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Differently Morphous

Lu par : Yahtzee Croshaw
Durée : 10 h et 23 min
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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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  • Dubi
  • 07/11/2018

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
  • 24/09/2018

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
  • 08/04/2018

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
  • 11/03/2018

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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  • Pauline Gumin
  • 15/10/2018

wow!

Officially one of my favorite books!! Read so well too!! Thank you for your work!

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  • NexAngelus405
  • 22/03/2018

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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  • ash
  • 26/07/2018

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.

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  • BOBBI DUNCAN
  • 18/09/2018

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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  • Jack Packard
  • 29/03/2018

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.

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  • jh
  • 26/08/2018

Just ok

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

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 10/03/2018

So, the fourth Croshaw novel...

For those who do not know the author, Yahtzee Croshaw, he has been a games journalist and reviewer for over ten years as time of writing. So, it is only natural for him to include his experiences from the games he played (and liked) in his non-review-content. About the novel then. (Warning: Very minor spoilers for his other works for those that are especially sensitive about the issue of spoilers) Yahtzees books have always mirrored some rather obvious gaming trend that was popular or well-liked (by him of course) at the time: 'Mogworld' is the most blatant example with its story set inside a video game, 'Jam' followed the craze around zombie and apocalypse survival games and 'Will save the galaxy for food' felt like the kind of scenario Mr. Croshaw might come up with (or find interesting within) space simulation games, notably Elite: Dangerous. This stated, it is rather surprising to see this novel coming out, with no main theme being so obviously games related. The novel itself rather gives social commentary then any kind of gaming related statement, and that is rather splendid to see/read, especially with the host site of his regular 'Zero Punctuation', 'the escapist' being quite dead for some time now. It seems to a long time follower of Yahtzees works that this novel is his attempt to free himself at least partially from his routine work in games journalism/reviewing. After all this rambling, let us get to the juicy bits real quick: The Story "It's a contemporary paranormal fantasy about the difficulties of adapting to modern life when you are a formless lovecraftian horror from beyond the veil of time and space." ~ Yahtzee about this book, Zero Punctuation about Metal Gear Survive The quote about sums it up. I don't really want to spoil anything about the plot or the characters, but in a general sense the story is well set up, with some on-the-nose exposition at a few points in the book. The characters are very well written and feel very coherent throughout the novel. Do not expect the high saturation of humor found in his other novels, even though there are plenty of genuine funny moments found here. Development and pacing of the plot feel natural, with no event or character being rushed. To explain why I have not rated the story, and thus the novel as a whole as perfect is that it was rather generic at times, with Yahtzees more dramatic approach to a story. I prefer his style of characters and story as seen in 'Jam', with a very colorful cast of characters and truly unique setting, to the more generic tone of this novel in comparison. Narrator and style "Yahtzee, you slick internet paparazzi..." ~ Yahtzee again, Zero Punctuation about Wolfenstein (2009) I feel comfortable combining narration and the style of writing in one aspect, as the narrator is the author and this saves some space. I feel like Yahtzees style might not be for everyone, but I don't really have any ground to base that on, knowing no one that doesn't like his writing, but also knowing only a handful of people that are familiar with him at all. His metaphors sometimes are on the ludicrous side of things, but his writing is very intelligent, if that makes any sense. You really feel like he has put some thought into nearly every literary device and figure of speech, and thus crafted this beautiful style I like about his writing. As for Mr. Croshaw as narrator, I think he has definitively improved upon his earlier novels, with some more variety between characters and their particular manners of speech. This has been his best performance yet. Conclusion To give a final conclusion of what has been written up there, 'Differently Morphous' is a successful attempt at breaking out of old habits and themes for Mr. Croshaw without losing his peculiar style and his way of telling a story. With only some minor shortcomings with the characters and exposition, this novel is a great addition to Yahtzees library of novels and worth every cent you pay.

