Simon Prebble is a fabulous voice talent. His voices add depth and interest to an already fun book. I found this book to be as much fun as the 1st book in the Thursday Next series was.
Reader is fine.
Writer provides a good script for reading.
The premise for a book length story is grievously tedious.
As they say in the trade, it is a one joke plot. Change the names of the characters to Smith, Jones and O'Hara, remove the few quirks introduced by the premise,and do a bit of rewriting to paper over the holes these changes create and the author would have a typical light, character focussed, detective story, which would provide amusing fare for the reader.
If you are good at revising the manuscript as you hear it to enhance its entertainment value, you will find this pleasant listening. If doing so is not to your taste, I am afraid you will find this a bore.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
Definately not my cup of tea. This was a horrible rendition of mush up children's tales
I am a huge fan of Fforde's Thursday Next series, but this was lackluster in comparison. Not excellent recording quality, either. I didn't always care for the narrator's voice and characters, and could not always understand him. However, somehow Fforde is an addiction, and I still find myself wanting to listen to the sequel, The Fourth Bear!
Any book that gives you every character (with complicated names to boot)in this book and not in this book because they are in the series in the first few sentences, is not something I want to waste my time with. Having to scroll back just to know who's who isn't my idea of a good read.
I loved the Thursday Next series and expected to like this book, too. I didn't. It wasn't witty, it wasn't clever, it wasn't even interesting. I haven't given up on this author, because I know he usually does better. I'd just like to warn others to skip this one. If you have read his Thursday Next books, this one will be a disappointment.
I bought Fourth Bear first - what a hoot! I hoped this would be as good, but found it harder to follow and not as engaging as 4B. Great introduction to Mary Mary - the character development is wonderful. Reading isn't as good as 4B either.
I listened to this on a recent trip and it put me right to sleep, which was helpful because I was in noisy hostels and thin-walled hotels. Through multiple listenings I got the gist of the story and it was ok, but not up to the Thursday Next series.
I listen to books while I walk. The good ones make me want to walk more. This book however, made me want to stay home. It was boring and tedious.