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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54,859 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jasper Fforde Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Thursday Next Series Release Date:
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The first in a series of outlandishly clever adventures featuring the resourceful, fearless literary detective Thursday Next

In Jasper Fforde’s Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career. Fforde’s ingenious fantasy—enhanced by a Web site that re-creates the world of the novel—unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jasper Fforde’s first novel, The Eyre Affair, is a spirited sendup of genre fiction—it’s part hardboiled mystery, part time-machine caper—that features a sassy, well-read ‘Special Operative in literary detection’ named Thursday Next, who will put you more in mind of Bridget Jones than Miss Marple. Fforde delivers almost every sentence with a sly wink, and he’s got an easy way with wordplay, trivia, and inside jokes…Fforde’s verve is rarely less than infectious.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • [Thursday Next is] part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew, and part Dirty Harry. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

    "Neatly delivers alternate history, Monty Pythonesque comedy skits, Grand Guignol supervillains, thwarted lovers, po-mo intertextuality, political commentary, time travel, vampires, absent-minded inventors, a hard-boiled narrator, and lots, lots more.... Suspend your disbelief, find a quiet corner and just surrender to the storytelling voice of the unstoppable, ever-resourceful Thursday Next.

  • Fforde's imaginative novel will satiate readers looking for a Harry Potter-esque tale.... The Eyre Affair's literary wonderland recalls Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers series, the works of Lewis Carroll and Woody Allen's The Kugelmass Episode. USA Today
  • Filled with clever wordplay, literary allusion and bibliowit, The Eyre Affair combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Stephen Hawking and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but its quirky charm is all its own. The Wall Street Journal
  • Jasper Fforde's first novel, The Eyre Affair, is a spirited sendup of genre fiction—it's part hardboiled mystery, part time-machine caper—that features a sassy, well-read 'Special Operative in literary detection' named Thursday Next, who will put you more in mind of Bridget Jones than Miss Marple.  Fforde delivers almost every sentence with a sly wink, and he's got an easy way with wordplay, trivia, and inside jokes.... Fforde's verve is rarely less than infectious. The New York Times Book Review
  • [Fforde] delivers multiple plot twists, rampant literary references and streams of wild metafictional invention in a novel that places literature at the center of the pop-cultural universe.... It all adds up to a brainy, cheerfully twisted adventure. Time Out New York
  • [The Eyre Affair] is a blend of suspense and silliness, two parts fantasy (think Alice in Wonderland meets Superman), two parts absurdity (think Carl Hiaasen) and one part mystery (Agatha Christie meets Sue Grafton). St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • “Filled with clever wordplay, literary allusion, and biblio-wit, The Eyre Affair combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Stephen Hawking, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but its quirky charm is all its own.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Neatly delivers alternate history, Monty Python-esque comedy skits, Grand Guignol super villains, thwarted lovers, po-mo intertextuality, political commentary, time travel, vampires, absent-minded inventors, a hard-boiled narrator, and lots, lots more…Suspend your disbelief, find a quiet corner and just surrender to the storytelling voice of the unstoppable, ever-resourceful Thursday Next.”

    Washington Post

  • “[The Eyre Affair] is a blend of suspense and silliness, two parts fantasy (think Alice in Wonderland meets Superman), two parts absurdity (think Carl Hiaasen) and one part mystery (Agatha Christie meets Sue Grafton).”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Fforde’s imaginative novel will satiate readers looking for a Harry Potter-esque tale…The Eyre Affair’s literary wonderland recalls Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers series, the works of Lewis Carroll and Woody Allen’s The Kugelmass Episode.”

    USA Today

  • Winner of a 2003 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2006 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A 2003 Dilys Award Nominee
  • A 2002 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adrian Hickey | 2/7/2014

    " Odd - but once you get past the basic premise it is not bad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rozonda | 2/6/2014

    " This book is pure fun. As others have pointed out , it takes a few pages to get really interesting, but at a certain point it becomes real good business. The alternative world where Richard III is performed by actors chosen from the public itself, who knows the play by heart, talking street machines recite Shakespeare, Baconians knock on your door instead of Jehovah's witnesses, and there are Expressionist and Romantic Street gangs, is only part of the fun. The villiain in this book, Acheron Hades, is also brilliant- with his silly minions and his huge ego, is at the same time cartoonish and sinister. Looking forward to reading more books in this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Shyanna | 1/28/2014

    " HATED this book. Was intrigued by the premise, but towards the middle realized it was horribly written and I couldn't wait to be done with it. Again, HATED IT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Janice | 1/22/2014

    " Summertime. What else can I say in my defense? "

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