Jitters- A Quirky Little Audio Book is a 2011 Audie Award Winner for Multi-Voiced Performance and was also honored with a spot on Jimmy Fallon's Do Not Read List.
For radio shock jock Nancy Neptune, life is just one big promotion. But when she's sent to work at a radio station near a polygamist compound in Utah, trouble comes in triplicate. In a land where one good wife deserves another, Nancy Neptune hooks up with a drag queen and a one-armed reporter to rescue a mentally challenged polygamist who is being abused by one of his nine mommies and neglected by the other eight. Jitters is narrated through a series of news reports with the characters reacting to the events of the day. Jitters features a cast of 15 actors who tell their stories in first person narratives. Don't miss this wacky ride through polygamist county, where the local radio station becomes part of every news story they broadcast! Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book is 6.5 hours long.
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This was an awesome listen!!! I could easily see it on a small stage as a series of monologues. Very clever story telling format.
The book kicks off with a radio broadcast leading into the first character's story. As with monologues there is a lot of extra story that is not really necessary, but very entertaining. The whole story is mostly told through the POV of four women.
Nancy Neptune, shock jock extraordinaire. She is rough and uncouth, but still has a heart of gold underneath. She is voiced by Susan Paige Lane, who lays it on a bit thick with the Jersey accent.
Nadine, who was raised in the small Utah town and is super religious. She is mostly clueless, but has serious growth later on. Paige Allred voices her and manages to make her both annoying and naively endearing.
Sandy, a one armed journalist who stirs things up more than the shock jock! I love her spunk and she was easily a favorite character. Voiced by Kristen Henley, who really seems to get the character! She perfectly keys in on Sandy's narration and adds just the right amount of emotion to her read.
Meredith Andrews, who is the least likable for most of the read. She is the spoiled rich girl who feels entitled. Thankfully she has a turn around as well. She is voiced by Desiree Whitehead, who adds just the right amount of whine to her voice in the beginning and softens up later after she changes. She handled the transition in the character's personality very nicely.
Each monologue is separated by a news cast that gives a touch more of the story and hints at what might be up in the next section. These are mostly voiced by Adele Park, who does a wonderful job portraying an anchor.
There are three male narrators as well, Gary Morris, John Gibson, Steve Cappola, they have lesser parts in the story that they narrate. Each does a wonderful job with his section.
I really enjoyed the story telling style, it was innovative and entertaining. I would love to see this on stage, pretty much as is, it would be fabulous! It is not a typical story or a traditional format for telling events, but it really worked for me! I would love to see more books by Ms Park produced in this manner! Serious kudos!
WARNING- There is a lot of off color humor here, it will not be for everybody. Those who do not take things too seriously will love it, others might take offense.
Disclosure - I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
When radio shock jock Nancy Neptune heads to Utah to run a local rural radio station she is headed for a big surprise. Life in Utah isn't like what she is used to. Add in a drag queen, a one armed reporter and the nosy neighbor in town and you have a recipe for fun!
The cast of Jitters did a great job with the format of news reports and 1st person accounts of their lives. The fact that there were many people involved in the telling of this tale really added to 'quirkiness' of it all. I can't wait to listen to another book by Adele Park and read by her 'cast of 10s'.
I highly recommend this book to someone who just wants to laugh!
Quirky is a prefect description. It is fun, interesting and a unique story. A clash of two worlds enhanced by the depth of the vocal range of the various characters. Great vocal coaching, each character’s voice is engaging and believable. I love the combination of historic, cultural social issues all colliding in this fast paced narrative. Ms. Park’s work reminds me of Sarah Vowell. I was mesmerized by the story and I didn’t want it to end. It is highly entertaining
Being from Southern Utah made this "quirky little audio book" particularly funny and entertaining. Visitors to Utah always want to know about polygamy and are usually surprised to learn that not all of the people in Utah practice polygamy. Those of us who live in Utah find the idea of polygamy not only peculiar but interesting that it is somehow tolerated. The author has obviously had a lot of fun depicting an interesting satire on the life and lifestyle of a polygamous community.
Nancy Neptune was my favorite character in the book because she was an outsider who found herself in a whole new world and was determined to make it work.
Each of the characters come to life through the narration which you wouldn't experience if you just read the book. Each of the characters has a unique accent or voice quality that sets them apart and makes them memorable.
When Nancy decided to go against the standards of her community it became apparent that the world was not going to end and no one was going to die; she proved that one person can make a difference and be successful.
I was so intrigued and captivated by this funny little audio book that I didn't want to come in the house from the car; I just wanted to keep driving around the block to hear the end of each chapter. Sometimes, I would even sit in the car in the garage, or drive to a nearby town so I could hear a little more. A trip to the Bank which would normally take 20 minutes would often take me 2 hours!!
The story kept me coming back for more with this book. As always I want there to be more, but i get that all books have to end. I will definitely look for more by this author!
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