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Early Riser

Narrated by: Thomas Hunt
Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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Great

Jasper Fforde never disappoints. This standalone is just as weird and wonderful as the worlds of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey.

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Really enjoyed this one

A great story that seemed a bit slow at first but then, before I realised, the hooks were in and I couldn't stop listening. Thouroughly enjoyable.

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Loved it! The best accents ever!

Took a chapter or two to get into the groove, but was gripping for the rest of the book.
I loved the excellent Welsh accents - definitely added to the experience.
The story is brilliant and full of Fforde's classic twists and turns, many things happened that I didn't expect and all ends were tied neatly at the end.

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Early Riser

As weird and wonderful, story-wise, as always with Jasper Fforde. The main speaker is a joy to listen to but the cutaway at the beginning of each chapter just, ... I couldn't even listen towards the end. I'm not sure if it was just me but it was a nails-on-a-chalkboard situation.

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  • A Reader
  • 26-11-2018

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
  • 13-08-2018

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.

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  • A. R. Daw
  • 22-02-2019

Turned into a marathon.

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

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  • Sue Gill
  • 28-01-2019

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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  • Mrs. J. M. Galor
  • 20-12-2018

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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  • J L Parkes
  • 13-08-2018

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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  • Pippa
  • 30-12-2018

Sleep inducing (which fits the story perfectly)

This story was in interesting concept, really well executed, and compelling. It was also well read/performed. However it wasn't as funny as other Fforde books, and the narration - perfectly fitting the subject (sleep) - was also very mesmerising and tended to send me to sleep. A good book - a very good book - but not an exceptionally good book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-2018

typical weird but enthralling Jasper Fforde

Just another Jasper Fforde book brimming with inventive ideas and alternative realities, alternative zombies and the Gronk

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  • Mark
  • 14-12-2018

wonderful but what was it about

I was swept along by this wonderfully narrated novel. splendid, weird and comforting all at the same time

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  • Genuinebloke
  • 30-11-2018

Tidy!

I was sceptical during the initial chapters as there were a lot of unfamiliar terms and new concepts coming through. I was concerned I would be disenfranchised by the "cleverness" of it all. However, this soon turned around and I was quickly won over by the charm of the wonderful Welsh narration and of the bumbling hero. The story grew on me as it developed in some genuinely unforseen ways and, crucially, the whole plot resolved in a most satisfying manner. This was my first Jasper Fforde read and I'll likely go back for more.

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  • K. Melton
  • 29-11-2018

I love a bit of Jasper

I've read every Jasper Fforde novel going and he is simply an amazing author, original, funny, quirky, love him!! brilliant.

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  • Bittersuite
  • 28-11-2018

Sleep is overrated?

Another fantastically imagined alternate timeline, I enjoyed the Welsh setting and the premise that the world had to turn to hibernation due to deeper-freezing winters. A rather high body-count and lots of (chilly) action meant the story flew by. I also enjoyed the narration, the many characters were easily distinguished.