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Will Save the Galaxy for Food Audiobook

Will Save the Galaxy for Food

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Publisher's Summary

A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival!

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

From the creator of Mogworld and Jam! Benjamin Richard "Yahtzee" Croshaw is a British Australian comedic writer, video game journalist, author, and video game developer. He is perhaps best known for his acerbic video game review series, Zero Punctuation, for The Escapist.

©2017 Yahtzee Croshaw (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    K. F. 03-09-17
    K. F. 03-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    A solid science fiction novel from Yahtzee Croshaw. WSTGFF is a tongue-in-cheek comedy with enough seriousness to give it compelling tension as well.

    The novel is written from the perspective of a down-on-his-luck star pilot who gets unwillingly drawn into big events. Although the protagonist initially comes across as a clumsy oaf who only cares about himself, it turns out he is mostly very competent and genuinely cares about helping others. This is a refreshing change of pace compared to the bumbling idiot archetype that is used far too often in modern comedy. This is more the story about a former hero, nearly dried up after the end of the good old days, who gets unexpectedly thrown into a new adventure.

    While much of Croshaw's humor is low-brow, it is usually clever and well-executed, and many parts of the book had me laughing out loud. He mixes situational humor, irony, amusing character flaws, humorous non-sequiters, and other forms of humor to keep the laughs fresh and varied.

    My only complaint would be the rather weak ending, which throws in a last few unanswered questions before going out on a whimper. There are solid narrative reasons for this, and it serves to make a point, but it still disappointed me; I suspect Croshaw would call me an idiotic sheep who only knows how to appreciate a story when he is spoon-fed a conventional ending, but I just wish he'd ended the story on some trope-defying comedic note.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MIchael S Wherry ELMWOOD PARK, IL, US 04-01-17
    MIchael S Wherry ELMWOOD PARK, IL, US 04-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An achievement to say the very least!"

    Will Save the Galaxy for Food has filled a void I felt could only be filled by great science fiction works such as those of Douglas Adams. The humor is on point and is tied in with the writing seamlessly. The characters and plot have immense depth and immersion. And Yahtzee's voice is just perfect. I can certainly recommend this book to an audience which has the gift of hearing and 1 or more fingers or finger-like appendages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford 02-20-17
    Clifford 02-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Yahtzee has done it again, still unsure what "it" was but I liked it."

    Yahtzee has done a few books and I have liked his previous work. I felt no fear in burning a credit to get this latest work.

    There are many tropes and plot device ruts along the roads of sci-fi and fantasy. Yahtzee has blown the shocks out of the listeners ride but you learn to enjoy the spine compressions and bitten tongues as you jounce and shudder along the narrative.

    I sense the author/narrator does not consider this a serious genre defining book allowing him to reveal how others in the field may take themselves too seriously.

    I will continue to keep my eyes open for Yahtzee to pull up alongside me on a narrative backroad promising a wild ride sure to require a seatbelt and I will definitely ride shotgun again.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    thomas dye 03-31-17
    thomas dye 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "fun and funny"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It is funny, and although I was highly skeptical of any book performed by its author – he did well. The book is in a lot of ways a comedy of errors, and is not difficult for the reader to see a wide number of these problems coming, but they are of course invisible to the protagonist until they slam him hard.
    He takes it on the chin, and keep going despite it all… And of course triumphs in the end.
    But then you knew that.
    I think this is a nice introduction to this author's work and I'll certainly look for more from him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 03-31-17
    Joshua 03-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read wonderful narration!"

    Love this book! Full of wit and sarcasm that the author/narrator pulls off perfectly. If you enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy then this is right up your alley.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Team Lewis Nashville TN USA 03-24-17
    Team Lewis Nashville TN USA 03-24-17 Member Since 2011
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    "a great throwback to the old sci fi"

    this pic took me by surprise, well performed. it was a great throwback to the old movie serials of the 1950's. in the tradition of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers only with a crap ton of sarcasm mixed in. at must-read for sci-fi lovers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grav Athens, GA 03-08-17
    Grav Athens, GA 03-08-17 Listener Since 2007
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    "yahtzee!!"

