We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so…sticky…or strawberry scented.
Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to audiobooks with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.
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Yes i will recommend this to others. Even do i liked his First book "Mogworld" better, I still enjoyd this one.
I think the start was the best part of the book.
The ending of the book could have gone in many directions, which made me want to hear the ending.
Yes i have listen to "Mogworld", which in my oppinion is better.
I like his voice, and i think he narrated it good.
I did laugh sometimes, while listning to this book.
Vargas the Mad
The story was unique and imaginative. I was kept on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. The story is well written, and even with the clues and foreshadowing I was not able to guess the truth.
I have not read any books that compare to Jam. It is very unique.
Yahtzee's performance was excellent. His voice acting made the story come alive in my imagination. The voices added another dimension to the personalities that I would not have gotten from reading the book. You could tell every character by their voice and pick up on other subtleties such as emotion.
This book was fairly comical despite the tragedies and I had some laughs.
I was very engaged in the story. I couldn't stop listening to it and finished it in little over a day.
I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.
FUN story! Good laughs! Awkward writing?
Having the author narrate the story was an incredible plus. He brought it to life!
But -- and this is a very odd but -- as a student of writing, (trying to become a writer) he breaks so many rules of writing. And I am in awe of how well the story works despite these things, that I have to wonder, did he do this intentionally? A large theme of the story is irony, so, is it possible he (obsessively) overused adverbs (ironically)? Or he overused dialog hinting? -- (he inquired, questioningly.)
I'm going to research that. Because, if so, then wow I'd want to change my overall rating of the story. As it stands, the abuse of adverbs is only a minor distraction, and probably only because I've been reading so many how-to-write books that consider adverbs the illegitimate bastard of literature. I'd imagine most readers of apocalyptic comedies couldn't care about stuff like that.
Hopefully/probably those things are an ironic tip of the hat to English Lit students? Maybe this whole thing is like a parody in the way that "Spinal Tap" is a parody of heavy metal rockumentaries, and only other musicians get most of the jokes.
If so, I'm thrilled that I was in on that part. If that wasn't the goal, if I were the author, I would absolutely adjust the marketing to add that part in there.
Either way, it was a fun enough book, and my kids even enjoyed listening to it with me on occasion.
Funny allover IRONIC
Yahtzee Croshaw Narration was done very well to where you felt the suspense, but at the same time made it as funny as it was.
yes, The Escapist with Zero Punctuation where he writes reviews about games as well as consoles. He talks much slower but the gritty humor is kept.
!!The End No One Saw From The Beginning!!
The ending sucks i don't know if its just me but i felt awful after the ending
Decent book. Not as good as Mogworld. Silly premise but the author mostly pulls it off. I enjoyed it but it wasn't spectacular.
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. Why? Jam. This story is the apocalypse no one saw coming, and from that idea it sparks the imagination of what really could end civilization. Normally when we think of the end of the world, we go with zombies, or nukes, or flesh eating disease, or aliens, not our breakfast spreads. I remember telling a friend about one scene, but I did not mention the type of apocalypse and asked her what kind she thought it was. She didn't know how to respond so I gave these options, A) zombies B) nukes, C) flesh eating disease or D) Jam. Of course she thought jam was a joke, and was surprised to find that jam was the answer. That is the magic of the story, it doesn't have to be one of the normal apocalypse type books, and in the sea of cliched zombie and nuclear holocaust stories (sorry Fallout but nuclear winter is used to often) is this shining example of originality.
There are no books that compare to jam. I have never heard of any legitimate apocalypse book about anything as ridiculous as man eating strawberry jam, and I believe it takes the originality of Yahtzee to write this apocalypse.
It is Yahtzee, need I say more? Yes? Really? I have to? Fine. Listening to this book is like listening to Zero Punctuation for 14+ hours. It was amazing, as Yahtzee's voice has always been one of those You Tubers that has really gotten my attention and made me love to watch his content. Naturally any fan of Zero Punctuation would enjoy Yahtzee's performance and any outsider would gladly accept the voice of Yahtzee into the story. Also I find it perfectly fitting that the author took the extra time to narrorate the audio book, it wouldn't have felt the same if he didn't.
Yes, the whole thing. I know that is more of a cop-out answer but it is true. I found the whole book compelling, from *spoiler* Frank dying (the spoiler alert I don't care about because it happens in the first five minutes of the book), to the gradual realization that only idiots and weirdos survived the jam, because they either A) Did not get up before rush hour and lived about six feet, or B) went to work before rush hour (but only weirdos go to work before rush hour). Also the idea of two major post-apocalypse settlements was nice, seeing as one was for the high class weirdo business people, and the other for all the twenty year old morons who didn't have jobs.
My only warning is that Jam is full of a lot of idiotic characters (which may bother people judging from another review), especially the main characters (minus Dawn, who is there constantly calling the other main characters dip$h*ts, and other derogatory names), though I feel as if the book is populated full of idiots because of Yahtzee's line of work. In his reviews, he constantly points out the idiocy in story characters, which gives him a deeper understanding of idiots.
It is laugh out loud funny and a very original take on the genre.
If you enjoy apocalypse fiction but don't mind seeing a more light hearted take on it, then you will probably enjoy this book. Also I would recommend Croshaws other book mogworld.
We'll any scene with Travis and Mary was always fun, but the best scene was probably the all is lost moment. Without giving anything away, the book takes on a surprising but welcome serious tone that makes the ending much more satisfying.
This book made me laugh out loud hard many times.
Buy, listen to it, and listen to his previous book.
This book is very disappointing in the fact that it is full of characters that are to foolish to be able to walk and talk at the same time. It is a huge let down from his previous book Mogworld which had a lot of truly funny spots in it this one however has many places that you want to just throw it across the room due to the stupidity of the characters in the book. It got to the point where i finished it just in hopes that all the people got ate by the goo but i was very disappointed with the ending.
no i will get more books in the genre.
not put as many blatantly stupid people in it.
travis tim lord assimo and basically all the characters, best thing he could have done was not write this while he was drunk or stoned or what ever he was on when he wrote it.
"Great when you listen at 1.5x"
Clever imaginative Funny
The narration was just a bit too slow. I found the best way to listen is with the speed at 1.5. Yahtzee's naration at normal is just too slow and if feels like he's reading it the way one would read a story to children, carefully so that every word is heard by itself. My enjoyment of the story and engagement went way up with the speed increase.
Yes. But I wound up spacing it out to about 5 days with great effort.
Definitely worth the time to have a listen. Yahtzee is incredibly creative and builds up the whole scenario in such a way that the twists and turns seem natural. The characters are well developed and the story is pretty solid.
"Its not Jam Its Marmite"
Yes i would its just one of those books that draws you into the characters and the plot and when time has passed you look back in fondness and want to listen again.
I cant really say it would spoil the book a bit but let me tell you it was memorable.
All of it
Personally no i like to listen to it in stages but im sure other people would and could listen to it all in one go.
The story line is very good but i did find when they stay in one settlement a bit too long and it did start to drag a bit but soon picked up again and the story tellers voice i love it really makes the book unique and memorable just like Mogworld.
I looked forward to reading this book with glee, only to be disappointed. The performance was good, but the story not so good considering the hype.
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