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Jam | [Yahtzee Croshaw]

Jam

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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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.

©2012 Yahtzee Croshaw (P)2013 Yahtzee Croshaw

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    Alyssa 04-23-14
    Alyssa 04-23-14 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"

    After reading Mogworld, I was hopeful that Yahtzee Croshaw would develop into a decent writer. He has made some steps towards refining his technical skills. I noticed less word repetition and fewer abuses of adverbs in dialogue attribution (though they're still there). Unfortunately, this is a book with only one joke and it wears out very fast.

    I had the opposite experience with this book as I had with Mogworld. Croshaw's first book starts out slow and stilted and builds into something humorous and meaningful. This book elicits chuckles right away but they quickly subside into a long, awkward silence. Each of the secondary characters has only one trait, a problem that is continuously highlighted by Croshaw's reading as he gives each of them a voice and never, ever varies his delivery to fit the situation. The main character doesn't even get one defining trait. His behavior and abilities are erratic and function as the plot demands. I got the impression that the problem was the character never developed a strong enough voice of his own and so Croshaw kept slipping back into his own voice while trying to write him; hence why he is at times the keen sardonic observer, the moral compass, the clueless idiot, and the selfish bastard with no moral sensibilities at all. All these characteristics could be worked into an arc of some sort but that's not the case here. This is showcased by an early scene in which the main is instructed to save a spider, he lists all the reasons he's not going to do so, then spontaneously changes his mind and becomes powerfully and instantly attached to the stupid thing for no discernible reason. Sometimes the main knows just what to do to save the situation, sometimes he's a helpless bunny, and sometimes he magically knows things he would have no possible way of knowing. It's just bad writing. Also, I finished this book only a few days ago and I can't remember anyone's name except Mary the spider.

    This book needed to be half the length. There is no reason for it to go on the way it does repeating the same jokes over and over. There is a sense that this book was only written to cash in on the apocalypse craze and not because Croshaw felt any particular interest in the subject. I can only hope he takes his growing skills and applies them to a subject he cares about. Here's hoping he tries his hand at horror next.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Byrnvif A place 01-01-14
    Byrnvif A place 01-01-14
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    "Yahtzee, I shouldn't need to say more, but have to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Jam to and why?

    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.


    What about Yahtzee Croshaw’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 03-07-14
    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.

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    "Ironic layers of irony. It's an Ironic Onion."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 12-02-13
    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 12-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I did like this audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes i will recommend this to others. Even do i liked his First book "Mogworld" better, I still enjoyd this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jam?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Yahtzee Croshaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes i have listen to "Mogworld", which in my oppinion is better.
    I like his voice, and i think he narrated it good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh sometimes, while listning to this book.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Zak 9th Circle, Hell 11-25-13
    Zak 9th Circle, Hell 11-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Vargas the Mad

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    "Loved It"
    What made the experience of listening to Jam the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Jam to and why?

    I have not read any books that compare to Jam. It is very unique.


    What does Yahtzee Croshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was fairly comical despite the tragedies and I had some laughs.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very engaged in the story. I couldn't stop listening to it and finished it in little over a day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 10-15-14
    Joseph 10-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the most clever reads you can find."
    Where does Jam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high, if not on the top of my list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them! It's so tough to choose when Yahtzee brings them to life so well and they all have their own unique personalities and styles.


    What about Yahtzee Croshaw’s performance did you like?

    Yahtzee's masterful and constant use of differing vocal tones and other storytelling conventions give a realistic and emotional feel to the entire book, and it is with this that he amplifies the book's fantastic ideas.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "A sticky situation" - I'm so sorry


    Any additional comments?

    Yahtzee has proved that he is not only good writer but also a fantastic narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Preslar 08-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny, Addicting, and Well-done"
    What did you love best about Jam?

    Croshaw's characters are not the most profound, 3 dimensional ones you'll find, but they are nonetheless deep enough and loveable. This novel progresses from an opening that seems like nothing more than a cheap set-up for a parodical thriller, then quickly shows that it has quite an adept plot, with plenty of intrigue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlin Y. 08-20-14
    Caitlin Y. 08-20-14
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    "Monotonous delivery, good story"
    Would you listen to Jam again? Why?

