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Jam

Written by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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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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One of a kind... unless you count his other books

Jam is such a unique premise that until the author wrote other books there was really nothing else quite like it. The book is full of tense moments of dread, lots of comedy and oh yeah, an apocalypse full of strawberry jam. As silly as it sounds i assure you that it is well worth the read. It is smart and funny and anyone looking for a good book wont go wrong with this one.

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best book ever!

loved the story telling! left on a good cliffhanger. would love to see another book continuation

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  • Zoe
  • 2018-10-11

Not terrible, but disappointing.

After reading the synopsis I had high hopes for this book, but I’ve given up about 4 hours in.
The story starts out suitably silly, but starts to drag on without much interest.

The main cast are all really, frustratingly simple. None of them seem to be able to function on their own or as a group for even the most basic of tasks. Unfortunately, none of them are likable enough to make up for their ineptitude.

What really turned me off this book is the main character. He is very flat. Even 4 hours in I couldn’t tell you one defining feature for him.

Maybe the characters and the story become more interesting as the book goes on, but I’m not interested enough to stick around and find out.

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Not a great second outing

This is Yahtzee's second book and while his first was certainly an area of expertise with comedy and gaming being the main focuses this book looks to his dramatic side in an apocalyptic scenario and it's not that great. the overall story is average at best with a main character who isn't really interesting or with any unique personality to them. The humor is here and there but none of it really causes a laugh. maybe a chuckle or two but I feel that his first title was by far the better book compared to the two. Of his four now out I firmly believe that his book stands as his weakest of the four.

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  • Zak
  • 2013-11-25

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.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Alyssa
  • 2014-04-23

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-05-13

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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  • D.A.
  • 2016-05-05

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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  • Caitlin Y.
  • 2014-08-20

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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  • Ann
  • 2019-01-25

Oh my Word.

This story and performance is JUSt RIGHT. I listen to is a few times a month I rotate my stories depending on the chore being done. This Croshaw is a HOOT, HOLLA AND A GOOD TIME. Heck of an imagination. I hold him up with Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. some of my favorites.
Truly Ann

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  • Kelli
  • 2018-10-20

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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  • imakesushi
  • 2018-09-21

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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  • stark raving madd
  • 2018-01-13

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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  • Jonathan
  • 2017-12-22

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful