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
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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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.
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.
Still a Jasper Fforde novel. Gives you an alternate view of the world.
The stories prospective on reality and literature.
It was easy to listen to but she had trouble the range of characters especially the flat tone of a robot.
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'.
No. She was fine.
The aftermath ending didn't need to be there, I thought.
Brave author, which I appreciate. Perhaps it was just over my head.
ths story line is good
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.
Loved the voice and rhythm of the performance otherwise.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
book lovers dream
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
She really got into the different characters, very entertaining
Adventures in the world of books
Since we are all in a book club I assume we like books if you like books you'll like this.
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.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
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.
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