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Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world.

Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen from his state of eradication at the hands of the Chronoguard.

It’s not going to be easy. Thursday’s former colleagues at the department of Literary Detectives want her to investigate a spate of cloned Shakespeares, the Goliath Corporation are planning to switch to a new Faith based corporate management system and the Neanderthals feel she might be the Chosen One who will lead them to genetic self-determination.

With help from Hamlet, her uncle and time-travelling father, Thursday faces the toughest adventure of her career. Where is the missing President-for-life George Formby? Why is it imperative for the Swindon Mallets to win the World Croquet League final? And why is it so difficult to find reliable childcare?

©2004 Jasper Fforde (P)2004 Recorded Books

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  • Charles
  • 03-10-15

Thursday Next, complete at last!

As the titla says, at last we can listen to the complete Thursday Next series. For ages I've had books 1 to 3 & held off from getting book 6, seeing how this and book 5 (First Among Sequels) have not been available. This was particularly galling as the series is really two "four-book" sets where the storylines in books 1 to 4 come to a full conclusion in this book, wrapping up certain character arcs that I won't divulge here in case of ruining the story.

We have a different narrator for this book (Emily Gray as opposed to Gabrielle Kruger who did books 1 to 3). I was a bit unsure about her narration to begin with, and her "male" voices can be a bit archetypal at times. Still, I had no problem with knowing who was speaking, and soon I had forgotten the transition to a new narrator (kind of like a Doctor regenerating in Dr Who, or a new James Bond taking over in a way). One thing I *did* find a tiny bit annoying was that the second part of the character name "Schitt-Hause" was pronounced "hawse" when I am fairly certain the idea was for it to be "house" as a continuation of the puns that Jasper Fforde had put in for this family in the earlier books.

The concept of the "footnoter-phone" comments was a little hard to translate into a linear narration, but the editors seemed to have come up with a reasonable way of doing this without ruining the flow.

Overall the story cracks along like the earlier books, and rounds off the first set of Thursday Next stories nicely. Emily Gray did a good job, and I thoroughly recommend this (but read/listen to the first three books first!)

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  • CAGE
  • 07-19-18

Something good

Where does Jasper get these ideas?
A book packed with impossible story lines, improbable characters and set in an imaginative world.
What could be better?

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  • Andy
  • 04-20-18

Good plot and nice finish

another great one in the series, keeps you guessing throughout and really enjoyable! definitely recommend

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  • Steph H
  • 03-24-18

Enjoyable chapter in series

I did think the story was good in this book and thought it was well paced with a lot of interesting twists and turns going on.

My biggest disappointment was that the reader wasn't Gabrielle Kruger like the first three books in this series. I really like her voice and thought it was a shame that she hadnt read this one. Emily Gray was ok, but her voice just wasn't Thursday for me and her voice for Landon was just awful.

I do love seeing how various literary characters are written in this series, and I must admit that whenever I read about them in their 'original' story, the way they are portrayed in this series influences how I imagine them. Certainly makes for interesting reading.

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  • Cherry Rogers
  • 03-24-18

Something Rotten, an excellent read.

An excellent read. Really cleverly written. The best book so far in the series. Funny, sad and happy!

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  • Christopher
  • 03-17-18

Why change narrator half way through a series?

I love the series, but why start with one narrator for books 1 - 3, change narrator for books 4 and 5 then back again for 6 and 7. Emily Gray has a lovely voice, but doesn't pronounce the character names the way I read them like Gabrielle Kruger does.

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  • S
  • 01-29-18

5 star magic

This book is one of jasper ffords greatest triumph (in my opinion).
This book has it all!!!! Classic misdirection, clever plot twists, a moving story and an amazing end 🤩

🧐😏😥😆

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-17

Growing to love these novels

I am hooked on these stories, the reference to literary works and the characters is inspired. Great sense of humour. I want a Dodo as a pet too!

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  • d t
  • 04-06-17

Great end to the series

Rounds up all the questions posed throughout the series.
Well read, though i did prefer the other reader earlier on with the more intimate smiley tone. Pleased i bought it

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  • mark
  • 10-09-16

The best Thursday Next story yet!

Despite the fact that I have read the Thursday next stories in completely the wrong order, I do really like the world and characters Jasper Forde has created, and I think this is the best Thursday Next story so far.
Maybe it's slightly less funny that others in the series, it has a bit more drama and pathos in it, particularly the scenes involving the chimera's and Thursday at her own deathbed are really very sad.
Yes i know everyone is present at their own death bed, but this is Thursday Next so there are two of her. Confused? Read the story, it all makes sense in the end.
I have just one problem with this audio book and it's more of a problem with me than of the book. By sheer chance all of the Thursday Next audio books I've read have been narrated by Gabrielle Kruger and so she, to me, is Thursday Next. Emily Gray does a good job and she sounds a lot like Gabrielle Kruger, but she isn't Gabrielle Kruger and so for the first few chapters I was thinking, who is this impostor that has replaced Thursday Next? But I got over this and learned to live with it, but I still think Gabrielle Kruger is the authoritative Thursday Next.

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  • Emma Fox
  • 09-19-18

fantastic ride

New narrator takes some getting used to, but one that had leveled out it was the usual riveting ride.