- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: March 1, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003AKA4M6
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Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu Audiobook – Unabridged
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In this book Monk must harness the useful aspects of not only his own dysfunctions, but the dysfunctions of others. The mayor gives Monk his badge back and the title of Captain so he can lead a team to catch a serial killer during an unofficial police strike (the blue flu), but because of the strike, the only police available for Captain Monk to command are reinstated cops who previously lost their badges due to dysfunctions. Lee Goldberg made a wise choice introducing these characters so that the humour didn't have to rely only on Monk's quirks during a story longer than a Monk episode. Even with these other characters there, I got tired of jokes where monk is disgusted by a killer's act and then explains it's because the killer made something uneven. I understand a single shoe missing its partner is probably symbolic of Monk missing his life partner, Trudy, but it got old. Besides that, the story rarely drags, and having multiple murders kept the puzzle interesting and made it believable that Monk would need a longer story to solve the mystery, since so much of portraying Monk's character depends on establishing what a brilliant detective he is.
Having said that, I expected a lot from this novel, maybe because I discovered Monk novels exist when I found the authour's website where he slams amateur fanfic writers for disrespecting other people's characters. So when I ordered this book from Amazon I thought, "Goldberg better be good." He is, although he sometimes tells more than he shows, and it was strange in a Monk book to see typos, the kind that only a human editor could have picked up, such as the sentence, "It was a surreal." At least Goldberg had the sense to write from Natalie's point of view, because it's believable that she would let a mistake like that slip through. But I guess that decision had more to do with Goldberg thinking Natalie would be easier for most readers to relate to than Monk, would give a more balanced account (Monk would probably bury the scene in details such as some guy who tied his left shoelace differently than his right), and would be better at providing suspense than someone who can provide at least some of the answers fairly quickly. Nevertheless, in a future book I'd love to see at least some of the story told from Monk's point of view.
Despite these few faults, good stuff. Here in Australia, Monk disappears from TV for months at a time, which is strange for a guy who's comforted by routine. During his absences from my TV screen, it's good to know that there are a few Monk books out, with more to come. There's a preview of the next book at the end of this one, and it's nice to see Goldberg is going to take advantage of the novel medium to do something that probably can't happen in the TV series. :)
If you have never seen the TV show, I doubt if Mr. Monk will be as endearing to you (the quirks just aren't quite the same in print as they are when Tony acts them out), but still, a good story for a summer afternoon.