Something Rotten

Thursday Next, Book 4
Narrated by: Emily Gray
Series: Thursday Next Novels, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Awesome book but a bit too much voice acting

The story is wonderful but i felt the reader was overacting the roles a bit.

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  • Charlie
  • 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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  • Cousin Chris
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sue
  • 07-03-16

Bring back Gabrille Kruger

The first three books of the series were narrated by Gabrielle and were excellent. Unfortunately the reader of this volume was not as good . Apart from the very peculiar pronunciation of the word Minotaur.....in all my years of studying myths I've never heard it pronounced the way she does, her voicing of the characters completely changes they way they appear to be and to be honest there are too many effeminate men in her version to make the book enjoyable. I will continue to listen to the books because they are fantastic but will not find them as enjoyable with this reader.

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  • Keithj
  • 09-08-19

The jokes are wearing thin.

The jokes are starting to get stale and the narrator, different to previous books, doesn't do it any favours.

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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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  • Sally
  • 11-14-19

Story great - But WHY change the narrator??

Just like when buying books and one book in the series has a cover that doesn't match, this series of audio books has one book read by a different narrator. Why?? The story was great, many different plot arcs that all came together in the end, for the kind of finish that means you can't get out of the car until it's over. But the narrator seriously impacted my enjoyment. She pronounced words and names differently than Kruger (her predecessor) which was really annoying, and I disliked her voices for the characters. Her pacing was also a little odd at times with weird sentence flow. I found myself just reading to get through it - at the same time as enjoying the story - just so I could get to the next book that has Kruger narrating again.

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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.

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  • Fiona Thurn
  • 09-10-19

Surprisingly emotional

This installment in the Thursday Next story surprised me. it's got some very tough moments in it, and a lot of heart. It's still also whacky and hilarious, but a bit deeper, more mature than the earlier installments. Keep a hanky handy.