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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,845 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Barry Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A bitingly funny take on corporate life by the author of acclaimed bestseller Jennifer Government.

At Zephyr Holdings, no one has ever seen the CEO. The beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else, but does no work. One of the sales reps uses relationship books as sales manuals, and another is on the warpath because somebody stole his donut. 

In other words, it’s an ordinary big company. Or at least, that’s what everyone thinks. Until fresh-faced employee Jones—too new to understand that you just don’t ask some questions at Zephyr—starts investigating.

Soon Jones uncovers the company’s secret: the answer to everything, what Zephyr Holdings really does, and why every manager has a copy of the Omega Management System. It plunges him into a maelstrom of love, loyalty, management, and corporate immorality—and whether he can get out again—now that’s a good question.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As bitter as break-room coffee, the novel eviscerates demeaning modern management techniques that treat workers as ‘headcounts.’ Though Barry’s primary target is corporate dehumanization, he’s at his funniest lampooning the suits that tread the stage, consumed by the sound and fury of office politics that signify nothing.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Meri | 2/17/2014

    " Pretty funny, but I think it took an unexpected turn towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 2/11/2014

    " There's nothing better than cubicle humor for those of us who work in office jobs. So many moments in this book made me smile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Evan | 2/6/2014

    " I thought this succeeded for the same basic reason that Barry's previous novel, "Jennifer Government," failed: In "Government," he was so busy sketching a macro-world with broad strokes that he didn't have any creative energy left over for the actual characters, and so nearly all of them came off as wooden and unidimensional (none more so than the five stock villains with the same last name, as part of the book's central conceit). With "Company," by sticking closer to what he knows (he worked at HP for several years before turning to fiction) and focusing his energies on a micro-world, I thought he was able to give both the world and the people within it the attention and detail they deserved. Also, placing his micro-world more firmly in the nether area between fantasy and reality, rather than making it a full-on fictional dystopia, gave his frequent dips into Palahniuk-style "this is how the world works" rhetoric more weight. That sort of thing always walks a thin line between lofty wisdom and bombastic pedantry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 2/2/2014

    " I think this book is really funny, but it might be because I keep picturing the office from Archer. "

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