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A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret.

After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

On the trail of the killer are the Ministry's top agents: a junior operative with a photographic memory (and not much else), a couple of overgrown schoolboys with godlike powers, and a demonstrably insane magician.

But as they struggle for results, their superiors at HQ must face the greatest threat the Ministry has ever known: the forces of political correctness....

Differently Morphous is the latest and greatest tale to emerge from the mind of writer (and narrator) Yahtzee Croshaw.

©2018 Yahtzee Croshaw (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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A Friendly Warning

Do NOT listen to this audiobook while driving or at least don't listen to it while driving at high speeds, because at various points of the story are moments that are so funny that you will nearly pass out from laughter. I've had a few close calls myself and I was lucky enough to narrowly avoid losing consciousness and hitting anything or wandering off the road, but others might not be so fortunate.

P.S. in the event you do not need my warning and you do end up getting in a car accident as a result, I would kindly ask that you do not sue Mr. Croshaw. He does good work.

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  • Sarah
  • BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States
  • 03-11-18

Laugh out loud funny!

Every time I listen to one of Yahtzee's books I prepare to be embarrassed in public. I can't count how many times a snort, giggle, or outright guffaw has slipped out in public because one of his books is on in my headphones. The plots are clever, the dialogue is hilarious, and Croshaw narrates them perfectly.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Cynical Harry Potter meets Dirk Gently

What other book might you compare Differently Morphous to and why?

What starts off as a cynical/burocratic take on a magical universe like Harry Potter turns on it's heel to be more a kin to Dirk Gently.
I lovely mystery being to be investigated...
I deep world of magic and monsters...
All told through a quiet comedic performance that would sit comfortably next to Monty Python.

What about Yahtzee Croshaw’s performance did you like?

The vocal performance was top notch, every character has a unique voice and their own life inside the authors head. It's the kind of story that can't be on just as background noise.

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Laugh out loud funny

This is the first time a book has been so good that it prompted me to overcome my inherent laziness and write a review. I listen to audio books on my commute to and from work, people must think I'm insane as they see me laughing maniacally to this book. The narrator's voice characterizations are so good that I thought he was a trained actor versus the author. Extremely clever satire that sometimes hits you over the head, but this needs to be made into a movie.

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I want a sequel.

No spoilers here. Just listen to it, and then join me in badgering Yahtzee for more.

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They said I need a heading to submit

My favorite Yahtzee Croshaw book so far - funny, relevant commentary, and just fun. Good stuff

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pure fun!

After a slow two or three short chapters, Yahtzee Croshaw's most recent book is delightful, laugh out loud funny and a good mystery. I'll admit I listened to it all in 2 days. Looking forward to the next one Yahtzee.

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So much fun

This is the first book I've read (well listened to) by Yahtzee, and it was an absolute delight. He's well known as a comedy writer in the gaming industry, and I'd previously known him from his video reviews and play-throughs.

The text is very funny in itself, but Yahtzee's reading also adds so much humor, I love the voices he does, it's very easy to picture the characters. The story's clever, a good satire of political correctness going a bit overboard, and a satisfying murder mystery with alien beings from other dimensions.

The story takes place in modern day England, where the Ministry of Occultism runs into a lot of trouble on account of the way they've been dealing with Shoggoths. This turns into a PR nightmare that the Ministry scrambles (and generally fails ) to fix. I really like the portrayal of government institutions making it up as they go along, jumping from one disaster to the next, all being handled by questionably competent, and definitely insane, people. It's exactly how I imagine it goes in real life. I was happy with the plot, with a light comedy book I had my expectations pretty low, but I think it was all cleverly done, I was pleasantly surprised.

The characters were fun, I particularly liked Elisabeth, the one running most of the things in the Ministry, and (I'm sorry it's only audiobook and I'm bad with names, the guy that handles PR,) that's always angry and but well meaning and trying to fix things. There's also the main character, Allison, that's clever but ends up in way over her head, and a senior ministry agent that may or may not be completely mad. Shoggoths are lovely too, and some of the side characters, especially the ones out in the country with really funny accents.

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Differently Genius

This is simply the funniest book I have ever listened to. With a suprisingly facinating story with a high degree of thought provoking social commentary. Higly recommended for any fan of everything from Harry Potter to H. P. Lovecraft.

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Absolutly worth a read!

