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One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel | [Jasper Fforde]

One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Over the past decade, British novelist Jasper Fforde has established himself as the undisputed master of metafictional suspense stories. Though he is now in the middle of several completely different series of books, the original series of Thursday Next novels continues to be the crown jewel in his career. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing is the sixth book in this series as well as the second book in the sub-series known as BookWorld, a sub-series for which Fforde has said he plans to write two additional books. So this sixth effort is deeply embedded within the mythology and history of the Ffordian universe, but can also stand alone as a less than troublesome listen for those unfamiliar with the previous adventures of Thursday Next.

Emily Gray once again assumes the daunting task of Fforde’s enormous cast of well-known literary characters, and once again proves equal to such a tremendous challenge. Gray also narrated the first book in this sub-series, as well as two other Nextian Fforde novels. At this point, the Real Thursday Next has mostly retired from both literary celebrity and private investigation. When she goes missing, the Written Thursday must step up to take on the Real Thursday’s quirky assortment of obligations, from peace talks between Comedy and Romance genres to side-stepping the agents of mega-corporation Goliath, as well as quietly launch the investigation to find the Real Thursday. Only the Written Thursday is of course not as quick-witted and savvy as the Real Thursday, and mishaps abound.

The acrobatic narration required for this most recent installment is a feat that Gray accomplishes with remarkable dexterity and precision. Fforde’s broadly wicked sense of humor is not lost whatsoever in the telling, and Gray deftly lands his volley of intelligent punch lines with a loving familiarity that neither resorts to the cheesy nor beats a dead horse. Also worth paying special attention to is her interpretation of the Written Thursday’s new sidekick, Sprocket, an obsolete mechanical man who serves as her butler when they are not busy being on the run from a diverse set of mysterious enemies. Fforde is ultimately trying to address the important matter of what constitutes a happy ending, and uses all his beloved old tricks to sort out the answer. Emily Gray fortunately keeps pace with him every thrilling step of the way. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

©2011 Jasper Fforde (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Dana Purcellville, VA, United States 04-04-11
    Dana Purcellville, VA, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't get enough"

    I love this series and I love everything by Fforde! It makes me laugh and it's honestly too bad the rest of my family just doesn't get it :) Great read - good twists and I can't wait for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-31-11
    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "As always Jasper Fforde weaves a fantastic story"

    Bravo!!! I have loved this series from first word to last. Although this book has taken a significant turn the characters are fantastic and the plot line is riveting. I have not ever read a series I like so much and that keeps me smiling or outright laughing at all of the literary references. It makes you believe that a real "book world" must exist or how else would authors actually come up with plot lines!

    We find ourselves in the next generation of Thursday Next novels. I can not wait for the "Next" installment!

    The only thing I really missed this time around was the cheshire cat - he is always one of my favorite characters............

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. C. Ebsen Stagecoach, NV United States 05-21-13
    N. C. Ebsen Stagecoach, NV United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Delightfuly Absurd"
    Where does One of Our Thursdays is Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one ranks in my top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Absurd and creative wordplay, I had to buy the Kindle version to see for myself all of the jokes.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Gray – was your favorite?

    Sprocket was my favorite. He just truly sounds like a Cog Based Butler should.


    Who was the most memorable character of One of Our Thursdays is Missing and why?

    Thursday Next is the most memorable, since I already knew her, followed by Sprocket.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of alternate reality fiction. The Eyre Affair was quite a thriller, and just enough "öff" for my tastes. I spottted Missing and got it even though it is out of sequence. I often laughed out loud, and thoroughly enjoyed every second of this one.Emily Gray brings all of the characters to life, I think perfectly.

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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 02-03-13
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "But what about the kittens?"

    A number of people were disappointed with this but I prefer to think Fforde was just exploring some inevitable possibilities. After all, he had completed a glorious 5-novel story arc and set up no end of intriguing questions about the book world. These questions had to be addressed. And the key question is what does it all look like from the written-Thursday's point of view?

    Admittedly, it's not my favorite book in the series. From a narrative perspective, large chunks of it feel maddeningly slow. But narrative pace has never been the prime attraction of this series for me. It's all about the inventiveness of the ideas and the quirky book references. And in this regard, Fforde does not disappoint.

    Things pick up a bit as the book progresses. The "written characters" become more interesting as they are forced to grow as characters. I suppose "character development" was another book problem Fforde was interested in exploring.

    There's even a scene that is genuinely touching where written-Thursday meets real-Thursday's family.

    But the kittens? Well, for that you'll just have to read the book. And I didn't even mention the puppies...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Smith Cleveland, Ohio, US 12-02-12
    Jim Smith Cleveland, Ohio, US 12-02-12 Member Since 2005

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    "First Fforde book I ever quit on..."

    Sorry, I just could not finish it. First, the story was flat. I read all the prior volumes of Tuesday Next novels in hard copy, and cannot imagine how a narrator could have messed those up. But this one? The narrator has nothing to work with! Plus, she is dreadfully slow. I had to put it on 2.0X speed just to avoid falling asleep at the wheel. I finished the book about halfway through before realizing that nothing was going to get better.

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    Howard R. Green Jr. Boston, MA 11-06-12
    Howard R. Green Jr. Boston, MA 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it!"

    Emily is again terrific as Thursday and others. There are lots of odd empty spaces in the overall narration that have nothing to do with her performance. Someone needs to go through this one again and take out all the empty spaces. Otherwise a ripping yarn and totally fun.

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    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 09-15-12
    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A slight deversion from Thursday"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Still a Jasper Fforde novel. Gives you an alternate view of the world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories prospective on reality and literature.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to listen to but she had trouble the range of characters especially the flat tone of a robot.


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    Ron Canada 09-10-12
    Ron Canada 09-10-12
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    "Creative and Surreal"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had read all the books he alluded to in the story line, it would have made more sense. I lost track a few times because of these references where I had to stop and try to figure out the meaning. I really liked the concept, but I wasn't aware of what I was getting into, so it took a while to 'get it'.


    What was most disappointing about Jasper Fforde’s story?

    See above


    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. She was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from One of Our Thursdays is Missing?

    The aftermath ending didn't need to be there, I thought.


    Any additional comments?

    Brave author, which I appreciate. Perhaps it was just over my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celia Bassett, VA, United States 07-07-12
    Celia Bassett, VA, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hhmmm"
    What did you love best about One of Our Thursdays is Missing?

    ths story line is good


    What aspect of Emily Gray’s performance would you have changed?

    the ................pauses. I'm not sure whether they were technical or in the performance. I kept checking to see if i needed to charge my MP3 the pauses were so long between chapters and at other points.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the voice and rhythm of the performance otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 06-29-12
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    "bookworld is great for book enthusiast"
    If you could sum up One of Our Thursdays is Missing in three words, what would they be?

    book lovers dream


    What other book might you compare One of Our Thursdays is Missing to and why?

    You can't really compare it to anything or compare it to everything it takes place in book world and covers every genre of books


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    She really got into the different characters, very entertaining


    If you could rename One of Our Thursdays is Missing, what would you call it?

    Adventures in the world of books


    Any additional comments?

    Since we are all in a book club I assume we like books if you like books you'll like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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