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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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  • Zak
  • 9th Circle, Hell
  • 11-25-13

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

39 of 48 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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interesting concept, poor execution

I like Yahtzee, the author and maker of the Zero Punctuation YouTube videos, but his skill or lack thereof really shows in this book. I disliked the characters, the only facet they had was being annoying. They lacked any kind of depth and whether they survived or not really made no difference to me. The story was pretty flat, despite my enjoyment of painfully true portrayals of hipsters. Essentially apocalypse with jam, which seems interesting on it's face makes for an unsatisfying plot. lastly Yahtzee should stick with his videos, his voice acting leaves much to be desired. namely pace, inflection and better accents.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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ok story, painful narration

The story was fun, but the narration was painful for me. I ended up listening to it at 1.25 speed in order to be able to keep going. Glad I did.

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Kind of a snooze

I got about halfway though The Jam before I had to take a short flight. About an hour in, I haphazardly heard that some character or another had just died but that the giant spider in the tupperware was doing just fine. I did not bond with or find agency with any of the characters at this point, so I just sorta snoozed on and set the book away for a few days. I was dozing off. The audiobook has a drone to it that really lends itself well to putting you to sleep.

On my trip back, I wanted to try to catch an hours sleep, so I picked up where I left off. An hour later, another character had died off and I didn't care any more than for the last. Literally a sleep aid, pun intended.

There were a few interesting concepts in the book, but the monotonous reading and the snooze of a story has unfortunately put the end of the story in the 'maybe probably not later' section of my library.

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Trite

Action hindered by Yahtzee's awkward reading. Uninterested in what makes sci-fi compelling. Misogynistic. Funny though.

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Jammed up in the gears

Good book love his zero punctuation reviews he’s good for 5 minute reviews but the annoying bored drawn out voices but I could see a simon peg nick frost comedy

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struggle to finish

my friends seemed to love this one. I had trouble getting past Yahtzee's reading style. The story is an adventure of sorts. If it were only read by another reader, would make a big difference.

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A great listen

Benjamin Croshaw delivers a worthy second novel to stand alongside mogworld. It always impresses me when an author performs his own work and his delivery is spot on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre
  • 08-09-17

I hated almost every character...

What made the experience of listening to Jam the most enjoyable?

Yahtzee's voice, I don't know what it is, it just ooze's sarcasm, the type of sarcasm I like.

Would you be willing to try another book from Yahtzee Croshaw? Why or why not?

Definitely, already looking to give Mogworld a listen.

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

Probably "Y" as he was an absolute badass and I actually rooted for him to kill all of the main characters.

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

Yes, but I didn't have a spare 16 straight hours.

Any additional comments?

Weird one this book because I liked the overall story, the idea of how society can decay so quick after an event such as this one, but I found that I hated almost all of the main characters.

Travis - Just a weedy little coward, you're meant to root for this guy but I found him VERY annoying.
Tim - Sounded like he had a stroke, whenever Yahtzee did it voice I found myself grinding my teeth.
Don - Just an absolute a-hole. I was hoping he was dead by the end of the book but then the biggest disappointment ever, he wasn't.
Angela - Annoying throughout the whole thing.

No one I wanted to root for apart from Y and that was because he's your typical American muscle head, X was funny at times with her bad lying but that gets tiresome after awhile.

All in all it was a good listen but not one I'd ever listen to again.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • S. L.
  • 01-20-15

Loved it!

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

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan Chandler
  • 09-12-14

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

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  • Daniel Ross
  • 10-14-18

Good concept, okay execution

Enjoyable, but probably my 4th of 4 favourite. Good if you liked the others. Decent overall

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  • Robert Dexter
  • 09-25-18

The sarcastic adventure though the apocalypse.

An interesting concept that makes you wonder why did it have to be strawberry jam.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-18

Interesting ideas, but where were the editors????

Way too many similes, the book needed editing.
Way too many mispronouniations: it's "mEE ger" NOT "mee Ay gee";
& too many recording glitches ....the recording badly needed editing.
You either like Croshaw's voice or you don't.
A shame, as with polishing, the basic ideas could have produced an excellent work.

