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.
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.
I have enjoyed all of the Thursday Next books. I'm always impressed by their wit and charm and I find myself chuckling aloud. I was put off by the switch in narrator at first, so much so that I stopped listening. Then I came back 6 months later and didn't have such a distinct memory of the first narrator so it wasn't a problem. The narrator only suffers in comparison to the first, but is fine on her own.
I would recommend this book to a friend because I love the story line and the narration.
The play by play of Thursday trying to keep her mother from looking in to see Friday and Mrs. Bradshaw asleep on the couch.
I would love to be able to take Thursday's Dad out to dinner. Being a rouge in the Chronoguard could make for interesting conversation.
Another fun installment in the Thursday Next Series. Thursday has decided it’s time to come back to the real world, she has been living in the book world for 2 years, since her husband Landen was eradicated, but as you know trouble follows our Thursday and as much as she wants Landen back there are some bad people out there that want her eradicated in every sense of the word.
I so enjoy these books it’s been too long since I picked one up and it was the best way to end my year in reading! Hamlet was hilarious in his pining for but hating Ophelia and what he thinks of all the movies and books on his “life” and the Shakespeare’s , yes many more than one since he was cloned but none of them seem to have the originals talent.
Thursday gets Landen back and then loses him again, it is all a big game played by Goliath and new baddy Kaine who may or may not be a fictional character, who seems to have it out for the Danish, and who does Thursday have living her who else but Danish Prince Hamlet.
There is, as usual many great characters in this book but most of them aren’t literary characters and I missed them, and Miss Havisham!
Emily Gray as always does a wonderful job at the narration, I love all her different voices she is very, very talented!
I read the last book in 2012 and I think it is time I finished this series, so I will be listening to the rest of these this year.