This book was awesome. Serial killers, magic, extra dimensions, super powers and a government agency that wanted to hide everything in a modern day politically correct world. How can you go wrong?

The characters are a hoot and the story is fantastic and read by Yahtzee Croshaw who has a great voice for audio books!

Starting in a school for the magicly infused and following a not at all magical female, she has to roll with it because why would anyone tell you anything useful before sending you out to fight against the forces of evil? The world changes and you better too because that term is considered offensive and we live in the 21st century so move forward with your backwards thinking guys.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

Half Supernatural thriller, half Yes Minister

Quite possibly my favourite novel from Yahtzee yet, and very animately performed. Listeners familiar with his games will find some nice references in here but knowing them isn’t essential. I will say that if your curious about a certain event mentioned in the novel then you should play “The consuming shadow” to get some back ground on the world the book takes place in.

Without getting into too much detail the Ending was a bit mysterious, which normally would be fine except i’m aware of the author’s tendency to not make sequels, so if this is going to be another stand alone story there will be a few questions left un-answered but it by no means spoils an excellent story, well worth your time and money!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-16-18

Differently amusing

A unique take of the supernatural genre, this is witty, insightful and very funny as well. A clever satire of political correctness but done in a thoughtful way. Some of the scenes in this book are comic gold, I have to say. I also enjoyed the fact that it was not just funny but had alongside it a compeling plot with genuinely surprising plot twists, which is a bonus for these types of novels in the genre which sometimes relay too much on humour and not enough on a riveting plot.
The audio version has extra delights, with a brillant, amusing performance with added sound effects that I think add to the enjoyment of the experience.

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  • James Knight
  • 03-18-18

A carefully crafted conflux

It is astonishing to me how a book can be so well crafted, every tiny irreverent idea expands and forms itself over time. Nothing is wasted, even unanswered question that are clearly meant as sequel bait, still create intrigue and depth. There was a scene in an estate where I thought the book had met it's natural, climactic end point - only for another three hours to pass and something far greater and impactful leapt out of the woodwork.

This book is for people interested in speech, both as a concept, right and force. Those who strive for humour, not at the expense of character but to the betterment of it. It would appeal to dreamers and heavy thinkers who embrace a hypothetical reality within their minds and challenge it.

Read on if you dare you empty headed rattlebrain. Step forth into the intriguing abyss within the body, mind and soul that will be accompanied by the infinite pleasures of this book. These are the musings of...Diablory!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-18

dirk gently meets x-files

building on the interstellar bum pirates universe with little references to his other 3 books. I love yahtzee's writing style and has only gotten more polished with every book. can't wait for the next one.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-19-18

Very good

Good for everyone, but especially a slightly younger audience. Very funny, and a unique sense of humour

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  • Pod
  • 07-23-18

Slapstick paranormal detectives

Very engaging tale of a young girl getting a job at HM's government and doing a bit of 'field work'

It's not what I expected at all, given the author and subject matter. It's an interesting and novel urban-fantasy novel crossed with a lampooning of modern PC culture and government. I'd be interested to know what Yahtzee's "official" message is regarding that, as the book meanders through all possible interpretations.


Production wise, it's Well edited and the volume is consistent. Decent voice-acting with good character differentiation throughout, though a few dodgy accent. Not a complete fan of the foley-studio FX that occasionally get introduced.

Best Yahtzee book yet?

The ending is very interesting and definitely sets it up for a sequel. Let's hope it gets one -- the other books don't seem to, as of yet.

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  • Georgia
  • 08-14-18

An unexpectedly tense tale

Brilliant tale with a great twist! Great characters and humour throughout. Great read / listen.

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  • J44
  • 08-07-18

Loved it

Fantastic characters, and a beautiful funny commentary on current societal trends. I hope there are more books in this series.

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  • Michael
  • 03-19-18

Half political argument and half story

Yahtzee really should have worked out before he started to write this book if he was writing a novel or if he was writing a piece of political commentary.

The book is written with Yahtzee's characteristic humour. His prose is tight and snappy. The writing is around the same level of quality as in Will Save The Galaxy For Food - so a big improvement on his first two books.

The real problem with Differently Morphous comes from the characters. There are only three or four actual characters in the entire book - characters with their own motivations, wants, desires, flaws and so on. Most of the characters are poorly disguised straw men (or straw people, to be more accurate) who have been constructed to represent both sides of a political argument.

