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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 08-26-18

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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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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Good enough that it kind of pisses me off.

So this is the second audio book that I have listened to by Croshaw, the other being 'Will Save the Galaxy...' And as with that other book he is parodying a genre, this time it's Monster Hunters / Wizard School. What annoys me is that his parody stories are better than half of the 'serious' writers out there. Yahtzee got more than his share of talent.

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Childish and Clumsy

When the moral of the story is “sometimes you’re right when you find foreigners and minorities revolting or dangerous,” your political satire might be a touch off-base. Croshaw can turn a phrase, make fun jokes, and do silly accents with style, but that doesn’t make up for the abundance of sloppy strawmen and caricatures.

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  • Michael James Robson
  • 03-16-18

Half Supernatural thriller, half Yes Minister

Quite possibly my favourite novel from Yahtzee yet, and very animately performed. Listeners familiar with his games will find some nice references in here but knowing them isn’t essential. I will say that if your curious about a certain event mentioned in the novel then you should play “The consuming shadow” to get some back ground on the world the book takes place in.

Without getting into too much detail the Ending was a bit mysterious, which normally would be fine except i’m aware of the author’s tendency to not make sequels, so if this is going to be another stand alone story there will be a few questions left un-answered but it by no means spoils an excellent story, well worth your time and money!

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  • Stefan Grieve
  • 03-16-18

Differently amusing

A unique take of the supernatural genre, this is witty, insightful and very funny as well. A clever satire of political correctness but done in a thoughtful way. Some of the scenes in this book are comic gold, I have to say. I also enjoyed the fact that it was not just funny but had alongside it a compeling plot with genuinely surprising plot twists, which is a bonus for these types of novels in the genre which sometimes relay too much on humour and not enough on a riveting plot.
The audio version has extra delights, with a brillant, amusing performance with added sound effects that I think add to the enjoyment of the experience.

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  • Michael
  • 03-19-18

Half political argument and half story

Yahtzee really should have worked out before he started to write this book if he was writing a novel or if he was writing a piece of political commentary.

The book is written with Yahtzee's characteristic humour. His prose is tight and snappy. The writing is around the same level of quality as in Will Save The Galaxy For Food - so a big improvement on his first two books.

The real problem with Differently Morphous comes from the characters. There are only three or four actual characters in the entire book - characters with their own motivations, wants, desires, flaws and so on. Most of the characters are poorly disguised straw men (or straw people, to be more accurate) who have been constructed to represent both sides of a political argument.

The book has a lot to say on current political talking points, such as identity politics, institutionalisation, how the internet loves a hate mob and so on. The problem is none of it is particuclarly coherent. Characters from both sides of the debate spout comically oversized talking points. One character (the only person of colour in the book) is a ridiculously overblown hippie who complains about everything and everyone behaving offensively. She is pitted against a selection of people who are thinly veiled allegories for ignorant hate-mongers.

As far as I can tell, the book never has anything to say itself. It is happy to line up these straw people and have them rant for pages at a time, but it very carefully comes down on neither side of the issue. The book sits on the fence, making fun of both sides, but never having the courage to get down off the fence and put itself in the firing line. It's a very Team America: World Police sort of satire - the sort that takes pride in its ability to make fun of everyone, but never has the bravery to state where it stands on any of the issues discussed.

This is what I mean when I say that Yahtzee should have decided if he was writing a novel or an allegory. If he was writing a novel, then he failed because most of the characters are two dimensional people who exist only to posit political nonsense. If he was writing a political alegory then he failed because the book never actually engages with the issues, it just sneers from the sidelines.

There are other issues. The plot is basically fine, although there is a twist near the end which is so unbelievably bad it squandered what little patience I had left with the book.

It's a real shame becasue Differently Morphous starts out really well. The protagonist is a fun subversion of the Hermione Granger archetype and there the various early plot moves Yahtzee makes causes the story to really stake out its own terratory. It feels fresh and new. Then things get spoiled somewhat by the political stuff.

Generally speaking, Differently Morphous is fun and witty and mostly well written. If you think you can get past the political stuff that annoyed me so much, I think you'll really, really enjoy it. If you get annoyed by Yahtzee's ranting about Social Justice Warriors, at the same time as he seems to support most of the same positions Social Justice Warriors take, I'd leave this one alone.

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  • James Knight
  • 03-18-18

A carefully crafted conflux

It is astonishing to me how a book can be so well crafted, every tiny irreverent idea expands and forms itself over time. Nothing is wasted, even unanswered question that are clearly meant as sequel bait, still create intrigue and depth. There was a scene in an estate where I thought the book had met it's natural, climactic end point - only for another three hours to pass and something far greater and impactful leapt out of the woodwork.