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  • Kurome
  • 08/03/2018

if you know yahtzee...

The Yahtzee Crowshaw multiverse gets yet another layer. full of nods to other works but being stand alone and funny enough to entertain.

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  • Karlotius
  • Birmingham
  • 04/11/2019

Author is a great narrator

The author narrates his characters exactly how he imagined them and that makes the listening experience even more enjoyable.
Great storytelling, innovative ideas far off the beaten fantasy / wizardry path, memorable, unique characters.
You might have difficulties understanding the northern English accent of one particular character if you are not native. But that's fine. His sentences are very short.

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  • Adilos Cantürk
  • Bayreuth
  • 26/04/2019

Douglas Adams meets political correctness

Loved every Minute of it. The characters are unique, funny and surreal.
I laughed out loud more often than i can remember.
Love the humor and Yahtzee reads it brilliantly. Well done Sir.

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  • Ingo Guenther
  • Windeck
  • 15/10/2018

Fun to read

Think of this book as a blend of Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" and David Wong's "John Dies at the End" series, which I both enjoyed a lot. Fully recommended.

As always, Yahtzee Croshaw does a great job reading it.

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  • Robin Schuhmacher
  • 24/04/2018

Größtenteils brilliant und unterhaltsam

Das schlechte zuerst: bei ungefähr zwei Dritteln der Geschichte schleicht sich meines Erachtens ein bisschen Idiotie bei der Protagonistin ein, verflüchtigt sich aber glücklicherweise zum Ende hin wieder. Außerdem mag der Autor ein paar Worte ein bisschen zu sehr, die sich deshalb ein wenig zu oft wiederholen meiner Meinung nach ('glare' drängt sich auf).
Auch ein kleiner Nebenplot wird erst im Epilog etwas hemdsärmelig aufgelöst und das Ende schreit nach einer Fortsetzung, was mich etwas irritiert angesichts dessen, dass alle bisherigen Titel des Autors alleinstehende Geschichten waren.
ABER... nichtsdestotrotz hatte ich sehr viel Spaß mit dem Buch. Es ist sehr witzig, die Charaktere und der Plot angemessen absurd und die Erzählung durch den Autor ist großartig. Es werden genug falsche Fährten gelegt um die Geschichte spannend zu halten und alles ist voller lustig-bizarrer Analogien, wie man vom Autor erwarten sollte. Referenzen zu Örtlichkeiten, Charakteren und Gags aus anderen Büchern sowie aus den Videos und Spielen des Autors kommen auf, sind aber nie zentral oder aufdringlich - wer das referierte Material nicht kennt versteht trotzdem alles, und zumeist ist es auch für sich genommen lustig, würde ich meinen. Insgesamt für mich eine sehr gute Investition; würde ich jederzeit weiterempfehlen, wenn man den Mix aus Horror, Comedy und Fantasy mag.

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  • Cliff.
  • 19/04/2018

Amazing book

It's an amazing book with twists and turns everywhere. You're constantly on edge and the style is unique and whilst being funny in just the right moments

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  • Flemming B.
  • 07/04/2018

bullseye, again

a great story. if you enjoyed any other story by Yahtzee you will like this one too.

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  • Fox Guy Man
  • 04/04/2018

Incredibly absurd yet realistic.

This book promised pairing Lovecraftian sprinkles of horror with a glazing of modern extreme PC-Culture. It did.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Bubblehill
  • 30/03/2018

Somehow didn't click

I own all of the author's books, and this is the first one where I found myself constantly drifting away, losing the plot, forcing me to restart various chapters to get back into it.

I cannot explain exactly why, I just did not connect with the protagonists or the story - maybe there were too many characters to follow, maybe it was something else, but apart from a few occasions of the typical and hillarious Yahtzee humor, I felt there was something missing to this one. I quit after about 60% through the story and have already forgotten most of the character's names.

I still love the previous books, especially Mogworld and Will save the Galaxy.