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Early Riser

Narrated by: Thomas Hunt
Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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Summary

Jasper Fforde's first stand-alone novel - full of the imagination, wit and intelligence that has made Fforde a number one best seller.

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. 

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness and devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing, and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense - nothing more than a quirky artefact born of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it's weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren't eaten by Nightwalkers, whose thirst for human flesh can be satisfied only by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.

But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine. 

©2018 Jasper Fforde (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Turned into a marathon.

I started losing interest. Possibly a good premise but just too long winded for me.

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Brilliant, amusing and though inducing

A other fantastic story from Fford. Set in a Welsh soverinty that experiences ice age like winters with residents who hibernate.
Who stays up to look after them? What happens to those who dream?

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A bit baffling

There’s a really great story in here somewhere, I just didn’t quite find it. Convoluted, meandering, a bit directionless. It was almost impossible to keep track of characters and plot, but somehow there was still something that kept me listening. I think what kept it going for me was in fact the narrator, who is terrific, better I think than his material. All credit to his storytelling ability.

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More good work from the king of Dystopia

Really good book, really enjoyed it! Now come on and write Shades of Grey 2!!!!!

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very entertaining story

very entertaining story well read and funny too ... definitely worth a listen i suggest

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not what I expected from Fforde

having read all of Fforde's books so far and loved every one, I was really excited to discover one that I'd missed from last year.
I'm probably being harsh, and the plot was ok, and it had a good concept, but I was expecting the usual Fforde jokes and references.
Now, perhaps the jokes were there, but all hidden in the depths of Welsh in-jokes, but I certainly missed the joy I normally get from reading Fforde's books.
I wouldn't say to miss this one, but just don't have the high expectations I had.

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Great listen

Like all his books,a great story at the heart of it. Well done JF keep up the good work k.

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  • James
  • East Sussex, UK
  • 24-08-19

Outstanding

Reminded me of his other stand-out book, Shades of Grey. I really hope he gets round to writing the sequel to that one day. It's supposed to be a trilogy.

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  • Vicky
  • Norwich, United Kingdom
  • 26-05-19

I love this book!

I’m a big fan of all of JF’s books, and this one is no different. It bears no comparison in style to the other series (maybe a hint of the Shades series), but like all of his other books it’s superbly written.

The narrator was great and his delivery was compelling. I was put in mind of (the also wonderful) Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere at times due to the narrator’s style as well as the twist on reality that both books do.

Basically I had to put everything else on hold until I finished it - it’s one of those kind of books!

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Fan of Jasper Ford

I think this was a great addition to Jasper’s writings. As with most of his books, the storyline is unusual and complex (in a good way), great if you want to escape the real world. I look forward to his next book.

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  • A Reader
  • 26-11-18

Not as good as his other books

It's a good story but not as good as Shades of Grey and the Next series

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  • Sleepyhollow
  • 13-08-18

Only drawback - no sequel yet.

As I don't live in the UK and the audiobook was released same day as the hardcover I started listening to it before having the chance to read the book itself and I'm super happy about that because the book would have been finished in a night and this has been my companion for the last 10 days.
The book, as is a most of mr Fforde work, is imaginative, funny and quirky at the same time. It reminds me a little of my favorite book by him "Shades of Grey" as the main character again is a somewhat bewildered youngster with good intentions lost in a dystopian version of Wales. It is however completely different , original and very entertaining.
The narrator is great, with a deep but very clear welsh (?) accent which suites very well to the character of the book.
Highly recommended.