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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books on Tape
- Audible.com Release Date: July 28, 2004
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0002SQSRE
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Max Barry states on his website that in the final edit, he cut about three-fourths of what he had written for this book, including one major character. After reading Jennifer Government, one wishes that he had not edited it so heavily. The book is a quick read - I finished it in about 5 hours - which is a shame for a novel which deals with such a heavy subject.
Character development is minimal - not surprising in such a relatively short book. True, Hack Nike develops a spine, and Jennifer gets even tougher than she was. But it would have been nice to have seen more.
Some plot points make little sense and/or could be developed better. For instance, why is Hack Nike such a sop? What is Buy Mitsui's background? If the Government is so ineffectual, why was John Nike (the one who didn't get crumpet-toastered) so keen on getting rid of it once and for all?
Also, it would have been interesting to see Barry bring what appeared to be a nascent anti-corporate movement to a bit of closure. The guerilla-style attacks on billboards and McDonald's restaurants seem to do little for plot development except to throw in some routine leftist slogans. I would have enjoyed seeing how this movement would have disrupted (or lent to) the growing intra-corporate battles.
All this aside, the book made me consider my libertarian/free-market principles in a way I had never done before. Science fiction is full of anarcho-capitalist fantasies (viz. L. Neil Smith's "The Probability Broach") which portray such a society as more or less Utopian.Read more ›
Given Barry's level of wit, as seen on his site maxbarry.com, I expected a lot more from the book than it delivered. There's a lot of cool ideas that don't really go as far as you'd hope, and though that may leave us wanting more (the key to good writing, according to Dickens) we don't want to pay hardcover prices for it. Still, it's worth having this one in your collection, and encouraging worthy Oz writers, so buy the paperback. Look for more from Max Barry, I have a hunch his next will be better yet.
The story moves quickly, and has moments of pure hilarity, such as what corporate competiton would become when things like murder aren't prosecuted unless the victim's family can pony up the loot to pay the cops to investigate it. But the message the Barry wants to send, that corporations are cutthroat and evil, is undermined by the fact that there is really only one corporate antagonist, and he seems to do things without authorization.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty funny extrapolation to a potential future of extreme corporatism and commercialism. There's some relation to the Pohl/Kornbluth novel "The Space Merchants" (even... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Brian R Murphy
I liked the pace of this book. The storyline kept you reading. The author got his point across without being in your face about it.Published 18 days ago by Kristen Hernandez
Jennifer Government was more intriguing to me based on the world it creates than the actual plot it follows. Read morePublished 6 months ago by August Ray
Great satire about big business and capitalism. It wouldn't be my choice of subject matter ordinarily, but was a requirement for a class. I enjoyed it.Published 7 months ago by Megan Sandrock
Author Max Berry has a very shallow grasp of politics and business.
It shows in this book and in the ridiculous online game called Nation States he made to promote the... Read more