This book is for people interested in speech, both as a concept, right and force. Those who strive for humour, not at the expense of character but to the betterment of it. It would appeal to dreamers and heavy thinkers who embrace a hypothetical reality within their minds and challenge it.

Read on if you dare you empty headed rattlebrain. Step forth into the intriguing abyss within the body, mind and soul that will be accompanied by the infinite pleasures of this book. These are the musings of...Diablory!!!

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  • Pod
  • 07-23-18

Slapstick paranormal detectives

Very engaging tale of a young girl getting a job at HM's government and doing a bit of 'field work'

It's not what I expected at all, given the author and subject matter. It's an interesting and novel urban-fantasy novel crossed with a lampooning of modern PC culture and government. I'd be interested to know what Yahtzee's "official" message is regarding that, as the book meanders through all possible interpretations.


Production wise, it's Well edited and the volume is consistent. Decent voice-acting with good character differentiation throughout, though a few dodgy accent. Not a complete fan of the foley-studio FX that occasionally get introduced.

Best Yahtzee book yet?

The ending is very interesting and definitely sets it up for a sequel. Let's hope it gets one -- the other books don't seem to, as of yet.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-18

dirk gently meets x-files

building on the interstellar bum pirates universe with little references to his other 3 books. I love yahtzee's writing style and has only gotten more polished with every book. can't wait for the next one.

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  • Stu K
  • 09-30-18

Hard to begin, easy to finish.

Was a struggle to begin with, the narrator seems to exclaim every line like he was reading a declamation to a rowdy crowd. took some perseverance to get through the first chapter but he settled down a bit once the voice characterisations kicked in which were good in the main though one character voice was a very irritating whisper. Was an enjoyable listen nevertheless, story is good, well paced and while not laugh out loud it is humourous throughout with a good mixture of characters. Will be listening to the sequels.

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  • Occasional Sarcastic Review
  • 03-06-18

Waited for this...

Will tell you later if it was worth it, most likely, it was! Loved the previous book, but the first two need new recordings... UPDATE! AMAZING! Like, a WHODUNNIT with MAGIC! and more brilliant is,YOU will never guess who it was until the last few chapters!!! Worth a Read/Listen! Annoyance: the typing effects... made it kill the fantasy a bit...

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-19-18

Very good

Good for everyone, but especially a slightly younger audience. Very funny, and a unique sense of humour

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  • Georgia
  • 08-14-18

An unexpectedly tense tale

Brilliant tale with a great twist! Great characters and humour throughout. Great read / listen.

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  • Kai
  • 03-26-18

Second best Croshaw book

This is ALMOST as good as Mogworld, in my opinion the best of his novels. Incredibly funny, interesting, and mysterious. I await the sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-22

got me keen

always had me thinking what it wanted me to think. top form from yahtzee

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-22

I need more!

That was fun. I enjoyed Existentially Challenged and decided I needed to listen to the previous book in the (series?). Mr Croshaw, can we please have some more insight into your fabulously twisted magic infused world(mind)?

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  • Matt
  • 03-15-22

Entertaining

I enjoyed the writing and performance, however i found the story was a little dull based on the concept and what could have taken place.

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  • Jack
  • 02-08-22

Engaging and entertaining

Yahtzee always manages to keep the listener hooked, with creativity and flair on display. Would %100 recommend a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-22

Meticulous. Devilish. Brilliant.

Having been a fan of Yahtzee’s short form work for many years, I was excited to see what he could do with he luxury of time.

What followed was a meticulously well constructed world.

The narrative dominos are so carefully set from page one.
The pacing perfect.
The characters exasperatingly relatable.

Nothing feels out of place in this book. Yahtzee draws heart and humour out of the utterly mundane, and I found solace and comfort when the world was at it’s most ridiculous.

Yahtzee puts the normal in paranormal brilliantly, so listen up, keep up and be absorbed in this story like an old cheeseburger wrapper into a semi-permeable, endearing, sentient bucket of Dennis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

I really enjoyed it.

I enjoyed it alot. definitely worth a listen if you enjoy fantasy genre. .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

fine

good but need better voice work but I like it it was funny 😄

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  • N. Archer
  • 06-10-21

facinating

Amazing performance and brilliant characters loved it. Was my favourite book from Yahtzee so far :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-21

A good surpise from the great Zero punctuation

loved the book from start to finish. Found them from his YouTube career and now I regret taking so many years to come around and listen to his book. Worth the time 100%

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