OK, so I don't love the narrator on this book quite as much as the narrator on the three previous Jasper Fforde books, but c'mon folks - how many books can make you laugh as often as anything in the Thursday Next series. These are gifts from the OutLands and should be cherished. Yes, I almost drove off the road while laughing at the game show where politicians vied to be the best at evading questions. If only we had television access to "Celebrity Name That Fruit" life would be as wonderful as a Thursday Next book!
Mr. Fforde has created another excellent entry in his Thursday Next series, answering questions that had been left dangling in previous books and pretty much tying up loose ends as if he'd decided to stop writing books for the series. The switch to Emily Gray as the reader is a bit unnerving to say the least, and I dearly miss the delightful talents of Elizabeth Sestre who brought the first three books to life. Although I got used to Ms. Gray about halfway through, her pronunciation of certain names drove me crazy right up to the very end because she didn't pronounce them like Ms. Sestre.
Jasper has given us another outstanding adventure from Thursday Next. Unfortunately, the narration leaves much to be desired. Elizabeth Sastre had become Thursday's voice, no doubt, and the new narrator couldn't even be bothered to learn how to pronounce many of the character's names. It's distracting, and takes away from some of Fforde's outrageous humor. I'm going to make sure to read this one on paper, so I can hear it with the "Real Thursday" in my head.
It was a great story, mostly well told. Like all of the Friday books, it dragged in places. But everything came together in the end.
I too was disappointed in the change in narrators, but in the end it was OK.
I'm on the third listen of this series in two months! I relistened to it a second time as soon as I had finished the seventh book. Now, here I am again, listening for this third time after having listened to several other books. It is so engaging, the narrators bringing you into the story in a wonderful way, details revealing themselves that I had missed previously, just as delighted to be taken into these wonderful worlds Jasper Fforde has created. Highly recommend!!
He is a fantastic story teller and the performance was wonderful!
Choosing a favorite part is hard but I really enjoyed the character names, very creative way to change the names to protect the innocent! lol
I love these books. But the formatting is hugely frustrating, the chapters don't match the audible chapters. That should never happen. Finding my place is much harder this way, especially going back and forth from print to audio.
The Thursday Next novels are some of my favorite reads and I think the author is brilliant to bring so much nonsense into a perfectly understandable story that is interesting, engaging and so very delightful! This book does not disappoint me in any way ....All of these books provide such an escape that they cheer me up no matter how grumpy I am that day.