This book never clicked with me, mostly because the reading left me cold. It's not just a case of the accent or voice, but the delivery seems flat and the story wasn't compelling enough to rescue it.
From the minute Elizabeth Sastre takes off describing the world of Thursday Next, Literatec, you're off on a fascinating jaunt into a world jumbled with memories of distant English lit classes, bold characterizations, and imaginative story-telling. Ms. Sastre imparts the perfect tone, light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek without being too cute. Her reading led me to listen (and enjoy) the other titles in the series.
This is an example of the perfect match between narrator and spoken word. The tension and intrigue is there from the minute the book gets underway and I look forward to hearing more from both the author and narrator.
Those looking for the more lighthearted writing of McCall Smith (Mma Ramotswe series, et al) might be surprised by the relatively dark tone of these short stories. Note, they're also frankly sexual in tone, usually dealing with failures and unhappiness, with a few exceptions.
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