the pacing is slow, the characters are pretty flat, but the world is rich and alive, fun, silly, dark, and mysterious. jasper fforde is cheeky as usual, and the narration, apart from Mary Mary, is perfect and brilliant and really brings each character to life. all in all a fun listen.
I would definitely recommend this book to friends and strangers! It's so funny along with the mystery of solving the crimes. I was so sad when it came to an end!
The most memorable parts for me were the way all the nursery rhyme characters fit in to the story. One line that I truly laughed out loud at was when they talked about the right to arm bears. It still makes me laugh! I also loved the part when Mary goes on a date with Ashley. It was great!
I always check to see if Simon Vance is the narrator because he is truly my favorite of all! This performance was amazing because of the many different voices that he had to be.
I would love to have been able to listen to all of it in one sitting. I would even just sit in the car for a long time after I got home so I could listen to the story as long as possible.
I loved this book even more than
I read Over Easy: A Nusery Crime and couldn't get enough. This is the funniest book I've read in a while and NEED to read more. Super sharp wit. I would recommend this and any Jasper Fforde story that comes along. Simon Vance gives excellent voice.
As a big fan of English humor and details; I had expected big things from this book, but was very dissappointed. Too much of a good thing maybe? The story and wit was truly original, however, it was overly long. I believe it would have been more entertaining if the author would have dedicated it's time to the main subject matter and left out the seeming hours of attempting to add every other nursery rhyme to it's story.
I would be reading this at work and find myself laughing outloud. This is a wonderful concoction of Nursery Rhyme characters and the crimes they commit and others try to solve. Not for children as strong language is used throughout.
Inspector Jack Spratt and the NCD gang are back. Another great nursery crime. Truly enjoyable even for non PDRs (persons of dubious reality).
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I had avoided books by this author because of the mixed reviews I had read. But this one was on sale one day so I thought I would give it a try. I found it delightful and witty. It's not going to win any Pulitzer Prizes but it is an enjoyable light listen that had me laughing out loud at the gym as I peddled my stationary bike. Very cute.
Writer of YA fiction books: "Little Jane Silver" and "Little Jane and the Nameless Isle"
This is a terrific and funny book. It had me laughing out loud. The reader has an amusing British voice and charming manner. The Dorian Gray used car lot is hysterical!
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I think Jasper Fforde is a genius, but I think the Thursday Next books are a big step up from the Nursery Crime series. All the same, Fforde proves he is the master of any genre he puts his mind to, so if he wants to do a straight up detective story in a world populated by nursery rhyme characters, it's going to be hilarious while upholding all the rules and conventions you would expect. I liked this sequel to The Big Over Easy better than the first one. It felt better integrated and relied less on contrivances. The characters started to fill out a bit (and who would you guess Jack goes to for marriage counseling?), but they still fall short of the standards set by Thursday Next. I suspect it's really hard to keep coming up with books of the calibre required by Thursday Next, so I'm happy to spend time with Fforde's other books in between.
I absolutely LOVE this author’s style. Anyone who can take nursery rhymes and create murder mysteries replete with humor and satire is a major plus in my book.
In the second installment of the Nursery Crime series, the Goldilocks and the Three Bears are caught in a national conspiracy and the Gingerbread Man is blood thirsty as ever. Obviously this is not a nail-biter (unless you suffer from Mother Goose phobia) but it is certainly clever.
My only issue is that there are times when the story was a little boring and nothing irks me more in a mystery than when characters are introduced at the last minute who end up playing a pivotal role in the plot. I feel like it’s a cop out and it cheapens the story.
In any case, I do recommend this book if anything for the humor and to marvel at the twisted lives of our much beloved nursery rhymes.
Lastly, I will add, that the narrator of this book is AMAZING. Loved listening to every minute!