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Will Save the Galaxy for Food

Written by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Series: Jacques McKeown, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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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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So good!!

This book is an absolute treat, the kind of book that makes you look forward to doing the dishes since you'll be able to listen to it.

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  • 101
  • 2019-04-05

Not My Cup of Space Tea

You can tell Yahtzee is a good writer, but beyond the first few chapters I wasn't enjoying myself.

This book would be the perfect thing to have an 8'th grade class read; it's on that level. As a more mature reader though, it kind of fell flat.

Give it a go if you're looking for a light-hearted sci-fi romp.

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A Tongue In Cheek Romp Through the Universe

Even technological obsolete space heroes still have a few tricks up their flight jacket sleeve.

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amazingness

if you like the writing style of Douglas Adam's then you will enjoy Yahtzee Croshaw. this book was a page Turner from start to end. packed with adventure and humor in a future well built and though out thoroughly

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Great! what I'd come to expect from the author!

this book has a unique humor to it that flows well within the narrative.

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Very enjoyable

Really enjoyed this book. Yahtzee does a great job at narrating, and the story is well written. Just bite sized enough with humor throughout. Found myself actually laughing out loud in many places.

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great listen!

enjoyed it very much :) very amusing, great story of a intergalactic underdog playing his part to make the universe a better place while running into trouble at every turn.

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Another Amazing Nicely by Yahtzee!

i decided I enjoyed this book too much and listening to the ply-ing track twice!!! Worth it.

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Nice

loved it poor guy at the end though oved the characters not usually a scifi fan but lived this

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Enjoyed every minute

Definitely surpassed my expectations and made me look forward to my daily commute. Would recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-04-09

Fantastic!

Would you listen to Will Save the Galaxy for Food again? Why?

I almost never re-listen to fiction, but I can see myself doing it in a year or two.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Will Save the Galaxy for Food?

Despite its claim of only being a "satirical sci-fi adventure", there were actually quite a few plot twists; I don't want to spoil anything, but there were a few "woah wait what?" moments.

Which character – as performed by Yahtzee Croshaw – was your favorite?

Ms. Warden

Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but decided to give it a shot. It was _thoroughly_ enjoyable. Really sad that I'm done with it! I'll have to check out some other Yahtzee works.

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  • K. F.
  • 2017-03-09

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.

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  • MIchael S Wherry
  • 2017-04-01

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.

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  • Zikayoka
  • 2017-02-28

Master of Satire

I love how this novel simultaneously honors and destroys every sci-fi trope in existence. I've loved listening to Crowshaw ever since he started reviewing video games and his witty brand of satire translate well into novel form. Yahtzee's drunk voice makes the book worth a credit all by itself in my opinion.

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  • Curious Marcelo
  • 2017-10-27

Light hearted adventure with a comedian twist

THE BAD
There's nothing really bad about this one, in reality. The worst thing I can think of is that maybe at some points the story dragged a bit and it wasn't nails stuck to armchair gripping. it was just ok every now and then

THE GOOD
Well there ar eplenty to list here. Characters, for one. With few exceptions, the characters are not particularly stellar but are very well defined in what they are and bring their own touch of entertainment and jokes to the story. The voice acting for them, although I'm the kind of listener who enjoys narrators distinctly separating men and women and this one didn't, was very good. You could tell who was speaking the majority of the time, and even despite the forced stereotypical characters voices be also forced, I believe that was the intention to make it funnier (which it did most of the time). The story is ok with nothing special or really extra captivating about it... seems like a simple backdrop serving as secondary character for the only purpose of providing the characters to delve into funny(er) situations. That being said, I think the ending was very realistic (or as much as one could be in this book) and at the same time particularly satisfying

THE VERDICT
After coming from a series of books that took themselves too seriously (some that had enough to sustain it and others not so much), this was excruciatingly refreshing. It provided a very much welcome escape while serving as sci-fi read along the way. Beware though that if you're not used to this kind of genre mix (it was my first such book), it might take you a while to get into it. My advice would be just to let go of any story expectations (which doesn't mean the story is bad, not at all) and try to savor all the small sharp wit conversations, which are plenty, because that is where the real gold lies within this story

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  • K. Simpson
  • 2017-03-10

Douglas Adams has reincarnated

A surprisingly fun romp through space-ish written by one of my favorite YouTubers. Completely recommended

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  • thomas dye
  • 2017-03-31

fun and funny

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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.

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  • Clifford
  • 2017-02-20

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.

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  • Brittany
  • 2017-05-01

really well done... couldn't put it down

wish it was longer other thab that loved it. one of my favorite books, right up there with hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-01

An interesting riff on a pulp staple

While the science of this science fiction comedy isn't exactly rock hard the aesthetic of this book is amazing. Yahtzee's performance, while not the best, has vitality and spirit and definitely adds to the story. The universe presented is interesting and we'll thought out, a space pulp that has been filtered and brightened with comedy and a modern lense.

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