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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,437 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Barry Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9780736696975
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A wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the world ever.

"Funny and clever.... A kind of ad-world version of Dr. Strangelove.... [Barry] unleashes enough wit and surprise to make his story a total blast." --The New York Times Book Review

"Wicked and wonderful.... [It] does just about everything right.... Fast-moving, funny, involving." --The Washington Post Book World

Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It's a brave new corporate world, but you don't want to be caught without a platinum credit card--as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she's allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale--and everything must go. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wicked and wonderful. . . . [It] does just about everything right. Fast-moving, funny and involving. The Washington Post Book World
  • “Funny and clever. . . . A kind of ad-world version of Dr. Strangelove. [Barry] unleashes enough wit and surprise to make his story a total blast. The New York Times Book
  • “May be the most fun you’ll find in a bookstore this year. . . . Full of wit, humor and imagination, Jennifer Government ultimately pulls off its over-the-top conceit. Time Out New York
  • “A riotous satirical rant. . . . [Its characters’] excesses . . . make Barry’s world of unregulated corporate greed and unrelenting consumerism so frightening and funny. Entertainment Weekly
  • “The plot rockets forward on hyperdrive . . . fresh and very clever. The Boston Globe
  • “[A] devilish satire that made me laugh out loud. Dick Adler, The Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/16/2014

    " What a great book and such a quick read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kurt Werle | 2/10/2014

    " Is it wrong of me to compare this with Snowcrash and say that it was kinda lame? It feels like it isn't even in the same category. But... dystopian future where the role of government is more or less reduced to the standing of a multinational, where folks are strongly associated with their multinational[s]... Whatever. I vote: don't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/31/2014

    " Good plot, but kind of a lot of profanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/30/2014

    " worthy read that I picked up solely due to George Clooney's involvement with the screenplay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/20/2014

    " Very fuuny. Some good satire. Hits the mark in many respects, but lacks the guts to follow through on the premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " I really liked this book. I listened to it on audio and it was just hilarious. The plot was just extreme and funny take on the new world order theme and the characters were just bumbling and goofy. It was chaos but funny!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 12/25/2013

    " Takes the idea of corporations controlling the world to the possible extreme - very insightful read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Stewart | 11/9/2013

    " I agree this book is a lot like a failed screen play but the parts that are good are really good. The parts that are bad are just boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Theyellowdart | 11/5/2013

    " Could be better - I didn't feel any connection with ANY character. There wasn't enough development for my liking. It jumps from person to person just like World War Z did, but less effectively. The premise is intriguing, but the execution was weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Tuccio | 11/1/2013

    " Read this book on the way to Florida, while in Florida, and finished it on the way home from Florida...yes i originally bought the book because I saw Jennifer....i know i'm a dork. it's a great book about the "future" and business! highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian Hugs-Bois | 7/2/2013

    " Some fun interesting concepts by Max Barry about corporate domination. I preferred the campness at the start, I found it less engaging when it took itself seriously. Great to see an Australian writer find success. "

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

    " It was fine. Weirdly fluffy for dystopian literature, but fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 12/1/2012

    " One of my favorite books. Just so clever and well written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erich | 8/1/2012

    " Beats you over the head with any messages the author is trying to convey. Everything that happens is outrageously farcical, and not in a good way. Not a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 3/23/2012

    " Superb black comedy. How to succeed in business...meets OCP. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Powell | 2/10/2012

    " A good, fast, fun book to read. I'd started this and made it half way before...must have gotten busy..but glad to find it and give it another read. Nothing too earth shattering, but a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/10/2011

    " Another "corporations have taken over everything" dystopic novel, but with interesting characters, decent humor and good action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/9/2011

    " I just couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/9/2011

    " This book bent my mind! It is all too probable if we continue in our consumerism ways. It is an adult read (mature content and language) about a future that is all too possible given our current marketing and funding trends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dori | 5/22/2011

    " Interesting look at a future world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/18/2011

    " Totally recommend the book because it shows a insanely interesting dystopian future, where people belong not to countries, but to companies, and where marketing skills are the only important assets to survive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Benjamin | 5/16/2011

    " If you get confused with names NO NOT READ THIS BOOK you will never know who is who... believe me it will mess with your brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 4/5/2011

    " Very cool concept of a corporate future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 3/21/2011

    " I really liked the idea and the book was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 2/9/2011

    " Good read, The story line kept me hooked the whole way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/1/2011

    " A really interesting concept. Characters were engaging, and written in a clear, honest manner. "

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About the Author
Author Max Barry

Max Barry is the author of SyrupJennifer GovernmentCompany, and Machine Man. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.