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Differently Morphous

Written by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 funny, well natured jab at PC culture.

To put my review in perspective a bit, I identify as a pretty politically correct person.

To summarize this book in a sentence: a Terry Pratchett-esque jaunt with a lovable cast of misfits who work for a secret magical society that fight eldritch Lovecrafitan horrors and PR-obsessed bureaucracy.

There's a lot to love here, but my favorite part is the handling of our modern outrage and PC culture. Like all great satire, both sides of the debate get a good ribbing. The tone isn't dismissive of either side, but pokes fun at both, and I think that lets us have a healthier debate about the entire thing.

I was worried that with the passing of Sir Terry, we'd be short on hilarious, poignant fantastical novels, but I see now we didn't need to worry. We've got Yahtzee Crowshaw.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A fantastical story leaving me wanting more

Yahtzee painted a picture of a world, characters and left me wanting more of it.

The story really makes you think you are getting some type of Harry Potter spoof. However the over the top characters and build up to the mystery of who done it really made it into it's own. There was Lore and history of this modern England infused with magic and strange fluidic monsters that worked perfectly.

Yahtzee does fantastic voices to make each character seem alive. I really hope there is more to come from this seires. I'd love to see this made into a miniseries. It would be awesome. Overall I highly recommend it.

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Yahtzee just got even better!

Its funny, Its interesting and if you enjoy anything lovecraftian in style this book will have you engaged and rolling on the floor laughing. the characters and well developed i cannot recomend it enough! be sure to check out his youtube channel to. always quality content thanks yahtzee

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Stellar

like all his books, it's just hours of gold... engaging characters, great story, and phenomenal world building

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Stellar vocal performance, good flow

Great narration, clever world building, good balance of comedy and story. The story has a great flow to it and never feels too comedic to be seriously engaging, nor too dry to spark interest. Given how much fun this one was, I'd be very interested in a sequel, even though I suspect Yahtzee won't rush it out anytime soon.

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Definitely Not Harry Potter

If you're thinking this will be similar to a certain wizard story about a boy with a scar and glasses, you would be incorrect. I don't want to ruin anything, but other than a vague, surface level similarity, the two books are vastly different beasts.

Hilariously written, and expertly performed, this is a great book, well worth a buy, and very worth a credit.

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NOOOOO

I loved this book hand down favorite by him characters great good Dan cliff hanger cant wait for the sequel

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a good start

this was an enjoyable listen for sure. I look forward to the next entry to see where things go for D's player.

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great book

This book was funny and smart - I enjoyed every minute. It was recommended to me based on other books I enjoyed. This book was similar in tone to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. LOVED IT

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Amazing

I love these books by audible! It was so funny. They make it just what you’d like to hear. It’s perfect for audio books. Thank you for dr. Diablery’s character. The whole book was fun and funny and the right a pint of mystery! Please keep making more of these only from audible books!

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 2018-11-07

Meddling Muggles Muddle it Up

The Ministry of Occultism has quietly for centuries suppressed magical powers that manifested themselves in children, creating schools for magical kids designed to repress those skills. In Yahtzee Croshaw's world, the Muggles are in control of the magic. Allison is expelled from that school when it turns out her power -- eidetic memory -- is not a magical power. The Ministry hires her at the same time that magical creatures from another dimension, blobs called Fluidics, enter England and are accepted as citizens.

Jokes start piling up about strange-looking refugees, dual personality creatures, and the politically correct way to refer to them. The initial droll response to these jokes morphs into groans as they are repeated too often. Doubly frustrating because the mockery of PC zealots on one hand is treated equally with racists who want to kill the "differently morphous" and "dual personality" creatures, which are easy to project onto real life groups like Syrian refugees and transgender people.

But at the heart of it all is a murder mystery -- who is killing the Fluidics, how and why? The answers are actually clever. Put it all together and you have a decently constructed world that includes magic and monsters, the emergence of a decently plotted murder mystery, some decently developed characters (especially the loony tune Dr. Diabolory), and uneven but still satisfying humor of the Douglas Adams type.

The author's own narration is pretty good, he certainly brings his characters to life with his voices, and maintains his smarmy tone throughout. His voice is not, well, mellifluous, to say the least, so it does sometimes grate. But minor quibble, he still gets the job done. Decently.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2018-09-24

Not for everybody

My reaction to most of this book was "It ain't makin' me laugh, but I get it." There were a few chuckle worthy moments. Maybe this novel works better if you're already a fan of his other work. The 'OMG isn't this over the top PC stuff just soooo zany!?' got old fast. It also would have been better if it were shorter. There were too many times where I was bored and seeing just how much of this book was left. The narration would have been a 5 except for the voice effects which made the shogs and the possessed characters too difficult to understand.

For the stellar ratings, I felt really let down.

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  • Patrick Riley
  • 2018-04-08

Witty and amusing but too on-the-nose

There are genuine laugh out loud moments of wit and humor, usually punctuating the end of a chapter like the punchline of a joke six minutes in the making. Unfortunately, the satire of PC culture is too broad and too, to steal the word from another reviewer, cringeworthy to be funny. Not that I don't think the subject matter is worthy of satire, but it was applied with the subtlety of a trowel, providing no insight.

The world building had promise, but never achieves much. Secondary characters are drawn as stereotypes and the main characters lack depth. The denouement opens the door for a sequel, but not enough was done in this story to earn another installment.

The performance ranged from quite good to strained, depending on who was speaking.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience, and give it a mild recommendation.

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  • Sarah
  • BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States
  • 2018-03-11

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.

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  • BOBBI DUNCAN
  • 2018-09-18

Was I listening to the same book???

Having read the reviews I can only surmise that I was listening to a completely different book than the reviewers who raved about it. I found nothing funny or compelling about it at all. And the over-the-top, beat-you-over-the-head political correctness of the story line just grated on my nerves. I kept listening (although I finally gave up at chapter 13) telling myself that it just HAD to get better. It did not. I'm disappointed and wish I could go back in time and not select this book.

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  • NexAngelus405
  • 2018-03-22

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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  • jh
  • 2018-08-26

Just ok

The performance was good but I just couldn’t get into the story. I would skip it if I could go back.

37 of 44 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 2018-09-30

Loved It!

From start to finish it makes fun of the PC culture. I found it hilarious as it holds a mirror up to our own society. However, if you espouse the PC culture you likely will be offended by this book so I’d recommend avoiding it.

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  • ash
  • LEITCHFIELD, KY
  • 2018-07-26

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.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack Packard
  • 2018-03-29

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.

38 of 46 people found this review helpful