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  • wightknight121
  • 09-22-18

Great story let down by some strange vocal choices

Overall the story is great, not a keep you guessing thriller but with enough twists and turns to keep you interested and immersed in this interesting world ruled by man eating jam. My only real issue comes in the narrator's strange choice of voice for particularly the main character's best friend, he slowness in his way of speaking makes sense early on where he's just a lazy layabout type and later on after he has a bash on the head, but when he's giving an impassioned speech about progress he shouldn't have to take a needlessly long pause between words. Every character besides the main seems to have one tone of speaking that is kept to for the entire book, which is rather distracting overall. I would recommend just getting the book honestly.

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  • ScottishJay
  • 08-27-18

A bit of a drag

I really wanted to enjoy this but i found it to drag on a bit. I gave up eventually as I was getting bored, but my wife enjoyed it. Some really funny parts and I love that Yahtzee narrated this himself. His performance was excellent as always

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  • Archive of Avalon
  • 07-11-18

Funny until it's sad.

I can only hope that Travis gets his happy ending! And yet another great audiobook by Yahtzee. A must read, and in the same universe as Mogworld while not being apart of the MMORPG.

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  • Mihai Romano
  • 07-07-18

I loved it

It is an apocalyptic story like you didn't expect. Teared right at the very end.

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  • Maeghan
  • 05-21-15

Funny, Clever and Engaging

As a regular viewer of Yatzhee Crowshaw's video series: Zero Punctuation! I found myself excited to hear his obvious comedic prowess and engaging voice put into a novel form. And I have to say, it did not disappoint.

The story manages to walk that fine line that many stories fail to do, where it is a comedic parody, but still has engaging and interesting characters. I found myself getting genuinely attached to what happened to these characters, while still finding every other word out of their mouths hilarious, and finding the social commentaries that many of the characters, such as the "Plastic People", boiled down to quite clever and genuinely smart parody. I found myself laughing out load a few times while on the train (getting me a few weird looks), which is something few books get me to do.

As an Australian, I also liked reading a story set in Australia that isn't set on a farm, and every reference to Australia made me smile, since it made it easier for me to identify with the story than I usually would with a story set in, say, New York.

Yatzhee's soothing accent and tone voice was constantly engaging, and every character had a great identifiable voice, both through the way they spoke and the words they use, and the inflections Yatzhee uses.

The lead of Travis is genuinely one of the most engaging leads I've read in a while, even while being the stereotypical 'normal' or 'useless' protagonist.

If I had any issues it would be the occasional pacing issue. It's usually very well paced, but there were a couple of scenes which I guess could be considered 'action scenes' that end very quickly, and while I understand not wanting to dwell on these sort of scenes, there were some brief moments where I found myself going 'Oh, we're moving on already?'

But overall, this was an interesting, funny, and enjoyable novel, and Yatzhee somehow manages to make very visual aspects such as slapstick hilarious in only words and no sound affects, and that is truly a skill.

And anyway, any novel that makes me care about the fate of a giant tarantula is something to truly sit up and take a look at.

Definite recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-18

a seriously absorbing listen

i loved it its the first of yahtzee's titles ive heard and its got me hungry to listen to more.

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  • Peter
  • 07-08-18

Wasn’t fond of Tim’s voice but I’m guessing it’s based on someone he knows :)

Yahtzee has a special way of reading but it grows on you :) very good day ale on the apocalypse setting with some excellent laugh out loud scenes. I really enjoyed it and will be trying his other works with my next credit.

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  • PhilA88
  • 09-21-17

an enjoyable book if you like dry humour

I got the book because I like the author, and I was curious to see what a book by him would be like.

I was not disappointed it was a fun little book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-17

Why haven't you read it yet!?

If you haven't gotten a chance to read any of Yahtzees work, the start here!

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  • Lee Redwood. Gorin
  • 04-28-17

story gets stuck in a jam.

found this one To be a slog, the main guy was a bit too stupid, or...dull? feel like this one mayof been eninfluenced by dry awkward British humour, which was all the rage when this would of come out.

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  • Andrew Vaughan
  • 03-10-17

Loved it

Great listen with a unique dry style. Enjoyed the whole journey from start to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-17

It's very good. 8/10 would recommend.

"The apocalypse nobody expected" and the masterpiece we did! This book is really really really really really really really really really really really really good. word count.