    No. The author's delivery is too slow-paced and monotonous for me, it was like listening to a lecturer read from a textbook. Would definitely read the book again, however.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jam?

    When the garbage bag hipsters find out about the Goliath Bird-Eater.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Given Yahtzee's energetic, breathless game reviews, he turns in a surprisingly slow-paced and monotonous performance for this ebook. It may be that I'm just too used to his review pacing, but I had to turn off the audiobook halfway through and read my physical copy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's far too long for that. I would prefer to listen to it in 30 minute to hour-long segments.


    Any additional comments?

    An original idea, well-written (if not very likeable) characters, and enough twists to keep you entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marcus 06-14-14
    marcus 06-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A very sardonic reimagining of "The Blob""
    Would you listen to Jam again? Why?

    I would listen to Jam again. Yahtzee's sultry British accent kept me listening, but the overall story--while ironically hokey--is quite gripping and portrays how an everyday man would handle the Jampocolypse.


    What other book might you compare Jam to and why?

    It reminds me of Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" in terms of wonderful cynical characters and a lax, yet urgent, tone of a dire situation. "RPO" and "Jam" both have their absurd moments, yet somehow are completely believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **SPOILERS**

    Initially the Plastic Peoples' introduction was hysterical. However, it as well as the Haibatsu Peoples' moments were somewhat long and drawn out, and the jokes sort of just dropped off. The best moment of the book is during the opening, where the reader does not understand the characters and we get to meet them and their peculiarly average ways.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I did laugh, but it is a dark comedy, and so it isn't non-stop laughter. I had many "Lolwut?" moments throughout that triggered a laugh, and it comes off as fresh, so for humor this is a good bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Yahtzee's sultry British voice excites and entices all listeners to ecstasy. That is all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 06-13-14
    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I am an avid reader and love audio books. I do not watch TV. I also love to do puzzles. Combine the two and I am in Heaven!!! Peace out!

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    "Most unusual apocalypse fiction!"
    What did you love best about Jam?

    Loved the way the author used humor in an apocalypse story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Trying to figure out how strawberry jam filled the streets! I also liked the dry humor of the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Yahtzee Croshaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and also was scary and violent in certain parts . It was interesting to see the way different parts of society handled the situation. Definitely showed the mind set of the upper and lower classes of society in response to an extreme emergency.


    Any additional comments?

    I like fictional apocalypse books and this one was by far the most entertaining of all that I have read. Totally unbelievable but very entertaining. I will definitely try some other Yahtzee Crawshaw's (love this name and wonder if it is a given name) other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ryan Chandler
    9/12/14
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    "GREAT"
    What did you like most about Jam?

    Well the book has substance :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don or Travis as they play vital roles and Don's sarcasm always at Travis is always humorous


    Which character – as performed by Yahtzee Croshaw – was your favourite?

    Don or Travis as they play vital roles and Don's sarcasm always at Travis is always humorous


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Funnest book ive read yet


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the token. RECOMMENDED

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shangmou Xiu
    winchester
    8/22/14
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    "hum...just...hum"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    its a good idea for a book it just sound like Yahtzee Croshaw rather than a book character. and he is not that fun of a person. had it be some what different than his persona I would be more interesting.Its a interesting book never the less. but I couldn't image the world before my eyes.


    What will your next listen be?

    game of thrones


    Have you listened to any of Yahtzee Croshaw’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no. I have not


    Do you think Jam needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. its a one off book and it should stay that way


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book by escapist. it is fun but average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shazkia
    5/11/14
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    "Write more Croshaw!"
    Would you listen to Jam again? Why?

    Yes and have. Epic story. Just love the writing style and characters believable and at the same time hilarious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mary :D


    What about Yahtzee Croshaw’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic as always


    Any additional comments?

    The second of Croshaw's books he really writes well and his characters and situations will have you in hysterics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Clonsilla, Ireland
    1/8/14
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    "Great when you listen at 1.5x"
    If you could sum up Jam in three words, what would they be?

    Clever imaginative Funny


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. But I wound up spacing it out to about 5 days with great effort.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • matthew
    sheffield, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Its not Jam Its Marmite"
    Would you listen to Jam again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jam?

    I cant really say it would spoil the book a bit but let me tell you it was memorable.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abdullmm
    London, United Kingdom
    12/26/13
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    "Terrible jam"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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