    I've enjoyed his online work in the past and find his humor translated over to this story well. Glad to hear him reading it himself as well. wouldn't have it any other way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Bedsole 03-07-17
    R. Bedsole 03-07-17 Member Since 2004
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    "will save the Galaxy for food"

    I guess so cute story finding places but okay it's a pretty good science fiction book. at the beginning it was a little slow and I didn't know if I would be able to finish it. but if you hang in there long enough to get really pretty good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 03-01-17
    Greg 03-01-17 Member Since 2010
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    "very Douglas Adams-esque"

    I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out. I've watched Yahtzee's have reviewed for years, and the writing style from that blended well with a good sci-fi naritive. well worth a read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-01-17
    Robert 03-01-17
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    "A plying masterpiece!!!"

    As an avid fan of all things science fiction, this book was a joy to listen to, its packed with cheeky little references, and brilliantly accomplishes the task of inventing a whole new set of profanity, and makes it sound natural!! I even cought myself using a few at work!! Yahtzee is a truly excellent writer, looking forward with great anticipation to his next novel

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • M.Brad
    4/11/17
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    "Stumbled across this 'plying' beauty"

    Having never heard of 'Yahtzee' Croshaw prior to finding this book on Audible, I was, as I always am to unknowns, a little dubious about using my credit on it. I am very glad I did.

    The satire and comedy in this book actually made me laugh out loud on occasion and I thought the plot was well thought out. Bringing together futuristic Sci-Fi elements as well as current technology, is no mean feat.
    One thing that was especially pleasing to me was the use of mathematical terms for swearwords. I thought this very clever as you are provided with a reference for them at the start (without actually saying the words) and it kept my mind ticking to recall which actual swear word the character was using. I found I was wanting to use the 'plying' words myself!

    It is most certainly an adventure book with many action and fast paced scenes paired with dry wit to balance it out. One of those stories, in fact, that I could imagine being turned into a film.The writing is such that you have no problem imagining the events of the book. It is not overly complicated and flows well.

    The characters were also well developed and have a clear purpose. I particularly liked our main hero who, at first came across as a bit of a flake, turns out to actually save the day a few times. A sort of anti-hero turns back into hero vibe.

    Admittedly, it took me a little while to get into Croshaw's narration. I found it a little slow to begin with but speeding it up via the Audible app quickly negated that and I began to enjoy his intonations and characterisations and really got into the book.

    My reasoning for 4 stars overall was because I found the end of the book to be over a little too quickly. There appears to be a build up in the book of a certain 'bad guy'. I was expecting a good old showdown but it didn't quite materialise and ultimately felt a little rushed.
    I found myself wanting more at the end however, a sequel perhaps.

    I shall definitely peruse other Yahtzee Croshaw titles.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • C
    2/21/17
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    "Gripped a non sci-fi fan!"
    What did you like most about Will Save the Galaxy for Food?

    I've long been a fan of Yahtzee's work, but I'd not explored his novels, yet, so I decided to start with his most recent story, and I was pleasantly surprised.

    I'm not often a fan of sci-fi; usually it's too tech-heavy and loaded with lingo and confusing descriptive writing, then I lose clarity about every plying event that takes place, but this novel doesn't do that. If it ever needs to explain something, it will, with easily-digestible anecdotes and factoids that are humorous and really get the point across, and Croshaw's narration is graceful and emphatic, and is more importantly very easy to follow. You can easily identify the characters involved, and all the dialogue is easily distinguishable from the rest of the narrative. This was much easier to listen to than a lot of audiobooks and tapes I possess.

    The first person perspective really works well with the variety that the story provides, and makes for an emotional rollercoaster as you grow attached to the protagonist and those around him, cringing as plans go awry, or more appropriately, as the same protagonist connives new plans to encourage things going awry. It's a story that keeps moving and pressing on to new environments, never languishing whilst keeping everything it ever brought to the table in previous chapters relevant, and there's a large emphasis on the human element, with characters frequently expressing their doubts, frustration and wit, and it may all bring a big old grin to your face.

