I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
I'm still mourning the late great Douglas Adams, so discovering Jasper Fforde was a gift ... a writer nearly as deliciously daft in a different way. This IS a compliment, trust me. I have loved the whole series and wait with bated breath in the hope that there will be another one. Although my favorite is still "First Among Sequels," this is now my almost as favorite. Parts of it are so funny and so witty that I kept listening to them over and over again. There is a scene with Raskolnikov from "Crime and Punishment" that may be amongst the funniest literary pieces I've ever read and I am a voracious reader. This is really really good. The reader is good, the author is wonderful, the story is a delight from beginning to end. I listened to the book twice in a row, then again after a couple of weeks and once more, just for icing. I'll probably listen to it again. I've also read it in print. I can't recommend it highly enough.
The reviews seem divided between those who didn't like the narrator and those who love everything Jasper Fforde. Am I the only one who's wondering what happened to the writing? As I read the book I kept wondering what happened to the characteristic humor, the fast pace, the glib quips, the staggeringly inventive characters and the tight knit story that are the hallmarks of a Fforde novel.
In addition, there are continuity problems and dragged out descriptions. Since when do book characters need hours to adjust to being in the real world? Since when do they become human if they stay in the real world too long?
One of our Thursdays is certainly missing...from the pages of this book. Major bummer.
I’ve been a fan of the Thursday Next series since reading The Eyre Affair on my honeymoon 8 years ago. When I heard about the new one, I debated whether to use my monthly Audible credit or check it out from the library.
The reviews convinced me to buy it. Particularly, the reviews complaining that this book, and I quote, “isn’t about the REAL Thursday, it’s about the WRITTEN Thursday.” These reviews are so perfect that I almost suspect that Jasper Fforde himself wrote them, except that the reviewers seem unaware of how clever their reviews are, while Fforde is ever aware of how clever he is. And since smugly self-aware cleverness is my medium of choice, I snapped up the book. I was not disappointed.
Emily Gray is a decent narrator, but some of her characterizations are off, especially on the male characters. But the book itself is a delightfully clever addition to the Thursday Next saga.
narrative difficult to follow, boring narrator, couldn't get past the first 5 chapters. Such a disappointment after a fun romp through The Eyre Affair.