The time? Tomorrow. Can the president of the United Red States of America and the president of the United Blue States of America come together to stop a giant asteroid before it destroys Earth in one month's time? Who is the mysterious Doctor Apophis? What is the "S.U.R.", and why is the president of the USA determined to defend it at all costs? What the hell is the Canadian army doing in North Dakota, and why does HRH Queen Kate of England want to wage war with the USA? And what is...The Myoshi Effect?
©2012 Jim Yoakum (P)2016 Jim Yoakum
Just when the world can celebrate the end of the fears of global warming an asteroid is spotted which will crash into earth in one month's time, on April 12th at two in the afternoon. And, effectively, end all human life.
One month to find a solution.
One month for the world to unite against their common fear
This is a slapstick parody of power and politics designed to show people at their silliest and worst, almost inviting the reader to be offended. There is often vulgarity mixed with the humour. But it is very funny at times - more Monty Python than Douglas Adams. Especially enjoyable is the strong line of sexual innuendo running throughout and especially that between the two U.S. Presidents (yes, two. The United States having previously split in half to form the republican U.S.A. and the democrat United Blue States of America). Quite priceless and amazingly inventive. And so good to have humour in an apocalyptic situation.
The narration is excellent, holding together this loosely formed story with a myriad of voices, all distinctive, all appropriate. His foreign accents weren't too good but that just added to the fun. Altogether a bravado performance from Mr.Dear.
My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me The Miyoshi Effect, via Audiobook Boom. It both surprised and delighted me. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, but I would have to chose carefully...
"All's Well That Ends... Well! Great Satire!"
Satire, Relevant, Funny
There are so many, beginning to end - the dual presidency, the invading Canadian Hoarde, the Owsley, Grace Slick inspired meeting of the leadership. The urine collection... onward and forward. Lampooning extraordinaire!
The entire ensemble of the story. The delivery and variety of voices. The flow and pace. Well done.
I listened TWICE back to back! Seriously, I have never done that.
If you are easily offended, BEWARE! If you watch what is happening on the news and just chuckle and shake your head or get peaced off then you should this audio version of "The Myoshi Effect".
One of my new favorite humor audio books!
Thanks for the opportunity to review it.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
"What. A. Trip."
This might be one of the most awkward books I've ever listened to. And I mean that in an endearing way. The Myoshi Effect is a bizarre and interesting satire about the United States, a girl sucking on a rocket pop, friggin Canadians, and many other things that I can't even list here for fear of ruining the book.
If you don't enjoy good satire or a random laugh, then this book isn't for you. But if you like to laugh at the most ridiculous and random things -- this is a great respite from the world around us. The innuendos between the two presidents might be one of the funniest scenes I've read/listened to in a book in a long time.
But, seriously -- Myoshi Effect was good. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I could tell that Yoakum had a point to it all (even if that point was to make the user laugh). And it was the perfect length to not feel drawn out.
David S. Dear does the narration for it giving each and every character (and there were quite a few of them) a voice. Some of them were better than others. I definitely like the general who basically acted like a hype man, some of the Canadian voices (mostly because they made me laugh -- I live really close to Canada), and the two presidents. His narration definitely helped this already ridiculous and funny satire be even more ridiculous and satiristic (even though that's not a word).
I received this book as a gift, and that has not affected my opinion of the book at all.
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"FUNNY TO THE LAST...uh, 'DRIP' ON THE SHORE"
Received this by a book representative for an honest review...
Some very funny parts, some cheesy, some crude and some deviant. I did laugh out loud a few times.Good narration allowing me to stay intrigued. Plot seemed to bounce around some and would have liked more of a well rounded story but for what it intended to be I think it nailed it pretty good. Plus, the fact that some are actually facts were are mind-blowing. Loved the dialogue between Presidents, very funny innuendo that just kept going and going. I hope to see more like this
"Highly Entertaining Satire Story"
The Myoshi Effect is a highly entertaining satirical novel that made made me laugh several times. The book moved along quickly and definitely kept me entertained for the entire duration of the story. There were several parts that had me laughing, and a couple of really uncomfortable parts. The narrator did a fantastic job with this novel. He used an impressive variety of accents, and he voiced all of the characters perfectly. His voice, pace, and tone fit this novel perfectly. I’m definitely glad I listened.
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Hilarious in a Bad movie sort of way"
Probably the very strange relationship between the two presidents... it was entertaining.
