Jennifer Government

  • by Max Barry
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly. When lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike unwittingly signs a contract that involves shooting teenagers to build up street credibility for Nike's new line of $2,500 sneakers, he goes to The Police, only to be pursued by Jennifer Government, a tough-talking agent with a bar-code tattoo under her eye, the consumer watchdog from hell.

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What the Critics Say

"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 Review)

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Rushed Story w Cringy/Arguably Racist Accents

The story was rushed and forced a "it all ended happily every after" ending on the readers. A solid start but a disappointing ending and confusing progression. The narrator appears to attempt accents for each character that blend into one another (e.g texan guy sounds like a mutated bogan australian at times and a redneck at others) or an arguably racist accent (if Japan is part of the American Nations, and American is a standard accent spoken, why does the ONLY JAPANESE CHARACTER WITH LINES speak with a stereotypically bad (think a white person impersonating a japanese person) accent? It makes no sense.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-07-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape