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.
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 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 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 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.
What could a first book do but be a phenomenal introduction to the second. Journey with Thursday as she begins her life with SpecOps and as a literagent...
The book itself is such a visual piece of art that it's impressive to have such a successful audible copy. Applause all around
Fforde's books are always hugely tongue-in-cheek. With a razor edge. Susan Duerdan did a magnificent job capturing the absolutely deadpan silliness, and the knife edge. Well done.
Narration was boring and dull. Why are works of literature under so much security? Please explain more clearly. Ending on Jane Eyre was brought up multiple times. Why? A villain who has no motivation to be evil with unreasonable powers. Just is evil and apparently likes killing people. Also make him a lecturer (nudge wink... eyeroll). Better villain please.
Dont know. Back to the search like Galactus, eternally hungry and searching. My search helper, the audible rating system, tries to feed me tasteless stuff.
I think so. The narrator sounded tired and bored.
The going into the book scene, time stop scene, sudden sports car appearance scene etc. etc.
I read this book was not published for a long time. I think it should have stayed that way. I heard about Fforde (extra F mate) from another review that had Forde mentioned in the same sentence as Pratchett and as though their work was similar. This review is dedicated to you Sir. You are a m-word, a t-word, a k-word etc. etc.