The President of the USA (do not know how to spell his name)
I do not see it being a TV show, but I suppose it could be made into a movie. It would be a ridiculous movie
This book was given to me at no charge, in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom
I want to say I was very entertained by the book. I realize that it is a satire, which does not tend to be my genre as much, but it also had the vibe of a bad movie that you just love to watch because it is so ridiculous. Even understanding that is intended to be a satire, there are some flow issues and some plot holes or weaknesses. All that aside, the book was very entertaining.
"Goofy End of the World Audiobook"
Funny Crazy Atypical
Most of my friends that like the genera of post apocalypse,dystopian science fiction, and other end of the world stories I would not recommend this audio-book to for the reason this is not for them. This is an audio-book for people who enjoy Monty Python, you need a particular sense of humor to enjoy this audio-book.
My favorite scene is where the Canadian Prime Minister is explaining to Queen Kate (MIddleton) why he invaded North Dakota. Her rant is priceless.
There were no really moving emotional moments for me but I did laugh several times and groan a few times as well.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
"Funny take on results of todays politics"
In this funny take on what would happen if the blue and red states split, when an asteroid is about to hit the Earth, its becomes a political free for all, with 2 Presidents of the United States, one of whom is just a little bit nuts, having to deal with not only the asteroid, but also Canada invading North Dakota, crazy generals, and a wild cast of characters. All in all a funny take on the end of the world novel, and when you find out what the Myoshi Effect is, you will bust a gut laughing.
David Dear does a decent job narrating, moving the story along.
I was voluntarily given a review copy of this audiobook by the narrator, author or publisher through Audiobookboom.
"Of Asteroids and Precious Bodily Fluids"
Imagine an audiobook where, faced with imminent death and destruction (a humongous 25 million-ton asteroid is careening directly towards Earth), our squabbling politicians all come together to maturely face the threat, all countries unite in a common goal, and the public actually seeks out the expertise of competent scientists to avert the disaster.
The Myoshi Effect is not that audiobook.
Humans are humans, folks, and we don't like to change. We hilariously don't like to change. Those in power remain just as self-serving, clownish and petty---and insane---as always, countries still go to war (you'll never guess the aggressor), the population remains in ostrich-head-in-the-sand denial mode or spontaneous suicide mood, which leads to some outrageous, implausible, crazy scenarios.
The jokes are hit or miss, more slapdash slapstick than dark parody, but with enough hits to keep the all-over-the-map plot moving along. Mix one part "The War Room" scene overseen, not by a wimpish Pres. Merkin Muffley-type, but by a sexually confused General Jack D. ("our precious bodily fluids") Ripper character in Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece "Dr. Strangelove," (although, to be honest, the humor only rarely rises to that level of satire and sophistication) with three parts of "The Three Stooges Have Rocket--Will Travel" and a tiny pinch of "Armageddon" and you'll get an idea of what's on the menu. Expect a lot of name-dropping. Even Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton warrant a brief mention but, in this world, neither wins the presidency in 2016---with side-splitting results.
All in all, an entertaining and different listen. Urine for a helluva strange whiz-bang journey.
The narrator does an excellent job with the many characters and accents, which makes listening to the audiobook probably a more interesting and funny experience than reading the book.
This audiobook was given to me for free by Audiobooks Boom in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Aerosol Cheeses Products the End the World?"
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.
"Wasn't for me, might be for you"
The description sounded like this book should have been right up my alley. I like stories that pull elements from events happening in real life and satirize them. The cover at the time of my reading (listening) of the book claimed fans of Douglas Adams type of sci-fi humour would like it. While it started out ok, what’s not included in the sample is that instead of focusing on the hilarity that could have been had with the storyline, the plot goes after the low hanging fruit of vulgarity and bathroom humor. I’m not against vulgarity or non-stop innuendo when integrated into some semblance of a plot. The book had a story hook which was great… but didn’t deliver for me. Maybe now you know what to expect going in, you might have a chance if liking it.
I was disappointed because I didn't expect the book to go the way it did, however if you go in expecting something similar to family guy, american dad, with elements of american pie thrown in, this will probably be enjoyable and funny for you.
The narrator did a decent job. It was easy enough to keep track of the characters.
I was provided this review copy audiobook at no cost by the author, narrator, or publisher for an unbiased review.
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