The book has a lot to say on current political talking points, such as identity politics, institutionalisation, how the internet loves a hate mob and so on. The problem is none of it is particuclarly coherent. Characters from both sides of the debate spout comically oversized talking points. One character (the only person of colour in the book) is a ridiculously overblown hippie who complains about everything and everyone behaving offensively. She is pitted against a selection of people who are thinly veiled allegories for ignorant hate-mongers.

As far as I can tell, the book never has anything to say itself. It is happy to line up these straw people and have them rant for pages at a time, but it very carefully comes down on neither side of the issue. The book sits on the fence, making fun of both sides, but never having the courage to get down off the fence and put itself in the firing line. It's a very Team America: World Police sort of satire - the sort that takes pride in its ability to make fun of everyone, but never has the bravery to state where it stands on any of the issues discussed.

This is what I mean when I say that Yahtzee should have decided if he was writing a novel or an allegory. If he was writing a novel, then he failed because most of the characters are two dimensional people who exist only to posit political nonsense. If he was writing a political alegory then he failed because the book never actually engages with the issues, it just sneers from the sidelines.

There are other issues. The plot is basically fine, although there is a twist near the end which is so unbelievably bad it squandered what little patience I had left with the book.

It's a real shame becasue Differently Morphous starts out really well. The protagonist is a fun subversion of the Hermione Granger archetype and there the various early plot moves Yahtzee makes causes the story to really stake out its own terratory. It feels fresh and new. Then things get spoiled somewhat by the political stuff.

Generally speaking, Differently Morphous is fun and witty and mostly well written. If you think you can get past the political stuff that annoyed me so much, I think you'll really, really enjoy it. If you get annoyed by Yahtzee's ranting about Social Justice Warriors, at the same time as he seems to support most of the same positions Social Justice Warriors take, I'd leave this one alone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

Spellboundingly wonderful performance.

A very different take on the magical world and the secret organisations in place to keep so. Another great book by yahtzee croshaw, with fantastic characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-18

Second best Croshaw book

This is ALMOST as good as Mogworld, in my opinion the best of his novels. Incredibly funny, interesting, and mysterious. I await the sequel.

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  • Paige Davis
  • 07-14-18

Listened to it twice in a week

Greatly enjoyed. I struggled with one of the previous books of Croshaw's due to not particularly liking the main character but I really like Allison and all the other characters. I loved the story and the world and as soon as I finished I tried to move on to listening to a different book but just ended up coming back and listening to Differently Morphous again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-18

Possibly my favourite book of croshaws now

Brilliant story, great narration and really solid production (better than his older books).

Really liked the characters and humour as usual for crowshaw and that ending, wow!

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  • Nick
  • 05-30-18

Love this book! Yahtzee has topped Mog World!

Love this book! Yahtzee has topped Mog World!A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+

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  • James
  • 05-15-18

Didn't know what I was in for but loved it.

I didn't look up or listen to any preview on this book and at first did not know what to expect. Yahtzee delivered this story impeccably and took me on an adventure that I loved. Looking forward to book two!

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  • Matthew
  • 05-11-18

Excellent

Brought here by his escapist stuff I absolutely loved the book and will be reading more shortly

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  • Lee Redwood. Gorin
  • 04-28-18

satire humor beware

i honestly think that the book might be the better option for this one kinda like how gaurds gaurds is funner read then the audio vs. a lot of the humor "think time" was definitely infused into the guy with 8th grader syndrome.
i can totally see what is being made fun of in the gen story going over people's heads.
go watch that lovecraft documentary.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-18

Goosebumps and Laughter

I was very impressed with this, listened to it twice within a month, can already feel a third round coming on

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-18

Great Storytelling

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. I was reminded of the humour of Douglas Adams so if you liked the Hitchhiker's Guide then you should definitely give this a go. The reading by the author was entertaining and acted superbly. I have listened to a few chapters again because they made me laugh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-18

Quirky and magically relatable

Loved it. Bit hard to get into at first but what started as a couple of 20 minute tentative listening sessions turned into a whole nights captivated audience with Alison, Elizabeth, Adam, Victor, and (of course) the most spectacular freak I've ever had the pleasure of meeting... Dr. Diablery!

Read it. Listen to it. However you must, get this book into your brain.