If you have loved the books in the Thursday Next series (as I have) then you may find yourself a little less thrilled in this installment. The development of the characters has seemed to stagnate, and aside from a couple of brilliant scenes in the book (including the ending!) the twists and turns are disappointingly predictable. I was also saddened to see that although we see more of Landon Park Lane in this book, his relationship with Thursday remains bland and his character is really not explored to any degree of depth. It must also be said that although books 2 and 3 in this series were exceptionally well read (I didn't listen to the Eyre Affair as it is abridged) this particular installment was unexceptional, being read by a new narrator. The original voice of Thursday Next held a great degree of energy and zing...there were many times in this novel that I felt myself wishing she would quit moaning and shut up. I also felt that the plot droned on and went in to too many weird directions. In the previous two novels, Thursday has a consistent mission (escaping Goliath and the Chronoguard, then the duties of Jurisfiction) and although she gets a little sidetracked here and there, it's all heading in the same general direction. I felt in this novel that the writer had a bunch of random ideas left over and decided to randomly chuck them all in together.
This was not the best of the series to begin with, but the combination of horrible narration, the mispronunciation of character names and other key information, makes this a difficult experience. Read the book. Avoid the audio.
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I found Thursday Next in one of the Audible sales when I was looking for something new and different to read.
The premise is cute and very cleverly executed but one in the series is enough for the time being. I'm just not sure how much more mileage can be gotten out of the premise. At the same time, I know I have found an author I can listen to in the future. As I said, this is a mixed review.
So, if you are looking for an easy read, a pleasant adventure without explicit violence and gore, give Jasper Fforde and Thursday Next a try.
It is such a shame that Elizabeth Sastre was not engaged as narrator for this book. I found the narration flat and could not finish listening to the book. So disappointing.
I've really enjoyed the Thursday Next series. It is truly unique and different. It is well written with lots of interesting spins with it's linkages to the fictional world, as well England in the author's world. Of the 4 books, this is probably the weakest but, that may largely be because of the change in narrators. Elizabeth Sastre set a standard for Thursday and the rest of her characters in the first three books that would be hard to equal by anyone. The current narrator does a good job with some characters but, is lacking in some of the others. Overall, that slows down the pace and the devoted Fforde/Sastre fan feel disappointed or perhaps disconnected by the change. If you are looking for an original and unique series, I can't recommend another series highly enough.
As a Thursday Next fan you must read the fourth installment of her adventures. Overall the series, though perhaps as someone commented can get a little drawn out, is one of the more imaginative series of books I have read/heard in a long time. That being said after hearing the first 3 books wonderfully read by Elizabeth Sastre this newest narrator is horrible. She cannot seem to pronounce names properly and you spend time trying to figure out just who she is talking about. Her pauses between sections sometimes are so long I find myself looking at my iPod to see if it is still on. And the absolute worst is she sounds like she has gum or hard candy in her mouth while she is reading. I found myself cringing at times and not once felt like I could totally be wrapped up in the book as I had with the previous 3. I hope someone sends these reviews back to the company who made the recordings. PLEASE bring back Elizabeth Sastre for the next Next book!
The first book ?The Eyre Affair? was great, the second book, ?Lost in a Good Book? was good. The third book ?The Well of Lost Plots ?, was drawn out and this current book is very disappointing. The author is trying to make a series of a story which should have finished with the first novel. She is trying too hard to be funny. Her use of satire is not in keeping with her original writing style.