Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mogworld The Audiobook

 

THE AUDIOBOOK!

Click here to buy from iTunes!

Click here to buy from Audible!


Ho yes, this is actually a thing that is being done. Bet you thought I was hoping you'd forgotten about the promise of a Mogworld audiobook, right? That I'd been spending these quiet months sitting around in my pants eating Spotted Dick from the can? Oh ye of little faith. Actually it was Heinz Sticky Toffee Pudding. But importantly, there was a microphone set up next to my fat mouth and I recorded Mogworld between syrupy gulps.

It came to over 13 hours in length and about 1.4GB in total, it's fully unabridged and narrated by me, and let me tell you this: having to listen to thirteen hours of your own voice four or five times over for editing purposes has got to be someone's idea of an ironic Hell.

It's being published by the obliging chaps at Open Book Audio, and after a fairly lengthy approvals process it is now available on the big audiobook networks, meaning iTunes and Audible.com. But if you're one of those tiresome indie types it's also available on a few smaller networks. A full list of places that are selling it can be found on Mogworld's Open Book Audio page.

I'll answer the obvious question: no, I don't read it at Zero Punctuation speeds because that would be mental, and the audiobook format calls for a gentler, more relaxing approach than a hate-ridden 5 minute internet video. And incidentally un-learning how to talk fast was really hard and someone had better appreciate it.

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29 comments:

  1. 13 hours of soothing, dulcet British tones? Goodbye, boring train trips!

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  2. Awesome! :)
    Can't wait to listen to it. Thanks so much for doing this. I've, already read the book twice, but look forward to listening to you read it. <3

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  3. It's embarrassing how excited I am about this. Thank you for recording it, my dull trips to work are going to be a lot more fun, there's going to be many more people crossing the road to avoid the woman laughing to herself. So win win!

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  4. Since you two seem to respond to people asking, are you and Gabe going to do another Show and Tell anytime soon? I've listened to the existing ones so many times they're starting to run a bit dry. The especially long gameplay videos tend end up as Show and Tell-style randomfests as well, so I'd settle for more of those.

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  5. Awesome.
    Just finished my second read, so this'll be fun to listen to. :D

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    1. I just STARTED my second read. Time to start again, I guess!

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  6. I was waiting for a Kindle release, but I guess this'll do.

    Cheers from a fan, from a country you've never heard off.

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  7. That was the push I needed to get an audible subscription. Thank you :)

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  8. I’m visually impaired, audio books are the only way I to read. Thanks so much for making this so I can read this book.

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  9. Just bought this. Cannot wait to listen to it.

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  10. Signed up to Audible, got a free credit, used it on this, deleted Audible account. Free book, wooooooo!

    Ps. More Let's Plays, please!

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  11. The slower dulcet tones are completely undone by my listening to Audible books at 1.5 times speed. So it's still a Zero Punctuation style listen for me.

    It's that way for all my books except for that damnable Stephen Briggs who I can't understand at all except at normal speeds. Damn him!

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    1. how did u increase the speed?

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    2. Yeah, I listened to it at 2x speed on my iphone too. I do that with most audiobooks though, just find them painfully slow.

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  12. I don't have the best eyesight... to say mildly, so this is just perfect. I already have the book, but now I can listen to it and don't have to strain my eyes while doing so!

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    1. Just to rub my face in the whol eyesight thing, I had to do the "Are you human?" test 6 times...

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  13. love, love, love. Wow, yahtzee actually said it without mentioning Silent hill or HL, I think the editor erased a lot of words.

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  14. I can't get used to the slow pace...not that you should try to do that for 13 hours...though I would take less time I'm sure.

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  15. Bought and was listening to it and thought: Hey, that voice sounds really familiar...

    Then you said 'Bastard' and I was like "OMG!" that is totally that guy from Zero Punctuation!

    Better voice over guy than most I have read :)

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  16. Dear Yahtzee,

    I wasted ten dollars on food today, food that was supposed to be eaten by me, but was instead eaten by my dog. I was so furious that I liberated myself in putting ten dollars in your pocket and buying this audiobook. I'm very critical of literature, being a cynical writer myself, but your voice has kept me entertained for roughly nine months now and has even distracted me from suicide a couple of times, so I'll give Mogworld a listen.

    I hope this has been a strange and awkward message.

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  17. I finally decided to checkout audio books for listening to in the car during boring commutes to work and the first thing that caught my eye was Mogworld as being 'new' in the itunes store. Decided to make it my first ever adventure into audio books and now I fear no other audio book might ever hold up to my first time. Oh my! Really funny book and well read!

    My first thought when I started listening was hoping for a 13 hour traficjam... shame that actually almost happened today. That was not a wish meant to come true. But as such almost finished with the audio book and can't wait to hear how it ends!

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  18. To update on my previous comment, I finished the Mogworld audiobook. I must say Thadeus's voice was absolutely hilarious and amusing to the end. He wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining if I weren't listening to the awesome voices. In the end I did like Mogworld as a whole, especially the cleverly drawn out ending. However, my biggest criticism would have to be that, for a science fiction/fantasy book, it wasn't very entertaining. I was bored through most of the book, mostly uninterested, and hoping more gripping or entertaining things would happen. If I hadn’t pushed on to the end, I wouldn’t have ended up liking it. With that said, I certainly can't criticize it for being a typical story. The characters, while some felt gimmicky, were unique and consistent in a manner that I find... if anything, admirable. Not very generic. And the relationship between Meryl and Jim was painfully entertaining.

    All I can say constructively is, for science fiction/fantasy writing, even if it's mainly written to be comical, there should be much more:
    a. curious depth, and/or
    b. eventful action

    The game review at the end was the icing on the cake. I loved all the ways the story wrapped up. Arguably the perfect story to define the Yahtzee 'career'.

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  19. Slippery John thinks this book is a great buy. Slippery John enjoyed it!

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  20. I loved this book. Can't get enough of your writing style. The ending bothered me somehow, and I hope you write more Mogworld so that Jim can find a better destiny.

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  21. I've just finished the audiobook and enjoyed it hugely. I took a punt on it after browsing through Audible's catalogue (I didn't know your name from anywhere else, sorry). I'm glad I did, though.

    Unlike one of commenters above, I found the plot perfectly satisfying (I did kind of guess broadly what was going on fairly early on, but that doesn't matter). There was plenty going on I thought and I don't think 'curious depth' whatever the hell that is, would have added anything. A splendid romp.

    The characters were fun and sympathetic. Mr Wonderful and Thaddeus had me in stitches! I could empathise with Jim completely (I work in IT - it's about as close to being unwillingly undead as you're likely to get).

    I enjoyed your voice acting a great deal, although some of the minor characters' accents seemed a little geographically mutable at times.

    Some of the joke ideas were a little bit tired (Baron Civius having a nice motherly wife and wearing a cardie, for example). Seen that sort of thing before BUT, taken as a whole, there was great comedy and I was roaring in places.

    The style is very easy on the ear (or eye when in print, I suppose) and your inventiveness with things like Thaddeus's condemnatory epithets to his fellow undead were especially delicious (took me back to my old days at Sunday School).

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the likes of Terry Pratchett or anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction.

    Now then, what's all this about the world coming to a sticky end?




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  22. I feel like the final fourth-wall meta thing you could do would be to make a Zero Punctuation review of Mogworld (the game, not the book), which would serve to both confuse and enlighten your already vast following, and probably help you sell more books, which, as a fellow author, I am always looking for ways to do. I just realized that the previous sentence is very, very long.

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