When marijuana enthusiast Blue McKenna suffers an apocalyptic case of writer's block, reality TV seems like an easy way out. A conglomerate of kooky contestants invades the polygamist community of Navel, Utah, to compete in a reality TV show called Yikes! Participants include Steven Finch, a lovable stoner who develops a conspiracy theory involving a rock band called the Rectal Surgeons, and Randall Smoot, a member of the Gay Mafia.
When marijuana and reality TV collide....
Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book features a cast of 11 actors who portray the characters in funny, engaging narratives.
©2011 Adele Park (P)2012 Adele Park
Hilarity ensues when Blue McKenna, local pot head and ghost writer of her sister Moon McKenna's books, hits writer's block. In order to give her some inspiration, her editor Chet decides that filming a reality TV show in the little town of Navel, UT with a cast of very unusual characters just might be the thing to break her out of her funk!
I very much enjoy Adele Park's style of writing. She has a way of bringing an assortment of characters together and making it work. The story is told in first person accounts with different narrators for each character. I like this approach as you could then easily see this as a stage production or a radio show in the vein of a Prairie Home Companion. While never crude or cruel, Ms. Park's wicked sense of humor keep me laughing thru the entire book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. There are an abundance in this book!
Adele Park's writing style reminded me of Joseph Heller's "Catch 22" (one of my favourite books); every new character is introduced with a neat little anecdote that tells you everything you need to know about them. There are no blunt phrases, no cliched descriptions, just a lively tangent into their background, and then you're back to what's happening now. The storyline takes it's time, but the characters are so amusing to be around that you don't really mind how long it takes to get where they're going; you're just enjoying their company.
Each chapter of the book is from a different character's perspective, and here's where my only criticism comes; maybe there are too many voices. Adele Park's writing style is so rhythmic and, after a couple of chapters, so recognisable, that even though each character's voice sounds completely different, they also sound sort of the same... But that's a very minor negative for me.
My favourite moment so far is Moon describing using her mother's home lab to create lotions and scents. For me, listening to someone describe how beautiful something smells, even if they're just listing the ingredients, is much more evocative than reading the words.
The quality of the recording is really good. I've listened to some audio books that sound as though they've been recorded outside using a phone, and some where the narrator clearly doesn't understand what they're reading. This is extremely well balanced, contains some unexpected additions (rapping!), and all of the artists get big ticks for clarity and character.
So - the story itself. It's wry, it's dry, and even the characters who are of dubious moral disposition are enjoyable to listen to.
The author takes you through many quirks of the Utah culture.
The hypocrisy of religion and it's followers.
Yes, Listen to Jitters first, I believe their are some of the same.
Moon McKenna, her independence and NAVAL, Utah, the twist on a real town.
Looking forward to the next adventure.
Absolutely. It was a lot of fun.
I'm not sure. I got so enveloped in the story. I just enjoyed listening to it.
The story is acted by many voice actors. Each character had its own voice. I really liked that about this audio book.
I think the title tells all.
I also listened to Adele's other audio book Jitters. I enjoyed them both.
Adele Parks has outdone herself with ‘Yikes’ Another Quirky Audio Book.
I was first introduced to Ms. Parks audio book ‘Jitters’ and knew she had a special talent that takes the listener deep into the story, actually transitioning them within the story, as they become as much a part of the town as the characters. This, my friends, is a very difficult task to master, yet Adele has the gift.
When listening to ‘Yikes’, I was truly amazed that, once again, I found myself laughing out loud, worrying about the characters fate, getting angry over an act or deed performed and mostly, enjoying every single minute. Who else but Adele Parks could interject marijuana, Reality TV, homosexuality, love affairs, death and sibling rivalry in such a way it intertwined perfectly and harmoniously into a delightful, refreshing and very funny story. Her ‘play on words’ is not obvious yet it adds an underlying synchronization which inserts a touch of magic to each chapter.
I laugh just thinking about the characters, their idiosyncrasies and personalities. This reviewer hosts the It Matters live internet radio broadcast and has read hundreds of books from guest authors. This quirky little audio book stands out from the rest, not because other books are not of high quality and substance, but because it is so uniquely different. You’ll feel as if you are within a theater or stage production from the start to the end of this hilarious wild ride through the town of Naval, Utah.
Can’t wait to see what author Adele Park comes up with next.
Monica M. Brinkman
Radio Host, Author
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