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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.

6 of 6 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.

27 of 32 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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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  • Beau
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 03-07-14

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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

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I want people to understand who really truly good this is.

This book is really truly good. Wonderful, even. Yahtzee demonstrates here, as he does with each of his novels, that he is rightful heir to the irreverent throne of Douglas Adams, while also creating a flavor pallet distinctly his own. He is an unrecognized treasure in modern literature, and “Jam” is his pièce de résistance thus far. And, no, I’m not being ironic.

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Enjoyed it.

I have to say, it was a decent book. It took some time to get off the ground (around audible ch.6) but I was pretty happy with the story itself. I do prefer Yahtzee's later work though.

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an odd twist on an apocalypse story that's

Yahtzee does a lovely performance of his own book though the odd, almost character study quality, of this somewhat absurd Jampocalypse story is a hard start. however the story does get rolling and continues at a somewhat languid pace to the finish.

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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.

3 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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  • Lizzie
  • 12-08-15

Daft but fine.

Yahtze has a pleasant reading style in this narration and characters are recognisable without being hammy.

I liked the story (preferred Mogworld) even though it was a bit dumb. It's an easy listen with plenty of smirk moments and an uncomplicated but original plot.

The characters are stereotypes: the soldier, the stoner, the "girl", the nerd, the hipster etc, but it is still a little jarring when they die horrifically.

Destruction of civilisation and widespread death in this book is handled in a very surrealistic way which only the protagonist and yourself notice. I is not a book to read if you are looking for a realistic depiction of an apocalypse. This is a cartoon in the form of a novel.

If you approach this with the right relaxed open mindset it can be an enjoyable story.

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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!

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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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  • WarwickStudent
  • 07-04-18

Great premise and good execution but some problems

The initial idea vis-a-vis the jam was really quite funny and original. )And the characters were quite realistic.) However the book does drag on a bit and although I'm not sure where it could be cut I feel like it could have been 2 or 3 hours shorter.

Mild Spoilers: The mall section seemed overlong and the joke of it wore off quite quickly. That felt more like a parody than a story.

The characters also started behaving oddly down the line. As in Mogworld and WSGFF there was a strong woman character who kept pushing the same traits long past their normal human viability and a similarly fanatical/oblivious man which does get a bit grating.

Some of the other characters occasionally behave more like plot vehicles than people as well.

The ending is very good and I'd say the start and end of this book are very entertaining but the latter-middle drags a bit.

The author's dictation was pretty good but you need a healthy break between his books because the voices get recycled a bit.

Oh, and the similies are great!! Definitely plus one star for that because they made me chuckle consistently throughout the story. I don't know how the author came up with so many that were funny and descriptive.

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  • Kiel D.
  • 06-29-18

A great, crazy, funny, scary adventure story!

The Jam is coming.. You can't run, you can't hide, the strawberryness will get you...

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  • antony b.
  • 06-11-18

The apocalypse noone saw

Funny end of the world scenario with brilliant characters. Sort of sad in the end but was to be expected.

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  • Matt
  • 05-31-18

Yatzhee is an amazing author!

Really loved Jam. I listened to Will Save The Galaxy for food first and loved that and thought id give Jam a go. Great concept and playfully and skillfully written. It examines, and subverts apocalypse tropes to the beat of great punch lines and blossoming characters.
I could listen to Yahtzee's voice all day!

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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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  • 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.