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Mogworld

Written by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all.

On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds: angry mobs of adventurers, a body falling apart at the seams and a team of programmers racing a deadline to hammer out the last few bugs in their AI.

Mogworld is a comic fantasy novel in the tradition of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, and is the debut novel from video-game icon Yahtzee Croshaw (Zero Punctuation).

©2010 Yahtzee Croshaw (P)2012 Yahtzee Croshaw

What the critics say

"The first legitimate breakout hit from the gaming community in recent memory" ( Boing Boing)
"Yahtzee consistently makes me laugh, and even though I dig computer and electronic games, he has cross-genre appeal to anyone who enjoys a sharp wit, unique sense of humor, and plenty of originality - not purely gaming fans" ( The Future Buzz)

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Surprisingly Awesome

This was my very first audiobook. I wasn't too sold on the idea and figured I'd give it a go, but not being big on books I didn't know what sci-fi was up my alley, then I remembered Yahtzee had some books and figured Mogworld would be as fair an attempt as any to give audiobooks a shot. Yahtzee does great voice work on his youtube stuff, so I spent the credit.

My god that was worth it.

The story starts seemingly out of nowhere but pretty soon I was finding it hard to pause the damn thing to go to sleep, finished it the next day. Yahtzee does top quality voice acting, every word is clear, though you can hear the constant switching of clips by the background silence subtly changing. but as far as an audiobook can go, you can't find a much better book for some good laughs, clever jokes, and characters you actually find yourself liking. 42 chapters long, each is 10-30 mins long, so you have plenty to enjoy.

also, just throwing it out there, but this has my favorite 4th wall joke delivery I've seen to date, actually had to pause the book after from the mix of laughter and "Holy **** that was clever" ranting.

overall, if you like ZP or his other books, check out Mogworld, Yahtzee is just as funny here as he's ever been there.

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Amazing Book!

This author has an incredibly unique writing style which stems from his online review series. This book is truly unique and sadly i cant say much more than that without giving things away. The book is a comedy novel and is steeped in fantasy gaming culture so if that's something you think might be up your alley i highly recommend you take a look at this one.

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Fun

As an Mmorpg junkie, this book hits a lot of notes with me. It is humorous and just plain fun to listen too.

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That was weird. Weirdly, I liked it a lot.

Came to this after another book of the auteur, "Will save the galaxy for food". Very different from everything I've listened to on Audible. Read by the auteur Yahtzee Croshaw, his voice for the caracters is hypnotic. Once, I started to speak with the accent of one of his caracter, and it reminded how funny the whole thing was. I'll get everything he wrote and read on Audible, that's for sure.

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DO NOT READ DIFFERENTLY MORPHOUS FIRST!

The climax of this book, or at least the turning point towards the end is revealed in different morphous if you pay attention. so sadly, I ruined it for myself but it was still a great story, and better than Jam.

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Yahtzee's classic humor throughout

Its like listening to a slightly slower version of his standard reviews over the course of 13 hours and a handful of minutes. Everything shines in this wonderful story

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Great read!

Story was engaging, good character development. Narration on point but background noise noticeable. Overall great!

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out of ordinary

it was really good, the humour, the story and the narration. really like it. to listen to

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Disappointing.

Lead character without goals or desires bogs down a slow and boring story. Narrator deadpan.

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  • Alyssa
  • 2012-10-18

Yahtzee learns to enunciate

I bought this for the same reason almost every one else purchased it for, I'm a fan of Zero Punctuation. On his blog, Yahtzee wrote that it was really hard to learn to speak slowly again and if you listen to the audio sample you can tell. The narration early on is stilted, as if he's trying to compensate. Likewise, the humor in the beginning is strained and trying too hard. He tends to reuse and abuse his metaphors, and over use words such as "insanely" and "suddenly". Sadly, these and other technical problems appear throughout the book.

However, if you love Yahtzee and are prepared to be both patient and forgiving, this book will reward you in the end. And by patient I mean you need to get through at least the first 3 hours. By that time, Yahtzee's voice has warmed up and the story picks up enough to let the jokes occur more naturally. The main character is endearing and the story amusing and involving. Yahtzee does a good necromancer voice too, though my favorite voice was Slippery John. The ending was appropriately poignant.

