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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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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!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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An unexpectedly tense tale

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

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Loved it

Fantastic characters, and a beautiful funny commentary on current societal trends. I hope there are more books in this series.

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Spellboundingly wonderful performance.

A very different take on the magical world and the secret organisations in place to keep so. Another great book by yahtzee croshaw, with fantastic characters.

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A good read!

Nic twist on what would happen if magic was real! Perfect pacing. And funny! A good read

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Awesome

I really hope this is going to have a sequel. It's left on a great cliffhanger. And another great Yahtzee story and read. It's the last Audible by Yahtzee that I've listened to and he is brilliant. I would recommend to anyone.

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  • NexAngelus405
  • 22-03-18

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.

71 of 75 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 11-03-18

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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  • Jack Packard
  • 29-03-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-05-18

Laugh out loud funny

This is the first time a book has been so good that it prompted me to overcome my inherent laziness and write a review. I listen to audio books on my commute to and from work, people must think I'm insane as they see me laughing maniacally to this book. The narrator's voice characterizations are so good that I thought he was a trained actor versus the author. Extremely clever satire that sometimes hits you over the head, but this needs to be made into a movie.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jon
  • 30-03-18

I want a sequel.

No spoilers here. Just listen to it, and then join me in badgering Yahtzee for more.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick Riley
  • 08-04-18

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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  • Catherine Ann Drolshagen
  • 02-08-18

pure fun!

After a slow two or three short chapters, Yahtzee Croshaw's most recent book is delightful, laugh out loud funny and a good mystery. I'll admit I listened to it all in 2 days. Looking forward to the next one Yahtzee.

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  • Dom
  • 02-08-18

They said I need a heading to submit

My favorite Yahtzee Croshaw book so far - funny, relevant commentary, and just fun. Good stuff

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  • Anca Patricia Matei
  • 30-07-18

So much fun

This is the first book I've read (well listened to) by Yahtzee, and it was an absolute delight. He's well known as a comedy writer in the gaming industry, and I'd previously known him from his video reviews and play-throughs.

The text is very funny in itself, but Yahtzee's reading also adds so much humor, I love the voices he does, it's very easy to picture the characters. The story's clever, a good satire of political correctness going a bit overboard, and a satisfying murder mystery with alien beings from other dimensions.

The story takes place in modern day England, where the Ministry of Occultism runs into a lot of trouble on account of the way they've been dealing with Shoggoths. This turns into a PR nightmare that the Ministry scrambles (and generally fails ) to fix. I really like the portrayal of government institutions making it up as they go along, jumping from one disaster to the next, all being handled by questionably competent, and definitely insane, people. It's exactly how I imagine it goes in real life. I was happy with the plot, with a light comedy book I had my expectations pretty low, but I think it was all cleverly done, I was pleasantly surprised.

The characters were fun, I particularly liked Elisabeth, the one running most of the things in the Ministry, and (I'm sorry it's only audiobook and I'm bad with names, the guy that handles PR,) that's always angry and but well meaning and trying to fix things. There's also the main character, Allison, that's clever but ends up in way over her head, and a senior ministry agent that may or may not be completely mad. Shoggoths are lovely too, and some of the side characters, especially the ones out in the country with really funny accents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-18

Differently Genius

This is simply the funniest book I have ever listened to. With a suprisingly facinating story with a high degree of thought provoking social commentary. Higly recommended for any fan of everything from Harry Potter to H. P. Lovecraft.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful