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Shades of Grey Audiobook

Shades of Grey

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Publisher's Summary

"Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane - a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

For Eddie, it's love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey . . .If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey."

©2010 Jasper Fforde (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Judith Brisbane, Australia 03-22-12
    Judith Brisbane, Australia 03-22-12

    Hopeless Classicophile and devoted Italophile

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    "You have to read it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is fantastic and adds a dimension to the story beyond the depths of my imagination - and that's deep!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is so very clever. Simple on the surface, but with complex layers like the colour spectrum he uses as the premise of his story. Jasper has done a great job - again... and, if possible, I think better than his Thursday Next novels.


    What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    His voice and narration is charming, dynamic and extremely clever particularly given the demands of the story line and the number of characters. Wonderful. I'd listen to him talk about weeding the garden.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shades of Grey and why?

    Eddie Russet has to be the most memorable, both for his character development by Jasper through the story and his character portrayal by Gareth. Hard to pick though because Jane is very close.


    Any additional comments?

    I think if people don't read this book they have missed a brilliant story by an clever author at the top of his game. I'm giving it to friends as a gifts just to spread the love. Thanks Jasper. Marvellous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Agnese 03-15-15
    Agnese 03-15-15
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    "My fav on Audible"

    So lovely pronunciation.
    I would listen to this again and again.
    I hate the world because it made famous 50 shades of grey instead of Shades of grey. So so horrible world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jess Kangaroo Point, Australia 01-21-13
    Jess Kangaroo Point, Australia 01-21-13
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    "As Jasper himself would have read it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    I like them both, but the audio version really did bring the book to life. I especially enjoyed all the different voices by Gareth Armstrong.


    What other book might you compare Shades of Grey to and why?

    The Eyre Affair and The Big Over Easy by the same author. He takes you to a completely different place with each novel, and keeps it going at a rollicking pace, making it a good, fun read.


    What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    He was spot on with all the voices, adding a little venom here, a little uncertainty there, and was an absolute pleasure to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Perception is everything,


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this highly enough - it was a wonderful thing to listen to in the car (I put it on my iPhone and listened through the car speakers), and highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Veronica
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    1/23/12
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    "Surreal, Crazy - and wonderful"

    If you haven't discovered Jasper Fforde yet then now's the time to start listening. Although it took me a while to get used to the voice of the narrator the quality of the writing and ease of the delivery soon had me hooked.
    This story - like most of Fforde's books- is almost impossible to explain and if it sounds crazy, that’s because it is – Don’t be put off – go with it and you will not be disappointed!
    Born into a society in which any colour is jealously hoarded and marrying 'down spectrum' is frowned upon, Eddie Russet (a Red) does not look destined for success...Sent to East Carmine to conduct a chair census (a punishment for trying to improve Queuing) Eddie has soon fallen for a 'Grey' girl who seems more likely to do him serious, and potentially life threatening, injury than to agree to marry, or even date him. This proves to be the least of Eddie's worries however, as he soon discovers that a tendency towards curiosity does not improve one's chances of survival - particularly when many so members of the community seem keen to hasten his demise.
    Why is making spoons forbidden? Where do people really end up after 'Reboot'? Can Eddie find enough Loganberry jam to persuade the Apocryphal man to tell him the truth about the 'Something that happened' - and - the most important question of all - can he survive long enough to find out?...
    Mad, funny, and brilliantly crafted, the only warning I will leave you with is that it leaves you desperate to listen to the sequel…

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kazza
    12/2/15
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    "I hope there is a sequel"

    An interesting view of the future and a different take on a class system. As usual, Jasper Fforde delivers a story that is off the wall. I didn’t want to stop listening to this and Gareth Armstrong’s narration certainly helps. I really hope there is a sequel to this as I would love to know how things progress.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hufty
    9/16/16
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    "One of the best fiction books ever written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Better... no. But it is still very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth with which the story is told, this is a book that can always be re-read / re-listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs c moore
    8/23/16
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    "Total pants"

    I've never listened to such total rhubarb ! Total waste of a credit. I do not recommend. 😠

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S Gregory
    7/6/16
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    "Strange but brilliant"

    It took me a while to get into this but when I did I was totally hooked. It is totally unlike anything else I have read or listened to but it is a great story and I look forward to the follow up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheena
    5/27/16
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    "Imaginative"
    What did you like best about Shades of Grey? What did you like least?

    The world Fforde creates is original and imaginative, a kind of Brave New World on acid.

    The thing I liked least about the novel was the character of Jane, she's the kind of overly-violent love interest that a 12-year-old might think was cool. I got tired of the isn't-it-so-cute-when-girls-punch-you motif, especially as it is repeated so often.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jasper Fforde? Why or why not?

    Probably not. While I think he has a great imagination, the book just had something missing - it's hard to define what, exactly. I didn't really feel that the book said anything new about oppressive societies, and again, I found the character of Jane really off-putting.


    What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    I found his voice pleasant and clear.


    Did Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent When
    5/16/16
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    "Excellent book"

    It made me laugh, it made me cry. A comedy with a dark undertone and a gripping story. Full of clever twists. Excellent reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    11/7/15
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    "Fantastic"

    Another brilliant story from the amazing mind of Jasper Fforde.

    Brilliantly read too.

    I couldn't leave it alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PFD
    7/30/15
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    "Utterly Brilliant"

    Loved the Arthur Dentish narration style and once (like Eddie the hero of the story) I relaxed and went with the flow, it became a captivating read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Philippa Dolphin
    england
    7/22/15
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    "Fab story"

    Wish he'd hurry up and publish book 2 of the series! This one sets the future up so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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