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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: December 2009 ISBN: 9781101154441
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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

  • 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
  • “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.

  • “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

  • A 2006 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Winner of a 2003 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • 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 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 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 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 Janice | 1/22/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/17/2014

    " This is one of the most creatively written books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 1/11/2014

    " Great humor, clever connections to literary works. Well worth a read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 1/4/2014

    " After 60 pages this title did nothing for me. I'm not a Jane Eyre fan and don't care whether she marries Rochester or not. Unique plot and some unexpected twists that may keep others reading. Fforde's word skill was adequate enough that I may try his book Shades of Grey in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Konrad | 12/30/2013

    " Loved it. Up there with Terry Pratchitt and Robert Asprin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 12/28/2013

    " A good bit of fun. More fun if you've read the books they've discussed. Not a great book, but good for its genre, and it executes well the sort of alternative universe where it takes place, which cannot be said for all books who attempt this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diette Ward | 12/15/2013

    " This is my favorite series. I love Jasper Fforde. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andi Brosche | 11/30/2013

    " After a few chapters of this book I thought I might die, so I stopped reading. Perhaps I missed something life-changing, but I'm willing to risk that I didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Montgomery | 4/23/2013

    " I'm conflicted. It was really fun, clever, I gobbled it right up -- but I agree with the other reviewers that the characters lacked heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/11/2013

    " A great and interesting read! Definitely not to be taken too seriously, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 11/25/2012

    " Clever, funny and an easyish read. Will read more by the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Elliott | 9/14/2012

    " Made me appreciate all my high school english classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hershey Go | 9/3/2012

    " a very fun book. perfect to bring to the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 6/15/2012

    " Finally read this book. On to the next in the series? Perhaps! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Littlefield | 1/19/2012

    " Cool series for litatery fans - travel through other famous novels and frames the world itself as beign set in a literary rality. Fun and intellectual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 11/2/2011

    " After inadvertently jumping into this series at Book 7 (The Woman Who Died A Lot), I started back here at the beginning. I liked this one a lot - funny, clever, intelligent. 5 more to go! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby Tieger | 10/31/2011

    " Cute - though for a book that wallows in English literature jokes, it's surprising how awfully it is written. Good gift for former English majors and a nice way to pass an afternoon, but little more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 5/20/2011

    " The one that started it all! Considering I'm still devouring every word Mr. Fforde has written since then, you could say I liked it. You could even say I loved it. ;) If you haven't yet had the pleasure of discovering the joy that is Jasper Fforde, then do yourself a favour and read him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 5/20/2011

    " A fun read especially if you delight in wordplay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 5/19/2011

    " Got a kick out of this one. Sure, it's silly, but you have to admire an author who can get away with naming an antagonist Jack Schitt.

    Over the top with literary allusions and ridiculosity, this one's a keeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosamond | 5/16/2011

    " This is a great book. Fantasy, mix-ed up history, wit and charm. It's a wanna-read-all-night book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/15/2011

    " I'm going to read this for the mystery book discussion group I participate in at BookPeople here in Austin.
    I've read one or two of this author's books - he's pretty clever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T&C | 5/12/2011

    " You will never look at Jane Eyre the same again after reading this amazing book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/10/2011

    " Interesting enough book, but not interesting enough to read the entire series. The author tried to cover too many plots, literary references and relationships. And the time jumping bit left too much unexplained.

    That said, it did keep me involved in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 5/10/2011

    " All of the Thursday Next books were great! Bit off the wall, but thoroughly enjoyed them. Hoping Jasper Fforde will continue the series. "

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About the Author
Author Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out the window and arranging words on a page. He is the author of the Nursery Crime and Thursday Next series.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. Here career spans film, television, theater, voice-overs, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway; acted in the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away; and held a recurring role on ABC’s Lost.