Deborah J. Leslie
Shades of Grey is an intriguing, compelling novel, which I know because I read the print version first. Wanting to listen to it while I did other things, I bought an audible copy, but couldn't stand more than 5 minutes of it, if that.
The story is narrated by a 19-year-old boy. John Lee is obviously a mature man, with a slightly cynical air and other intonations and phrasings that violate the character. By all means read the book, but don't bother listening to John Lee try to imitate a young, somewhat innocent and somewhat earnest young man.
This doesn't have the humor and imagery of the Tuesday Next books and it took a while to understand the world and the story but I got into it near the end. I look foward to liking the next in the series more than the first. New beginnings can be such a difficult adjustment when one is spoiled by Ms Next
This book was intriguing, but ultimately unsatisfying. I especially dislike the ending. If this is the beginning of a series (Fforde certainly likes his series), I won't be bothering with the others.
John Lee remains one of my favorite narrators, however. With a lesser narrator, I might not have finished.
I enjoy Mr. Fforde's Thursday Next and Nursery Crime series, and expected it to be written in a similar style. However, the level of description of the environments was exhaustive, in both senses of the word. Though description may be important in a visually related world, I found it to be tedious, and ended up not finishing the book, which I rarely do.
I would recommend Thursday Next or the Nursery Crimes, but not this one unless you have a lot of patience and a better sense of visual memory than I. However, I might be interested in an abridged version, as an editor might make this book a bit better.
Based on my love of Fforde's books, I would recommend a sequel, as it would be unlikely he would write a second less than awesome book.
Audible addict since 2001. Avid Reader who loves to exercise. I started listening to books in 1997 & now I can't goto sleep without it.
I love Jasper Fforde. I hated this book. The book did have a few paragraphs of brillance mired by pages of boring text. Trying too hard to be abstract made this book unreadable. This is not in the Nursery Crimes series or Thursday Next series but I don't even recognize Fforde's humor or style of writing. I was truly disappointed with the entire book. I hope Mr Fforde overcomes this fiasco to write interesting prose again.
Jasper has done better. The book was disappointing.
His books have had better narration too. They should pay for a good narrator. It makes or breaks the book. The first part of the book is hard to get through.