If you are one who enjoys the humor and whit of Matt Groening (Simpsons/Futurama) along with the language and snarkyness of South Park, I believe you will like “The Myoshi Effect”. The book is written by Jim Yoakum and perfectly narrated by David S. Dear. What could go wrong with a book published by a company called “Precision Chicken”? Expect a number of laughs. The book quickly grabbed my attention when it was found out that aerosol cheese products (Cheez Whiz) were not only harmful to one’s health, but the environment as well.
In the near future, the United States has been divided into two factions including the Red and Blue states having their own presidents. The United Nations has also changed because it now recognizes many other countries or people groups as representatives of the new world order; including a large Mexican cartel. How do things change when the world faces a devastating and catastrophic event of an asteroid on target to destroy every living thing in a month’s time? The answer to this question is covered in the “The Myoshi Effect”.
I listened to the audiobook version during a single long drive, and overall I thought it was quite unique, generally strange, far out-there, but well-crafted and entertaining; apart from a few caveats listed below. I thought Mr. Dear did an exceptionally good job of bringing this story to life in its audio form. He was able to voice the many different characters and quickly gave them their own unique personalities. The audio itself was professionally done and I did not pick up on any audio artifacts while listening.
I would suggest you not pick up this book if you are offended by the use of vulgar language. The book started off rather cleanly but quickly devolves down a path of achieving humor and laughs by resorting to excessive vulgar words; for me this did not work. In most cases, the story itself and the witty nature of the tale made the book funny, the language used was not required. If you are one who does not finds sexual innuendos tolerable or a book offending nearly every people group, you may want to not read/listen to this story.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.