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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,024 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. K. Chesterton Narrator: Ron Keith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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Writing in England at the turn of the 20th century, G.K. Chesterton was dubbed the prince of paradox for addressing serious questions with his light, whimsical style. In this classic allegory, which has captivated generations since it was first published in 1908, Chesterton tackles such profound concepts as honor, truth, and God with insightful humor and colorful enigma. The seven members of the secret Central Anarchist Council are sworn to destroy the world. For security reasons, each member has named himself after a day of the week. But Thursday is not at all whom he appears to be. Instead of a revolutionary young poet, he has been unmasked as a Scotland Yard detective. Now the other six anarchists are in a state of chaos and can't trust anyone.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan | 2/4/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this, but I'm not sure I totally undertood it. It bordered on the absurd. I'm looking forward to discussing the book with members of The Novella Club in November. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 1/31/2014

    " What a load of old-codgerly right-wing Catholic-Conservative piffle! The first forty of fifty pages are entertaining enough, but as soon as the chase commences (through London, to France and back through London) the book turns into a shambolic romp. Or maybe I should just say that it's not my cup of tea... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rok Kralj | 1/28/2014

    " A thriller with just the right touch of humour and philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 1/22/2014

    " A well crafted satire with a great Keystone Kop moment dashed in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 1/21/2014

    " This thought provoking book reminds me that I have a lot more to learn about what is in the canon of English literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philippe Diepvents | 1/21/2014

    " anarchistisch complot + wilde achtervolgingen + flauwe grapjes + personages die eigenlijk levensvisies zijn (of zoiets). Bizar en cool en uniek. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Austin | 1/20/2014

    " My favorite quote from this book: "Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength in levity." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/1/2014

    " Jolly good fun, but spoiled by predictability of plot and Victorian sentimentality of outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Formosa | 12/24/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed. No surprise he reminds me of C.S. Lewis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trin | 12/15/2013

    " You've never read anything like this book. It's part spy novel, part farce, part nightmare; it's a century old but feels utterly modern. It's as surreal as Auster or Borges, yet tangible, and best of all, it's hilarious. If you're looking for a unique read, look no further. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/30/2013

    " This book seemingly transforms from a prosaic detective thriller into a poetic allegory. I must say I liked both poles, but I found the transitional voyage between these poles (most of the book) hard to bear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jdmguitar | 11/24/2013

    " This is perhaps my favorite book. I've read it at least 8 times. Chesterton is creative genius who has created a map-cap adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Chapman | 11/24/2013

    " Why isn't this taught in more universities? This reads like an undiscovered classic and a clear forerunner to Heller and Pynchon. A must. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthias Sundberg | 10/21/2013

    " Awesome. The key part of the title is "A Nightmare." Just good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/29/2013

    " The plot was delightfully intricate, the language beautiful, but it was just a tad too surreal for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Princely | 2/8/2013

    " I don't know... the plot got to be a little repetitive. I can see the points where others admired this book, but it's not one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Parker | 1/31/2013

    " One of the best books I ever read. Also one of the first fiction books I've read in YEARS. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, absolutely HATED to put it down (schoolwork y'know?) Man, absolutely loved it and will read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alden | 1/8/2013

    " Trippy. Very trippy. At least, for a novel written before World War One. Interesting, perhaps less than compelling, especially since it is all more or less comprehensible on a literal level for the first three quarters, and then gets suddenly Symbolic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Smailes | 9/5/2012

    " A book that will never be completely understood yet always enjoyed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mathew Walls | 3/19/2012

    " I don't understand the point of this book. It seems like the "twist" is going to be really obvious for most of it, but then at the end it just goes completely off the rails and makes no sense at all. Weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan | 12/25/2011

    " Read at Project Gutenberg. I do believe this is one of the weirdest stories I have ever encountered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francis | 10/13/2011

    " Kinda, satire(ish) mystery, thriller, science fiction, quirky, odd-ball, looney, what was that all about, kinda book.

    I kinda liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/13/2011

    " Wasn't too bad, a little bit convoluted in areas. "

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

    "

    "bad is so bad, that we cannot but think good an accident; good is so good, that we feel certain that evil could be explained." "

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

    " This story reminds me of short stories by Kafka. One almost needs to read it twice to figure out what it's all about. "

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

    " Listened to this one on audiotape. It was narrated by a stuffy British guy, so kinda hard to zone in. Entertaining, but not better than his nonfiction. "

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About the Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) published numerous works which include compilations of his voluminous journalism, novels, biographies, histories, criticism, Christian apologetics, poetry, and plays. Many of his novels have the genuine marks of genius. His books on Dickens (for whom he had a considerable affinity) and Saint Thomas Aquinas are considered classics in their fields.

About the Narrator

Ron Keith, a native of England, graduated from the University of Manchester. He has appeared in the Broadway touring production of Amadeus, in off-Broadway productions such as Hedda Gabler, My Fair Lady, and Candida, and in many regional stage productions. His television appearances include roles in One Life to Live and As the World Turns.