Polly, an average, completely ordinary property lawyer, is convinced she's losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner's to pick up her dress for the party, it's not there. Not the dress - the dry cleaner's. And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on - and it's going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.
©2011 Tom Holt (P)2011 Hachette Digital
"Clever, funny, tirelessly inventive ...Tom Holt maybe the most imaginative satirist to land on our shores since Douglas Adams." (Christopher Moore)
"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags." (The Guardian)
This is the 4th or 5th title of Tom Holt's that I've had the pleasure of experiencing but the first I've had as an audiobook. Either way it's another excellent story where even the plainest of characters have the most adventures and you are kept guessing and wondering until the end of the book where the mysteries are revealed in the most inventive and amusing of ways.
While listening to this one, i was asked about the story and anyone who hadn't read one of these before looked at me in complete bewilderment as i spoke of pigs and chickens and things that seemed downright silly. To anyone who has read any in his collection however it's only expected that the weird and wonderful will certainly come to life.
I enjoyed Ray Sawyer's narration and interpretation of each character, this defiantly helped in building a picture of each of them individually and aiding the escapism which is always something i crave in books, paper or audio.
Having read a few of Holt's books prior to downloading this, I was pleased to be able to hear that characters from other titles were still involved in 'the Trade'.
This is a book which can be enjoyed by anyone whether you've experienced Holt before or not, you must be willing however to open your mind to magic, mystery and farm animals that have more sense than perhaps you first thought!
This is the first Tom Holt book I have listened to and I couldn't put it down.Well drawn characters in extraordinary situations, entertaining and funny, it's for those who like something completely different. If you like Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman you may enjoy this.
I grew up in Qatar, which is a small middle-eastern country. I have an odd worldveiw, largely because of that, but I'm basically a hard-work
very metaphysical, playing with time and space to make a very British comedy. not the best work of fiction, but idle fun.
I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.
Th story is very funny. I don't think I've laughed so much in a long time. The naration is top class and that makes the story even more amusing. What I disliked about the overall construction of the book is the appalling grammar. At school in my day we'd have been marked down for excessive repitition or misuse of grammar. the word 'said' appears in the book far too often for my taste. I would recommend this book to any lovers of the Terry Pratchet novels. It really is very very funny
Siouxiebloo... I am a total & utter bookworm, reading Chicklit through to Classics & am always looking out for any up & coming new writers!
Purchased this book on a whim as it would not fall under any of the genres I would normally be interested in, but am so glad I did as it kept me intrigued & keen to see what happened next!
The choice of narrator was spot on as he played the parts of both female & male so well,& injected each persons part with their own individual character & when humour showed its face from time to time he brought that too the fore...
I have never read any of this writers books before but look forward to doing so again!
I loved how the plot developed. Holt has an amazing talent for mixing the weird with the everyday. And when you think things couldn't get any more strange, they invariably do. I'm not sure exactly how satisfied I am with the plot resolution. It seems to make sense as long as you dont examine it too closely, but with the amount of crazy unexplained stuff in this book, I can forgive it for being a little hazy in its explanation.
Holt's style is similar to Douglas Adams. It has the drab every day british people in extremely unusual circumstances and it backs its sci-fi "science" up with pretty sound in world logic. Also not too dissimilar from Pratchett in that respect.
My favourite parts of the book were the numerous 'twists' - real "what the heck am I listening to?" moments where things just get an order of magnitude weirder.
I really liked the opening chapter with the pig. Very well written and I love the logic of a highly intelligent being with a limited perspective, almost, but not quite, getting to the truth.
Ray Sawyer brings this book to life. Its more of a 13 hour radio play than an audiobook. So often I hear narrators clearly get the intonation wrong on some of their lines (understandable when they're in a studio all day for days at a time) but Sawyer nails every character and line (despite not really being able to do a welsh accent!).
I love fantasy, scifi, historical fact and fiction and some horror
They way Mr Holt wove together quantum science, time travel and philosophy together,is a gift that I wish I had.
I loved the sow especially her faith that all her piglets were in good places in life. A believe that paid out like a winning lottery ticket.
Yes I wanted to listen to it in one sitting and enjoyed every micro second of it
I am still not sure the chicken and egg issue was answered
Yes, it's a bit weird but if you like that sort of thing you will love this.
The chickens - don't ask !!
Life to the characters.
What came first !!
You need to listen to the book to understand a few of the comments !!
One of the best!!
Gogherty-the answer was always almost in his grasp!!
The Drycleaners leaving their house!!
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