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 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.
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!
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 !!
This is a really strange tale, but lots of fun and very enjoyable, a bit long in parts, but only on certain scenes, that said there are little in the way of dull parts. I hung on every word. I would certainly try another Tom Holt book. Well read.
I normally like Tom Holt, but was really disappointed in underlying structure of this story. I felt the narrator may not have been the best choice generally for this author as I found him hard work to listen.
The quality of this book wasn't great either. Felt the Mic was to far away from from the reader or it was just a poor recording.
I love Tom Holt. His weird mind has produced 4 of my top ten books. Unfortunately this just isn't as good. I hope this just a blip. I await his next a little less enthusiastically.
One of the best!!
Gogherty-the answer was always almost in his grasp!!
The Drycleaners leaving their house!!
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