YIKES: Another Quirky Audiobook
Author: Adele Park
Type of Book: Audiobook- Unabridged
Narrated by: Steve Campbell, Melissa Sandberg, Alexandra Harbold, Garry Morris, Brittany Shamy, Jesse Pepe, Rhett Guter, Kent Hayes, Kiki Thompson, Adam Schroeder, Lesley Mendenhall
Length: 10 hours, 27 minutes
Genre: Humor, Fiction
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Straight to Audio Productions
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
*** This audiobook has adult themes and might not be suitable for younger listeners. There are scenes of drug use and sexual situations.
Twin sisters, Blue and Moon McKenna were born on a hippie commune on Halloween in 1974. The family left the commune when the girls were five years old, but their parents still lived a very unconventional lifestyle.
Despite being identical twins, the two sisters are very different.
Blue and her parents were travelling in a crop duster when the pilot went into convulsions after eating a magic mushroom sandwich. The plane crashed killing Blue’s parents and injuring Blue.
Now, all grown up, Blue is an author, but Moon is the one whose name appears on the books. That is just fine with Blue. It allows her to indulge in her favorite pastime: growing and smoking marijuana.
However, there is a problem. Blue has a book due and she is experiencing a major case of writer’s block. Her editor, Chet Waterhouse, has an idea. He wants to set up a reality television show and Blue can use the show and the contestants as inspiration for her new book.
Living in the mostly polygamist community of Navel, Utah, Blue does not get out much. Chet’s idea just might work, so they decide to give it a try.
The contestants arrive to compete for a chance to win the opportunity to showcase their talent at a prestigious New York gallery.
The contestants are a varied group and they all have some sort of issue. There is Steven Finch who smokes almost as much weed as Blue does and has a vendetta against the rock band The Rectal Surgeons. There is Randall Smoot who is a member of the Gay Mafia and has unlimited funds. There’s the bible thumper, the slutty up-and-coming actress who will do anything to succeed and more.
This audiobook is definitely hard to describe. It seems like one long “Saturday Night Live” sketch of absurdity and yet it works. This audiobook will definitely make you laugh.
The large cast of narrators makes this book all the more enjoyable. Whoever chose the narrators did a wonderful job. As an avid audiobook listener, I found that each character having a distinctive voice that was all it’s own made the audiobook more interesting and I was never in doubt which voice belonged to which character.
If you are looking for a serious read, this is not the audiobook for you. But, if you want to laugh out loud and just be entertained, YIKES will fulfill that wish.
I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars overall and the narration as 5 out of 5 stars.
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.