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Publisher's Summary

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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By Alyssa on 04-23-14

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.

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By Zak on 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.

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By Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre on 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.<br/><br/>Travis - Just a weedy little coward, you're meant to root for this guy but I found him VERY annoying.<br/>Tim - Sounded like he had a stroke, whenever Yahtzee did it voice I found myself grinding my teeth.<br/>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.<br/>Angela - Annoying throughout the whole thing.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>All in all it was a good listen but not one I'd ever listen to again.

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By Ryan Chandler on 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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By Maeghan on 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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By PhilA88 on 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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