There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'.
In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next.
In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.
©2001 Jasper Fforde (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughotn
"What Fforde is pulling is a variation on the classic Monty Python gambit: the incongruous juxtaposition of low comedy and high erudition - this scam has not been pulled off with such off-hand finesse and manic verve since the Pythons shut up shop. The Eyre Affair is a silly book for smart people: postmodernism played as raw, howling farce." (Independant)
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, very funny & extremely well-read novel (wonderful voice acting, with multiple characters and even international accents) . Full to the brim with witty references to the classics of western literature. I can see why it was so highly recommended.
I did kind of like the concepts explored in this book but I did not like the reader or the writing of the book. The comedy seemed forced and did not suit my taste. It might have been a bit different if I had read this book however. The story its self is good.
Love the writing style and humour! Looking forward to read the next book by Fforde.
I've listened to this a bunch of times. A few of the jokes don't translate because they are print based but the rest is great.
And I love the performance. I could listen to her voice all day.
I even like the musical intro!
"Jasper Fforde: An Interesting Read"
The Eyre Affair is a remarkably amusing book that is a testament to the intriguing writing of Jasper Fforde. His writings are akin to those of the literary genius of Terry Pratchett with crazy worlds, mixed up magic and insane parallel universes.
The main character of 'The Eyre Affair' is one Thursday Next, a Literary Detective whose job is to police the literary world and prevent fake or bootleg copies of Literary works from entering the literature market. This book is set on a parallel version of Earth where the Crimean War is still being fought in 1985, cloning kits for animals like Thylacines and Dodos are available over the counter and Literature is the defining interest of the world's population. Thursday Next's life is sent into a dive by an encounter with the demonic Acheron Hades and is sent into a series of events that lead her to love, The Socialist Republic of Wales and the pages of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
I Found the book a highly amusing read and believe that Jasper Fforde's writing is incredibly clever and engaging and it well deserves the epithets of "playfully irreverent", "delightfully daft", "whoppingly imaginative" and "a work of ... startling originality".
"Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read"
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 voices 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.
I gave up on this after only a few chapters, because the narration is just appalling. She speaks too fast, like most amateur readers - nothing compared to proper acting - and reads with all the enthusiasm and personality of a bin liner. You can even hear her gulping as she runs out of oxygen in her race to the end of the chapter. What were they thinking?
Jasper Fforde books are about fun and character. Gabrielle Kruger is apparently not.
Shame, as I like the set up, but can't rate it too highly as I had to give up so early on....
"Made me smile every time I listened."
Amongst the top 5 Audible audiobooks I've listened to so far.
The puns, the jokes, the character names, the little pieces of humour slipped in amongst the paragraphs.
Every scene was enjoyable for its own reason but the ending. ?..well....
This is not an emotional book, not designed to tug at your heart strings.
If you enjoy Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett then this is for you. Fan of Agatha Raisin? This is for you. Enjoy science fiction? Crime novels? This is for you.
"Thursday is my new favourite"
Such a good listen, funny, clever and full of engaging charecters The Eyre Affair was so good that when it finished I wanted to listen to it all over again to pick up the bits I might have missed first time round.
Thursday Next has to be one of my favourite charecters of all times. She's clever, confident but oh so human. Love the fact that she hardly ever has a plan but just blunders along like the rest of us and her Swindon sounds far more interesting than the ours.
Gabrielle Krugers wonderful voice charecterisation really helped propel the story along. She's an excellent narrator and I hope she does the rest of the series.
"Loved Jane Eyre but hated the ending? Well Thursday Next may be able to help with that"
I want my very own dodo
"Interesting but poorly read."
Quite a good story if you can follow in with the flat and fast narration.
The narration was too fast and lacking in characterisation and emphasis. It was a little like someone reading a workshop manual in a mostly flat monotone. The diction was good but the lack of emphasis on events on characters meant that I just drifted away and missed important story moments.
"First Fforde book but not the last"
Enjoyed the story and narration. Lots of little sci fi bits thrown in and even though the ending was predictable it played out well.
"Fantastic story, narration could be better."
One of my favourite go to books. I have read this book a lot and would struggle to love it more. I have previously listened to the abridged version narrated by Juliet Stevenson whose narration was far better performed and paced. As I know it so well it didn't matter that this was read so fast and there were glitches in the audio file cutting out words here and there but can imagine it would be a little frustrating to a new reader.
"not for me"
I didn't finish this book I struggled to chapter 6 then gave up.
Unless you really like python like humour and can put up with far too many literary in jokes I wouldn't buy it.
The performance is quite good but one criticism is as the reading goes on there is a lot of swallowing. I turned the volume right down but I could still hear it and after a while found myself listening for it. I've listened to loads of audio books and this is the first one I've heard like this. It was a little unpleasant.
"Very bloody well done!"
A clever witty well knitted silly yarn for lovers of word play, Brit wit , pseudo science gobbledegook, tongue in cheek humour, time juanting etc - I detect nods to Python too.
"Not a bad book, but sometimes a bit hard to follow"
I would recommend, but not for everyone.
I haven't read any other books. I will probably give the next one a try.
The concept of the book was fine, but even although it is a fantasy novel some of the story and the altered history were a bit hard to swallow. I couldn't reconcile how the chain of events would have played out to create this version of the last 150 years.
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