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Early Riser

Narrated by: Thomas Hunt
Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
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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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A fantastic thought-experiment adventure

This story does not disappoint! Jasper Fforde has crafted an intelligent and thrilling read. The concept underpinning the plot is a fantastic one but I was delighted to find how much I warmed to characters and wanted to hear what happened next. It is well-read and paced too. Sad to end it x

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Classic Fforde

There are certain authors whose work I will jump on as soon as I can. Fforde's books have been amongst these since I first sunk my teeth into The Eyre Affair. This, a standalone novel is exactly what you would expect; a surreal journey through a Welsh world where people spend the winter months hibernating. Mixing the audiobook with the Kindle version was seamless, but I did find myself getting confused at various points and having to reread sections. I don't listen to audiobooks a great deal, so this might just have been my wandering mind. Overall I did really enjoy this story, and the rabbit hole it takes us down.

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genius

loved it!! jasper fforde never disappoints! keeps you guessing till the end, the play with time shifts is impressive, considering it all takes place in only 3 or 4 days,

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thoughtful

will be starting again from the beginning! so many interesting concepts that turn our reality on its head, but remain recognisable. more in keeping with shades of gray than the Thursday books. more preferable in my opinion.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.