This reminds me a bit of an Artemis Fowl book only with curse words. There is some clever word play and humorous moments, however, the story did not hold my attention very well. The constant time travel back and forth made it seem like a never ending journey to the inevitable non-ending cliffhanger.
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.
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.
Duerdan does a pretty decent job of reading. Most of the men sound alike, but not so much when they're talking to each other, so it's not hard to figure out what's going on.
It's weird. The story makes a pretty important point about Jane Eyre being written in the first person, so action that happens away from her makes no sense. THIS book is also written in the first person, and yet there is CONSTANTLY action happening away from the narrator that we know about. Even if it was done to intentionally be ironic, it's stupid. There is no purpose that this book is written in 1st person when the author is going to mind-jump and tell us all sorts of things that would be FINE from a 3rd-person point of view.
Seriously, at one point the narrator is giving info to a character via radio, and still reporting on facial expressions and thought processes of OTHER people she can't see. Really, it's stuff an editor should have fixed. I don't care if the author was trying to do it to make a literary point/joke. It's dumb.
Eh....sort of. I wouldn't spend actual money on this, but for a discount it wasn't a waste of my 3-for-2 (or whatever) credits. I can't say I'll listen again.
There's a whole series. I may try another to see if the author gets better as he develops, but I haven't decided for sure.
The Eyre Affair
I have to say, I had a rollicking good time listening to The Eyre Affair.
I note that some reviews suggest that the names were hard to follow, I don’t agree. I found the names funny and individual enough to follow easily.
The story was a bibliophile’s delight. The allusions were terrific and showed a solid knowledge of some of my favorite books. The alternative universe was a delight. The main character was believable and interesting. I did think her romance with her ex was a ‘bit’ heavy handed, but it was not the center of the story.
The idea that a society exists that loves books as much as they do in Fforde’s novel was very appealing. His ideas and writing show a very original mind and voice. Fforde built enough tweaks in the system to make it interesting and yet it stayed believable.
I look forward to more Tuesday Next novels.
Say something about yourself!
The first 45 minutes of 'The Eyre Affair' amount to a literary Schrodinger's Cat-trick, a paradox I learned from Heinlein in 4 concise minutes of reading when I was 12.
If only one of you, my compatriots, had mentioned Dr Who in the many reviews I read, I'd never have bought this book: I despise Dr Who.....and conversely, someone who enjoys Dr Who is likely to enjoy this book. It is superbly narrated.
Oddly, I think I was warned about this book just two weeks ago, but wasn't given the title. Anybody else read Ian McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth'?
I loved this. It's not for everyone, but if you like subtle literature references, and not so subtle references it's a lot of fun. You have to be comfortable with your favorite literature and history being rewritten, and I'm sure some would say bastardized, but if you can adapt you will love it. It mixes genres constantly. This book is for the person who loves books... all genres... and is comfortable reading high brow literature along with a paperback bestseller or silly romance. It's fun, it doesn't discriminate.
I'd definitely listen to this book a second time. It is such a fun and crazy book.
I found that I had to leave some expectations at the door with this novel. Jasper Fforde has truly created an alternate reality. This means that absolutely anything can happen which did keep me on the edge of my seat.
This was my first audiobook narrated by Susan Duerdan and I just loved her narration. She is now my favorite narrator and I'll be looking for more books narrated by her.
Yes I would! Its a fun red and I like the author use of language
The why is a raven like a writing desk answers. You'll just have to read to find out what I'm talking about.
Thursday's dad, he is always stopping time & I'd like to ask him about what he sees.