I really like this book, having read it a number of years ago. It's a great entertaining and witty story. Gabrielle Kruger does a decent job of the vo..Show More »ices of the characters, although she sometimes seems a bit flat in the descriptive sections.
What really drags down the rating for me are faults on the files themselves. So far I'm about 1/3rd of the way through, and on almost every chapter, you get sections of maybe 10 seconds where the audio skips back & repeats, up to 5 times, then skips forwards over the next sentence or two, ruining the flow. This file NEEDS to be re-mastered. I've only tried the Enhanced format so far, so I'll be trying one of the other file formats to see if this is better. I'm also going to raise this with Customer Support, as it is a major flaw in an otherwise very good book.
Having delved into the realms of jurisfiction through reading one of Fforde's latest novels, I decided to return to its near roots via this audiobook ..Show More »(for those of you who are familiar with Fford's Thursday Next series, time is a relative thing). Whether it was because the bewildering worlds in which the key protagonist, Thursday Next, exists unfold in a pseudo-logical fashion following the earlier 'Eyre Affair' or because the weighty length of the novel transmuted into hours of easy listening, I found the audiobook format for this second novel of the series more captivating than its paperback counterpart (as the child of a librarian, I feel somewhat treacherous typing those words).
The book itself follows Fforde's idiosyncratic, original and captivating first book of the series 'The Eyre Affair' and charts Thursday's attempts to recover her husband, Landen, who has been eradicated by the villainous Goliath Corporation. Moonlighting in jurisfiction, she is apprenticed to Miss Havisham (resurrected from Dickens' Great Expectation, retaining some of her man-hating characteristics but as you've probably never imagined her before, if you've ever taken to imagining literary figures). With a destination of Poe's 'The Raven', Thursday journeys (not without incident) through the courtrooms of Kafka and the well-kept lawns of Austen, encounters Beatrix Potter Bunnies and seemingly uncovers a new play by Shakespeare whilst all the time trying to identify some curious and potentially life-endangering pink slime.
Being a book-lover's book all about books, it seems strange not to delve into the pages, in a Thursday-like fashion, to read Fforde's offering but somehow the audiobook format really works for journeying alongside Thursday. The engaging and amusing flourish of Fforde's pen is met with enthused delivery in Kruger's narration. Just as I couldn't put the book versions of Fforde's work down, so I couldn't stop listening.
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 h..Show More »ow 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!)
felt like I was missing something the whole way through, but it did resolve in the end. As with the previous couple of books, I did find some of the ..Show More »voices a little distracting, but some of the accent were also pretty good! Now where's the next one?!
Quirky, witty, highly confusing to anyone who doesn't relax by untangling string. The performance suffered from occasional, jarring lapses of comprehe..Show More »nsion. Inappropriate inflections inadequately understood sentence structure made this, for me, a very frustrating listen.