    I recommend this thoroughly, even if sci-fi isn't quite your cup of tea. I mean, it isn't normally mine, but every now and again something charming has to breeze into you and cause you to take notice.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Coulson
    Hampshire, UK
    3/25/17
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    "Yahtzee strikes again!"
    Where does Will Save the Galaxy for Food rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Will Save the Galaxy for Food is definitely among the best. A cleverly written story with believable characters and, as typical for Yahtzee, a flawed hero that keeps you interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    With such an entertaining cast, it's a tricky decision. My own personal favourites would have to be the lead hero - a man caught up in something much bigger than he'd ever wanted, and his tack-sharp foil Miss Warden, whose sarcastic wit provides a barbed quip every time she opens her mouth.


    What about Yahtzee Croshaw’s performance did you like?

    Yahtzee, as the author of his stories, knows his characters better than anyone. With other successive audiobooks under his belt (Mogworld and Jam, which are also brilliant reads) he's had an opportunity to develop his voice acting skills and find his talents. Every character has their own voice and pattern of speech, and they're all crafted to suit their personalities.

    Miss Warden speaks with an edge unlike any other, and young Jemimah has the air of someone utterly dragged along for the ride. Yahtzee brings a passion only a craftsman can.


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

    Absolutely. The plot has enough twists to keep you entertained and the interaction between the cast make it an engaging listen. Whilst you'll likely have to split it into its respective Parts, it'll keep you interested in each step.


    Any additional comments?

    Yahtzee brings a fresh perspective to storytelling, and each of his books is a testament to the personality he brings. Will Save the Galaxy for Food is just the newest edition in a library from this author, and each book is worth your time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bruno
    4/8/17
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    "Like Red Dwarf crossed with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

    A wonderful blend of humour and adventure that twists and turns in an extremely satisfactory way.
    The story develops well and every character's personality is well written and expressed with ease.
    If you're a fan of The Guide or Red Dwarf, this will stand out to you especially, if you're not, you'll probably still love this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • justin gandy
    3/27/17
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    "not bad , very yahtzee"

    not a bad book with some genuinely funny moments , it follows a path like all his others the anti hero forced into a heroic situation, however for the first time it actually focusses on someone who was fearless and brave once, a nice change of pace, it is a little shame that as yet there are no likeable women in his books, either playing the idiot or the soulless robot, but nevertheless I would listen to this again. The story draws you in and is paced well , I love some of his descriptions, some of which made me chuckle. If you ever read this short review, (unlikely). Thank you Mr Croshaw, I look forward to your next novel.

    TLDR if you like Yahtzee's dead pan and a nice sci-fi anti hero romp, this is a really good choice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alice Turner
    3/8/17
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    "really enjoyed"

    after listening to this number jam I'm excited for any new books by yatze you can really tell he's getting more confident in this writing and preforming the only way is up when your on a mountain is very impressive

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sean oddy
    4/10/17
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    "Another great story from Ben Yahtzee Croshaw"

    loved his last 2 novels and this one I felt was even better , if you have listened to Jam or Mogworld and enjoyed the sense of humour , great descriptive writing and brilliant performance from Yahtzee himself you are sure to enjoy this book also.

    Thanks for writing such a great story ( keep up the good work with Zero Punctuation as well ! )

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    2/16/17
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    "very good probably his best work"

    I really enjoyed this the dynamic between the two leads is fantastically wrttien craving more

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    3/22/17
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    "Loved it"

    Had to turn the speed up to x1.10 but overall amazin! Gonna listen again for sure.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Samuel Lock
    2/21/17
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    "Brilliant, a struggle to not keep listening to"

    A wonderful listening experience that had me waiting for the next opportunity to listen. I have come to expect the absurd and hilarious as a long time Yahtzee fan of both Zero Punctuationx Let's Drown Out and his previous novels in audio form but he is equally adept at the poignant, dramatic and occasionally rather dark.

    Action was enthralling and exciting, characters life-like and relatable, story compelling, possible to follow and believable without being predictable and I found myself wanting to know what happens at the end. Recommended to all.

    I suspect Pratchett fans like me will also spy an influence of the great man on Yahtzee who clearly has the ability to observe what makes his influences good writers and use it to improve his own writing without simply copying or attempting to clone it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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