I definitely would listen again. It was a complicated story, very entertaining and interesting.
It stands alone, it was unique and excellent.
Her voice was pleasant to listen to, she did the various characters very well and the story flowed perfectly. I think she was excellent.
I would put The Eyre Affair easily in the Top 5 out of all the books I've listened to. I am in love with the literature-based world Jasper Fforde has created; a world that more-or-less answers the question: "wouldn't the world be a better place if everybody read more?" He has designed its delicate quirks and complex societal structure to delight every English Lit geek (even amateur ones) to stumble into it. I can't wait to see where the next book goes.
The first time the Shakespeare-authorship argument surfaced, I literally laughed out loud. Tied with this is the production of Richard III described in the book. Simply delicious.
Ms. Duerdan did a masterful job creating distinct and recognizable voices for all of her characters, but lacked in her characterization of the heroine/narrator Thursday Next. Thursday can be witty, aggressive, petulant, calculating, passionate, and ascerbic -- Ms. Duerdan's portrayal of her was, in my opinion, far too passive. I see that all other books in this series have been performed by a different narrator; I look forward to seeing how she differs.
Well. Obviously, Mr. Rochester -- but I suppose that's sort of cheating, isn't it? If it had to be a character created by Fforde, I think I would want to have dinner with Thursday -- I hope we'd be very good friends.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
This is book one in a series.
Jasper Fforde may be the most creative writer I've ever read. It is almost beyond my understanding how his thinking processes work. Multiple story lines and sub plots intertwine in such a complex way that I was dizzy for the first several chapters, particularly in light of the crazy world he has created for this book.
The parallel universe Fforde describes is wildly different. There is a 100+ year war between Russia and England over the Crimean Peninsula, time travel, a Chronoguard (time police force), pet Dodo birds and LiteraTecs who police the world of books. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre and other fictional characters travel to and from the real world, and some real people transport into books. Vampires, werewolves and other gruesome creatures are common.
Fforde's sense of humor is delightful. His characters have names like Victor Analogy, Acheron Hades, Jack Sh-t and, of course, Thursday Next. I laughed out loud at numerous comic situations and turns of phrase.
The narrator is excellent. She handles several British accents, male, female, old, young, crazy, evil and ... finally ... Welsh.
I recommend that anyone who buys this book read Jane Eyre, or at least a synopsis easily found online, before starting "The Eyre Affair."
Overall, I commend Fforde's wildly creative universe and undeniably complex plots. But I found it too confusing to enjoy. Hundreds of thousands of people disagree with me, so try it if you are intrigued.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
The Thursday Next series is a fun reinvention of literature. Using their original voices, Jasper Fforde shows us the classics as we have never envisioned them, and it works out fantastically. As always, Emily Gray is brilliant.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I have really mixed feelings about this book. On one hand the characters and premise of the book are extremely interesting and enjoyable. BUT one character is named a swear word and this book swears copiously. One section is replete with f-bombs. I really loved the literary parts of this, but apparently Jasper Fforde thinks that people who love Dickens, Jane Eyre and the Austin crowd swear a lot. I don't think that those books have that kind of thing in them. To me that is just wrong. I don't know anyone who swears this way except people on the perimeter of my acquaintance. So if I were rating it on story value alone it is a 5. If I were rating it on entertainment value it is a 1. Sorry. Put me in the middle.
I downloaded this because the description intrigued me - a mix between the world as we know it and something completely different, which is a concept that usually glues me to my headphones. But the story never really got going. The author doesn't explain her world, you just get all these weird things that happen, having to puzzle out what is "normal" and what isn't in the concept of this story. In some cases I guessed right and in some wrong, and a couple of times I ended up deciding that the obvious solution from my point of view, must be impossible based on the queer laws of physics never explained, only to find out several tedious chapters later that indeed it had been the solution, but the author preferred to string us along for a while longer. Definitely wouldn't spend another credit on this series.
The narrator is excellent, her different voices let you know who says what before the "suggested x" or "agreed y" comes along.
Totally enjoyed this book and the into/out of real real world environment because, really, isn't that why we read in the first place? The fun of meeting the literary characters gives me a bit of a "I just met a rock star" feeling. The idea of protecting the story's integrity becomes perfectly logical, leading to ... not quite magical but certainly supernatural situations quite naturally. My only criticism is that the paper version has additional treats in the way the footnotes are presented as, well, footnotes. Still, I listened and enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend.
I expected a great read , but was sadly disappointed . The only thing slightly funny was the names of some of the characters, but were a bit over the top (a character named Jack Schitt ?? Seriously ?)
Sorry , can't recommend at all
Jasper Fforde is an excellent world builder, which is why is pains me that I found myself somewhat disappointed with the Eyre Affair. His far superior Shades of Grey, which I have actively recommended to everyone I know, is a clever, original, Orwellian tale that describes a society in which one's social hierarchy is determined by one's ability to see the higher/lower end of the color spectrum. The Eyre Affair has also constructed brilliant world (OK, not as great as Shades of Grey, but still engaging) filled with enough literary references to make every English major swoon. However, while entertaining, the Eyre Affair received only a 3-star rating as I found the antagonists somewhat two-dimensional.