This book is better than other first novels by game designers (it made me think of Johannes Cabal: Necromancer). Yahtzee hasn't ascended to the pantheon with Pratchett and Douglas Adams but I will pick up his other book and hope for more author narrated audio books from him in the future.

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  • Emily
  • 2013-01-08

Better than I could have hoped for

As a fan of Zero Punctuation, I went into Mogworld thinking I knew what to expect: a parody full of whip-sharp language and colorful similes. What I didn't expect was the honestly brilliant metanarritive about how video games are made, played, and perceived, woven into an unusual but engaging adventure story. The plot was refreshingly original, the characters were distinct and memorable, and the world felt right, just familiar enough to me, as someone who's played a lot of sword and sorcery RPGs. It was definitely the right choice to have Yahtzee narrate the story, because he imbues it with so much personality. Overall, a joy to listen to. Five stars.

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  • BazaarPatron
  • 2013-06-01

Listened to this twice in a row - lotsa fun!

The premise is great - a former magic college student killed by a rival warrior university is raised 60 years later to be the undead minion of an evil Necromancer. Turns out the Necromancer is a great boss and the new walking corpse, Jim, comes to enjoy working in the Doom Fortress...until it's destroyed, with Jim and two other minions the only ones to escape.

Thus begins their quest.

The cast of characters, to me, were un-freaking-believably entertaining. I even loved the villains.

Also, the narrator was really something. At first, I was a little disconcerted since he so unconventional compared to others on audible. But after a few chapters, I found he was perfectly suited to bring to life the various characters. Then I discovered the narrator is also the author, so of course he had things well in hand - just took some getting used to.

Highly recommended

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  • Brian Osserman
  • 2016-07-24

LMAO!!!

If you like Monty Python that you will love this audio book. I've listened to this book many times and it still cracks me up. The author/narrator does a fantastic job of creating unique voices for each character. Makes it feel more like a radio play than an audio book.

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  • Patricia
  • 2013-07-17

Funny and Enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to Mogworld the most enjoyable?

Totally different, something you wouldn't expect.

What other book might you compare Mogworld to and why?

No other book that I have read is like Mogworld.

Have you listened to any of Yahtzee Croshaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh mostly. Got a little tedious near the end.

Any additional comments?

Gives you a little laugh, a chuckle here and there. Something that is totally different and unusal. Love the "gang" and their witty comments.

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  • Tina Hourn
  • 2018-09-11

Loved the story, but the audio quality is was lacking

Loved the story. It was fun and an original take on a story you have heard before.

The audio quality was lacking. Volume went up and down. You could here the pages be turned in the background. The narrators tone was periodically off, like he had just started the recording after a long day at the office and he just wanted to sit down and have a beer.

It’s a shame. The story was enjoyable and the narrator in most places did a good job, there were just enough issues that it took I out of the story.

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  • Alison
  • 2013-11-15

What fun!!!

I'm a big Z Punc fan. When I heard Yahtzee had done a narration of his book I had to have it. I finished it in a couple of days. If you enjoy Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, or enjoyed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, chances are you will enjoy Mogworld. If you are also a fan of Crowshaw's reviews you'll appreciate the additional level of humor.

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  • Varba
  • 2013-06-05

Absolutely

Hands down, this is the funniest book I have ever had the pleasure to read or listen to.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre. Not only did I enjoy it, this is the only book to my memory which made me actually laugh. And when I say laugh, I don't just mean a dry chuckle or smirk - I am referring to a big full belly laugh.

With this book Mr Croshaw has made myself a fan of his work.

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  • Joseph
  • 2013-01-22

Great story read by the author.

Would you consider the audio edition of Mogworld to be better than the print version?

Yes, because author's sense of humor shows even better when you hear it in his voice inflections.

Have you listened to any of Yahtzee Croshaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. It was of the same caliber to his better works.

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

If you have the time.

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  • Susanne
  • 2018-12-08

Not for all

This is a book that resonates with me cause I play a lot of video games. And it made me chuckle and laugh at a few places. It can be a little confusing but i really enjoyed it.

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  • Emmanuelle Sol
  • 2018-01-20

first audibook

as a first expérience this is good, funny and with à very tight and satisfying story for anyone liking mmorpgs