It's weird, it's nerdy, it's awesome. Can't recommend it enough— my only caution to you is that it clearly has a sequel and it hasn't been written yet. You'll be wondering what happens next for quite some time.
It's in true Jasper Fforde fashion-completely original, creative, and entertaining.
If you like this book, you'll enjoy all of Jasper Fforde's books. He has such an original style. A modern Roald Dahl for adults. Love his books.
First listen by this narrator and thought it was excellent.
Well, I was already a fan of Fforde's Thursday Next books, but this one is at a whole different level. It is one of my top 5 audiobooks I've listened to.
The story presents a very hierarchical society in a very creative way. I'm a sociologist, and really enjoyed the ways Fforde gets into the dailiness of an imaginary culture, with all the absurdities that seem completely reasonable from within the society. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story!
This book is written with the characteristics of a young adult book (main character's age and issues) but is written beautifully with wonderful allusions. I want a second book to come out so badly. I listened to the book years ago, and again 6 months ago. I think about it all the time.
Beautiful speaking voice. I could listen to him all day long. There is something about him that is friendly and inviting.
I can't wait for the second book to come out. I really liked the story and I want to see where it leads.
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.
Outside of the Thursday Next series, Fforde's characters tend to be pretty stock creations. That doesn't keep him from being able to construct a first rate satire of the dystopian trends of our times. A key theme is that human nature will always manage to subvert whatever system is imposed on it, and those most egregiously subverting it will always be the ones most self-righteous about upholding it. You might think of this as 1984 with a sense of humor, but that doesn't give enough credit to Fforde for all the original ideas he packs into this book.