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.
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.
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.
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.