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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Barry Narrator: Patrick Frederic Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2003 ISBN: 9780739302378
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Jennifer Government is Here to Help!

In Max Barry’s twisted, hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations (except for a few deluded holdouts like the French); taxes are illegal; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly-traded security firms; the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly. It’s a free market paradise!

Hack Nike is a lowly Merchandising Officer who’s not very good at negotiating his salary. So when John Nike and John Nike, executives from the promised land of Marketing, offer him a contract, he signs without reading it. Unfortunately, Hack’s new contract involves shooting teenagers to build up street cred for Nike’s new line of $2,500 sneakers. Scared, Hack goes to The Police, who assume he’s asking for a subcontracting deal and lease the assassinations to the NRA.

Soon Hack finds himself pursued by Jennifer Government, a tough-talking agent with a barcode tattoo under her eye and a rabid determination to nail John Nike (the boss of the other John Nike). In a world where your job title means everything, the most cherished possession is a platinum credit card, and advertising jingles give way to automatic weapons in the fight for market share, Jennifer Government is the consumer watchdog from hell.

Jennifer Government is the kind of novel that can become a byword--a Catch-22 for the New World Order, a satire both broad and pointed, deeply funny and disturbingly on-target.


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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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leilani | 2/4/2014

    " I'm torn over the rating to give this book. It was very well written and highly intriguing. It portrays an alternate reality that is highly believable and well thought out. However, those facts are also what makes this a damn scary book. Our reality could very easily be this alternate reality. It's something to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/24/2014

    " Regulatory oversight committees are much more exciting in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 1/22/2014

    " This strange tale was a good read, but that says it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/18/2014

    " sooooo scary because it's soooo around the corner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel B. | 12/29/2013

    " Editing could have been tighter but the pace and disturbing entertainment make up for it. What happens when companies are stronger (and much better funded) than the government. When employees are branded by the company they work for. When a marketing campaign goes much too far. And when loyalty / points programs literally go to war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.T. | 12/20/2013

    " A quick, minorly insightful read. Nothing too terribly spectacular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edwin | 11/24/2013

    " Fast and fun. A fairly plausible glimpse into what a libertarian's wet dream might look like - a nightmarish scenario for a glassy-eyed liberal such as myself. ;) Not a perfect book - there were some action-movie cliches and the likelihood of the characters crossing paths so often in so many wild scenarios spread out all over the world is low to say the least - but still, a very entertaining read with a valuable message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 11/20/2013

    " clever idea, funny execution, unltimately only vaguely satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanee | 11/4/2013

    " I love this book, such a good concept, and scarily probably quite an accurate prediction for the future! It was first recommended to me in a marketing lecture at uni, but I've since recommended it to friends for the pure enjoyment of it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/28/2013

    " Funny; a bit silly. Not terrifically plausible, but an entertaining read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erich | 10/4/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Powell | 7/25/2013

    " 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 Andy Bartholomew | 7/3/2013

    " I wish I'd read this book when I was 12. I like the dystopian flavor, but the plot was a little light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/10/2013

    " Hilarious, and kinda scary. Great satire, great look into one of our possible futures. Highly reccommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 5/1/2013

    " Wacky, skewed vision of the future where corporations have free reign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/3/2013

    " Interesting premise but wraps up a little too neatly at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davion Hellstrom | 2/7/2013

    " Funny book set in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sohum Banerjea | 12/2/2012

    " The ride is incredible, the ideas are hilarious and just a little plausible, and the characters are lovably over-the-top. If 1984 and Brave New World form two points on a dystopic triangle, this is the best I've come to the third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Joan | 6/12/2012

    " Somewhat off the wall, but otherwise fantastic. Fast paced, plenty of twists. Graphic & violent, yet funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 5/16/2012

    " Jennifer Government by Max Barry (2004) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 3/26/2012

    " Intersting take on a possible future of capitalism. Not the best sci-fi ever, but different and a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin | 3/22/2012

    " One of my favorite cyberpunk novels. "

  • 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

Patrick Frederic is an American actor whose film and television credits include The Big Easy, 200 Cigarettes, and Law & Order, among others.