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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jasper Fforde Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nursery Crime Series Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781429586580
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The inimitable Jasper Fforde gives readers another delightful mash-up of detective fiction and nursery rhyme, returning to those mean streets where no character is innocent. The Gingerbreadman—sadist, psychopath, cookie—is on the loose in Reading, but that’s not who Detective Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary are after. Instead, they’ve been demoted to searching for missing journalist “Goldy” Hatchett. The last witnesses to see her alive were the reclusive Three Bears, and right away Spratt senses something furry—uh, funny—about their story, starting with the porridge. The Fourth Bear is a delirious new romp from our most irrepressible fabulist.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Mr. Fforde manages to bombard the reader with more bizarre detail than most writers would dare to fit in their entire oeuvre, yet he does so with . . . light prose and easy, confident wit. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Jasper Fforde is able to write diabolically. . . . Outrageous satirical agility is his stock in trade. (The New York Times)
  • Like the creators of . . . The Simpsons and South Park, Mr. Fforde uses fantasy to dissect real life. . . . He is our best thinking personÆs genre writer. (The Washington Times)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 2/12/2014

    " Fforde has outdone himself in this book. The two plotlines seemed as if they did not connect, but somehow, the Gingerbreadman and the Three Bears and Goldilocks all fit into the same mystery that had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. If Fforde hasn't proven his brilliance to you in any other of his books, this one will do it. I highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LoudVal | 2/10/2014

    " I think I've read this book 3x cos I keep forgetting I already had. I guess I can't wait for book 3 in the NCD series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Almeta | 2/9/2014

    " Jasper Fforde. Catch him if you can! He's the...Man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siobhan | 2/2/2014

    " Read while waiting for a chance to get my mitts on the latest 2 Thursday Next novels. Silly and fun, but these don't quite have the depth of the TN books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ora | 1/26/2014

    " Cute. A bit slow at the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Simonini | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent follow-up to The Big Over Easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/13/2014

    " Jasper Fforde's humor and clever writing style always holds my attention. The Fourth Bear is another fun read with the focus of this Nursery Crime being the murder of Goldilocks. The made-up facts at the beginning of each chapter are a particular favorite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erocchio | 1/12/2014

    " Just a lot of fun to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerjonji | 12/20/2013

    " It takes me awhile to get into a Jasper Fforde book, but once I'm in, I'm in 'til the end- staying up all night to finish it if I must. The Fourth Bear doesn't disappoint with all the twists, turns, puns, rhymes, and odd connections only a creatively warped mind can invent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/10/2013

    " Second in the "Nursery Crime" series - familiar nursery rhyme characters caught up in elaborate whodunnits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina Chachu | 12/8/2013

    " Enjoyable, clever, but not as funny as I had expected. Not heavy reading though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn Lynn | 12/7/2013

    " As always, Jasper Fforde is delightfully absurd. Just what the world needs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/27/2013

    " The best plot twists in the history of mystery! Usually I know the end before I get there, but not with Jasper Fforde and Detective Jack Sprat of the Nursery Crime Division. Familiar characters but with a new life of their own, snarky British humor, and unbelievable situations. Fforde fan forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 7/21/2013

    " Since I am a fan of the cucumber I cannot decide if it is getting its due, finally, or getting major league dissed. Regardless, this is one seriously off center book. And I enjoyed it very much. Since this is what you read Jasper Fforde for, you might as well enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla Ruffer | 4/13/2013

    " enjoyed this much better than "The Big Over Easy" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julaine | 2/1/2013

    " The premise of these books - basically books and characters being alive - is interesting enough that I have read a few of his books. Although also somewhat absurd at times. This was the first one I read in his nursery crimes series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Marie | 9/11/2012

    " This brings fairy tales into the current era. many layers of literary references. Very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristaps Kaugurs | 6/23/2012

    " i wonder where SpLotvia is (or however is it spelled) ;-) the elephant park with no elephants sound familiar? :-D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 6/20/2012

    " Banished to the couch to finish reading in the middle of the night. My laughing woke up my wife! Wouldn't normally think great mystery and great fun went together, but it works here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 4/21/2012

    " Fforde's done it again. Another brilliant mesh of stories, including Goldilocks, Punch and Judy (as marriage counselors!) and Dorian Gray. Utterly delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Griffith | 4/20/2012

    " Oh, my. Where does he come up with this stuff? Please, sit down at the keyboard and write more, Mr. Fforde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aleshia | 11/13/2011

    " Another hilarious read from Fforde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 4/30/2011

    " I LOVE this author! It's fast, witty, you really have to think, and it's a crime novel. But, it's all set in the Nursery Crime Division :) All of his books are good, but this is especially great because we all know nursery rhymes. Great read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/27/2011

    " More fun with the Nursery Crime set and Fforde's writing style in this series has me hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 4/27/2011

    " I am now a confirmed Jasper FForde fan. I no own all his NCD crime books ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 4/17/2011

    " Clever and entertaining. Especially loved the word plays and references to other literature/nursery rhymes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 4/14/2011

    " I love Jasper Fforde. I can't get enough. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/12/2011

    " The style vaguely reminds me of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, but weirder. The quirky, strange plot with more twists and turns than a deformed cucumber is oddly appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sofia | 4/3/2011

    " Am now thinking I prefer the Thursday Next series by just a bit, but the Nursery Crime books are still fast-paced and wickedly enjoyable. I'll definitely read the rest of Jasper Fforde's oeuvre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/28/2011

    " This was a very enjoyable read. I love Fforde's sense of whimsy and improbable that seems so plausible. The story was clever and the character development excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ora | 3/16/2011

    " Cute. A bit slow at the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hey_jude | 3/13/2011

    " It was funny, but I enjoyed the first book a lot more. I thought the case was more interesting. Still a good read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerjonji | 3/4/2011

    " It takes me awhile to get into a Jasper Fforde book, but once I'm in, I'm in 'til the end- staying up all night to finish it if I must. The Fourth Bear doesn't disappoint with all the twists, turns, puns, rhymes, and odd connections only a creatively warped mind can invent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonny | 3/4/2011

    " This is quite an amusing book. I'd say it's similar to Hitchhiker's Guild to the Galaxy as far as humor goes! A very good read! "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.