 3/26/2012

    " Whelming in every way. Confusing and hard to care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 12/3/2011

    " Read this several years ago. Really enjoyed it. It's a real thinker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carinna | 10/17/2011

    " This is such a cool idea for a novel and I loved the beginning. But the second half was a mess. It got really ridiculous and the ending was a major cop-out. Too bad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atomicgirl | 7/7/2011

    " An interesting book that questions the sanity of the protagonist. Is she legally certifiable or is she really a member of the secret society bent on killing "evil"? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snow | 5/16/2011

    " reading for NoveList recommended reads project "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " This plot will suck you in. A total page-turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn | 5/3/2011

    " Unusual. It kept me reading, but was too unbelievable. I was hoping the ending would take it back to reality, but instead tried for a plot twist. It made the story even less real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary | 4/18/2011

    " A bunch of silly nonsense. Entertaining ... but just overall ridiculous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 3/9/2011

    " a healthy three stars with a stellar cloud threatening a fourth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/20/2011

    " Excellent book, surprising, unexpected ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 2/16/2011

    " I am so glad I found this author. I loved this book! Plus the shape of it made me feel like I was reading a really long bar menu, which is never a bad thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, but the build-up was so much better for me than the ending. More of my wacky alternate-universe brain-candy nonsense, but really satisfying. But afetr reflection took a star off for the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 1/15/2011

    " pedestrian. plus a bad audiobook. the narrator sounds like a suburban babysitter. "

About the Author

Matt Ruff is the author of The Mirage, Bad Monkeys, Set This House in Order, Fool on the Hill, and Sewer, Gas & Electric, among others. His Lovecraft Country was a finalist for the 2017 World Fantasy Award.

About the Narrators

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.

Greg Tremblay is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.