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When It's a Jar Audiobook

When It's a Jar

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Publisher's Summary

Maurice has just killed a dragon with a breadknife. And had his destiny foretold...and had his true love spirited away. That's precisely the sort of stuff that'd bring out the latent heroism in anyone. Unfortunately, Maurice is pretty sure he hasn't got any latent heroism.

Meanwhile, a man wakes up in a jar in a different kind of pickle (figuratively speaking). He can't get out, of course, but neither can he remember his name, or what gravity is, or what those things on the ends on his legs are called...and every time he starts working it all out, someone makes him forget again. Forget everything. Only one thing might help him. The answer to the most baffling question of all. When Is A Door Not A Door?

An absurdly witty novel of alternate universes and very unlikely heroes from one of Britain's best-loved comic writers - perfect for fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett

©2013 One Reluctant Lemming Co. Ltd (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Rosemary White 04/01/2014
    Rosemary White 04/01/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Something for insomniacs."

    Sadly this book drones on and on and is not helped by the narrator's annoying voice characterisations. You could doze off halfway though and not notice the gap in the story.

    The book before this, "Doughnut", was not as good as its predecessors and in this book references are made to it, previous stories and said doughnuts and their function, but I think Tom Holt could rejig his usually startling imagination.

    His ironic style is still in evidence and there are some wonderful one-liners, but the story moves so very slowly, like a tired snail attempting to scale the summit of a cell-phone repeater tower when the drizzle fades leaving the gastropod stuck halfway up, the clouds are evaporating, the dehydrating summer sun is beginning to beat down and it thinks to itself (in Ray Sawyer's annoying nasal twang) "I should have listened to my gran when she said "You are no Edmund Hillary, don't do it even if it IS there!", (actually my snail is more interesting than the wretched "hero" of Tom's book!).

    I first encountered Tom Holt when I bought "Of Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Sausages" then "The Portable Door", I found both highly entertaining, original and worth recommending. "Barking"and "In Your Dreams" were quite good too.

    Unfortunately this book is neither original nor entertaining and I shall "return" it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Haydn 27/05/2014
    Haydn 27/05/2014 Member Since 2016
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    What did you like most about When It's a Jar?

    Its a continuation of the You Space story and very Holt, especially how believable the paralel worlds are.


    Would you recommend When It's a Jar to your friends? Why or why not?

    Very Holt and full of believable twists but a bit complex, looses its way a little and misses the humour of other Holt work which I would recommend first.


    What three words best describe Ray Sawyer’s voice?

    Clear. Good characterization.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Discworld meets our world.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I read it and a big Holt fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Leicester, United Kingdom 05/01/2014
    John Leicester, United Kingdom 05/01/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent narration, dis-jointed story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not one of Mr Holt's best but listenable to all the same. Why choose this book for Audible i don't know, he's wrote better. The narration however is superb. Characters come to life in Ray Sawyer's narrative.
    Putting a new spin on an old joke is clever, but you have to listen to the story carefully, otherwise you tend to lose track of what's going on where and what's happening to whom, hence being slightly dis-jointed.
    Please give us more of the Holt/Sawyer partnership, but choose more carefully next time.
    (J W Wells series as an example. Superb books and narration).


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The clever spin on the old joke.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Sawyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    All of Ray Sawyers narrations are excellent. Modulation is very effective.


    Did When It's a Jar inspire you to do anything?

    Only to keep checking for new Holt/Sawyer books.


    Any additional comments?

    Please can we have more of Mr Holt's works, or is Mr Robert Rankin taking over the microphones and won't let anybody else have a go. (joke). Have all his book also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 20/05/2016

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    "As good as expected"

    You do need to concentrate to remember who is whete. But well worth it

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    lindz brewer 09/08/2015
    lindz brewer 09/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome"

    The problem with Tom Holt's books is once you have finished listening to it your desperate for more even though it's 3am cats yowling for food and your mental to go to work in a couple of hours. !
    can't recommend enough yawn

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    Martyn. R. Winters Cardiff UK 30/04/2015
    Martyn. R. Winters Cardiff UK 30/04/2015 Member Since 2011

    A reader of science fiction and other speculative musings for more than 40 years, I'm most fond of the grand themes found in space opera.

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    "Funnier than just about anything"

    Imagine a 4x4 driver whizzing into a carpark at their usual high speed. They collide with something solid and immovable, spilling their skinny latte all over their iPhone 6. This novel is even funnier than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Malvik london, uk 06/01/2014
    S. Malvik london, uk 06/01/2014 Member Since 2014

    solveigmalvik

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    "trying too hard"
    Would you try another book written by Tom Holt or narrated by Ray Sawyer?

    Maybe by the narrator, but probably not by Tom Holt


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Holt again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was great, no issues with him


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book tried too hard to be funny, in the end ended up disjointed, not funny and not really making sense. I love Douglas Adams, I love Terry Pratchett, I love Haruki Murakami, all disjointed books that challenge reality, but they succeed. This book - horrible.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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