The premise is great - a former magic college student killed by a rival warrior university is raised 60 years later to be the undead minion of an evil Necromancer. Turns out the Necromancer is a great boss and the new walking corpse, Jim, comes to enjoy working in the Doom Fortress...until it's destroyed, with Jim and two other minions the only ones to escape.
Thus begins their quest.
The cast of characters, to me, were un-freaking-believably entertaining. I even loved the villains.
Also, the narrator was really something. At first, I was a little disconcerted since he so unconventional compared to others on audible. But after a few chapters, I found he was perfectly suited to bring to life the various characters. Then I discovered the narrator is also the author, so of course he had things well in hand - just took some getting used to.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
I bought this for the same reason almost every one else purchased it for, I'm a fan of Zero Punctuation. On his blog, Yahtzee wrote that it was really hard to learn to speak slowly again and if you listen to the audio sample you can tell. The narration early on is stilted, as if he's trying to compensate. Likewise, the humor in the beginning is strained and trying too hard. He tends to reuse and abuse his metaphors, and over use words such as "insanely" and "suddenly". Sadly, these and other technical problems appear throughout the book.
However, if you love Yahtzee and are prepared to be both patient and forgiving, this book will reward you in the end. And by patient I mean you need to get through at least the first 3 hours. By that time, Yahtzee's voice has warmed up and the story picks up enough to let the jokes occur more naturally. The main character is endearing and the story amusing and involving. Yahtzee does a good necromancer voice too, though my favorite voice was Slippery John. The ending was appropriately poignant.
This book is better than other first novels by game designers (it made me think of Johannes Cabal: Necromancer). Yahtzee hasn't ascended to the pantheon with Pratchett and Douglas Adams but I will pick up his other book and hope for more author narrated audio books from him in the future.
As a fan of Zero Punctuation, I went into Mogworld thinking I knew what to expect: a parody full of whip-sharp language and colorful similes. What I didn't expect was the honestly brilliant metanarritive about how video games are made, played, and perceived, woven into an unusual but engaging adventure story. The plot was refreshingly original, the characters were distinct and memorable, and the world felt right, just familiar enough to me, as someone who's played a lot of sword and sorcery RPGs. It was definitely the right choice to have Yahtzee narrate the story, because he imbues it with so much personality. Overall, a joy to listen to. Five stars.
I have been a big fan of Yahtzee's game reviews for several years so when I saw he narrated the book himself I had to buy it.
He did not disappoint. The story was better than I expected it to be. I am more of a Sci-Fi fan than Fantasy but I found this book very enjoyable.
I hope to see more books and narration from Yahtzee in the future.
Wonderfully narrated. it is a really funny funny story. the sarcasm and metaphors are quite witty. It is refreshing to have the storyteller be as good at narrating as he is at writing. Very very fun book.
Totally different, something you wouldn't expect.
No other book that I have read is like Mogworld.
Laugh mostly. Got a little tedious near the end.
Gives you a little laugh, a chuckle here and there. Something that is totally different and unusal. Love the "gang" and their witty comments.
Avid science fiction & fantasy reader.
Hands down, this is the funniest book I have ever had the pleasure to read or listen to.
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre. Not only did I enjoy it, this is the only book to my memory which made me actually laugh. And when I say laugh, I don't just mean a dry chuckle or smirk - I am referring to a big full belly laugh.
With this book Mr Croshaw has made myself a fan of his work.
Yes, because author's sense of humor shows even better when you hear it in his voice inflections.
Yes. It was of the same caliber to his better works.
If you have the time.
Fun story with several laugh out loud moments. However the sound quality is poor. The "S" sounds and "K" sounds in the beginning are like daggers to the ear. A good sound engineer could fix that. The narration was about the worst I have ever experienced. The author wrote a wonderful story, but really should have had someone else narrate it. The audible starts and stops jar the reader out of the story every few minutes. Maybe a sound engineer could fix that as well. Again, I want to say, I loved the story. But it was painful to listen to.
The story was good, and the humor was much like the Diskworld series. Croshaw has a long way to go to reach Pratchett status.
As a narrator Croshaw sounded like he was speaking through his nose. At times I could have sworn that I could her him blowing smoke after inhaling from a cigarette.