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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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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    10 of 12 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

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 12-02-13
    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 12-02-13

    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

    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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    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Verdun, Quebec, Canada 07-13-15
    Luis Verdun, Quebec, Canada 07-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "From funny to creepy to funny back again."

    Black humor oozes from this book like the slime effect from a horror movie. The man-eating jam makes its presence here the same way the zombies do in the Night of the Living Death; giving space to humoristically develop the characters in a modern semi-parody of the fall of civilization, until the next horrifying incident happens.

    NOTE: If you're fan of the author's Zero Punctuation videos, I recommend you to hear this at 1.25x speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Chasen 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Such an IRONIC read!"

    My 15 year old son who is a huge fan of Yatzhee enjoyed this book so much that he suggested I, his 46 year old mom, give it a listen. I was hooked in the first 6 minutes, both by the creativity as well as the humor. As the book progresses, the questions it raises about society and civilization are timeless and his insights as perfectly blended with wry humor. His often deadpan style of speech adds to the story by letting the listener absorb the words and their humor without distractions. Great book. Ended up buying it for other twenty-something's that I thought would love it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Devon S. Odessa, Texas USA 06-01-15
    Devon S. Odessa, Texas USA 06-01-15
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    "One of my favorites"

    Oh I love this story, by far one of my favorites for overall bringing about a light hearted take on the end of the world. Beautifully written, fantastically voiced to bring these characters to life, I love this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    liam payne-funk 04-02-15
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    "Jam is a pretty fun book."

    Yep. I recommend it, even if you aren't an obsessed Yahtzee fanboy. Or fan girl. Well, whatever, you get it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs SJ O'Donnell
    8/2/15
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    "Unexpected"

    I am simply stunned by the way this book affected me. Bravo, Yahtzee, Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • justin gandy
    7/22/15
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    "Good book"

    loved the book. am a big fan of yahtzee but his narration is not the best. glad he did do the reading though. listen at 1.25 speed for a better delivery of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    7/15/15
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    "Less than mediocre towards the end"

    Ok characters, the writing got predictable, and disappointing overall experience. "SPOILERS" Towards the end he did the exact same thing as mogworld by killing off nearly all the characters. Yahtzee Croshaw has became the ubisoft of literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Spencer
    4/22/15
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    "Jam, is coming for you"

    An entertaining story, with a very unconventional idea. Unfortunately the narration seemed a little stiff and flat in places, but this seemed to ease up as the story progressed (maybe I just got used to it). If you like the one liners from zero punctuation, then this will be of some interest, but that's far from the only positive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Lamb
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    1/20/15
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    "Loved it!"

    Second wonderful book from the author, I loved every minute. Looking forward to whatever comes next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cameron
    1/4/15
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    "fantastic, didn't want it to end, read by the best"

    The fantastic narration from Ben 'yahtzee' Croshaw made the book for me.The story was gripping as well as having relatable characters and well characterized protagonists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    1 of 1 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

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