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One of Our Thursdays is Missing Audiobook

One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

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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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    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............

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    Paul L. Sungenis East Vineland, NJ USA 03-24-11
    Paul L. Sungenis East Vineland, NJ USA 03-24-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely disappointing."

    Not really a "Thursday Next" book at all, but the continuing adventures of "Thursday Five" as she was called in "First Among Sequels." None of the "Outland" characters seem to be in the book, JurisFiction is all but nonexistent, and the newly rearranged BookWorld is just plain sad.

    It's annoying that Fforde wasted his time on this while he could have been finally writing the third Nursery Chryme or the next Shades of Grey.

    Skip this one and I doubt you'll regret it.

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    MichelePriamos 11-14-17
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    "Great - but you need to "get" the premise!"

    So this is a whole different universe - there is Book World and the regular world. In the regular world, Thursday Next is "on vacation" and no one can find her! In the BookWorld, the Council of Genres asks the fictional Thursday Next to step into all of the "real" Thursday's jobs! It was a VERY fun ride. I'd absolutely use this as an intro into the world of Thursday Next. “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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    Ryan Davis 10-16-17
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    "Always a fan of Jasper Fforde"

    Always a fan of Jasper Fforde. Emily Grey had a habit of using the same voice cadence for several characters, but overall her performance was wonderful.

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    AngieAngleways London, England by way of the good ol' USA 08-24-17
    AngieAngleways London, England by way of the good ol' USA 08-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "perfectly excellent I recommend the entire litera"

    perfectly excellent I recommend the entire literary book series

    These are some of my favorite

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    Sandra Bell FRAMINGHAM, MA, US 05-30-17
    Sandra Bell FRAMINGHAM, MA, US 05-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "different!"

    it took me a while to get into this but when I finally did I loved it.

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    Rgjenks 04-12-17
    Rgjenks 04-12-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Returned it!"

    Not my style. Very unusual story line. Seems like something you would love or hate.

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    carina 04-08-17
    carina 04-08-17 Member Since 2010
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    Could'n follow this story. What am I missing? Is there a previous book?
    I will return it.

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    Milton Carl 03-30-17
    Milton Carl 03-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Delightful"

    Imagine a marvelous librarian tells you a story that reminds you of Kilgore Trout, Hitchiker's Guide, Alice Through The Looking Glass and some Phantom Tollbooth thrown in. It kept me up late. Now I have to read them all. I wonder if this one would make more sense if I had begun at the beginning.

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    Dave P. 12-22-16
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    "Love the far out concepts"

    Jasper Fforde is brilliant at conjuring up concepts about genres vs genres and genres vs real life. Thinking that the unread characters from books go wild seeking characters so they could "suck the reading light out of them." Too funny.

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