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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,015 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. K. Chesterton Narrator: Raimundas Jonas Publisher: Hudson Audio Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Published in 1908, this is a classic thriller novel by G. K. Chesterton. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare tells the story of an anarchist Lucian Gregory, a poet who met Gabriel Syme, a new recruit to a secret anti-anarchist taskforce at Scotland Yard. Syme meets Gregory at a party and debates with him about the meaning of poetry. Gregory argues that revolt is at the core of poetry, while Syme insists that safety and orderliness (specifically, a timetable for the London Underground) are the greatest human achievements, and suggests that Gregory isn't really serious about his anarchism. This so irritates Gregory that he takes Syme to an underground anarchist meeting place. But later in the story, Syme discovers that five of the other six members are also undercover detectives; each was just as mysteriously employed and assigned to defeat the Council of Days.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Mosley | 2/1/2014

    " Spies, intrigue, and a surprise ending that might, if you let it, make a human being out of you. The only proper review of this book is to exhort you to read it, if you haven't, and to think about it (and perhaps re-read it) if you have. Accolades fall short. Read this book and discover how a poet becomes Thursday before becoming himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elliott | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this breathless and surreal Christian apologetic, even if (and perhaps mostly because) I didn't realize until the end that was what it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert | 12/22/2013

    " Ridiculous and wonderful. Fantastic in every sense of the word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karalalala | 11/16/2013

    " I read this every 2 years, and love it more every time. It's like a re-occurring dream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura E. Hall | 11/10/2013

    " "The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare is a novel by G. K. Chesterton, first published in 1908. The book is sometimes referred to as a metaphysical thriller . . . The novel has been described as 'one of the hidden hinges of twentieth-century writing, the place where, before our eyes, the nonsense-fantastical tradition of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear pivots and becomes the nightmare-fantastical tradition of Kafka and Borges.'" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emre Ergin | 10/31/2013

    " that was a surprise ending. not only from the point of story, but it changed even the genre of the book. even though i am surprised, i am not happy about that, feel much more like was deceived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Ostberg | 10/13/2013

    " Really interesting lively energetic read. Has a certain almost schizophrenic style and humorous energy that found very appealing. Maybe its my ignorance of christian culture but I didn't realize the religious bent until the very end, never really felt preachy to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary | 9/4/2013

    " I read this book because I had heard so much about it, but I was quite disappointed. There was some cleverness in the story and yet the ending was indeed "a nightmare." For the time in which it was written, such surrealism must have been striking. I found it all a bit tiresome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald Plugge | 8/28/2013

    " The satire is pre Catch-22, yet in the same vain. Perhaps it is more kafkaesque than Heller. The anarchistic ad absurdum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi Bash | 8/26/2013

    " Bizzar, in the spirit of all that is wacky and somewhat confusing. Still not sure I understand it but thoroughly enjoyed the ride! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Princely | 4/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie Anna | 2/7/2013

    " Although this book is quite thought provoking, the storyline is confusing and boring. The best part of the book were the final two pages, and even after finishing those pages I was still slightly confused and annoyed at the whole story. Would not recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janitor-X | 6/29/2012

    " Like C.S. Lewis for adults! I mean that in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 5/7/2012

    " Really good book. Enjoyed it. Listened to an audio version of the book that was read by Simon Vance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claude Graves | 3/23/2012

    " First fiction work I've read by Chesterton, thoroughly impressed. It was a wild ride; I only wish it was longer,and ending left me a bit confused, but oh, it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jelle de Jong | 1/22/2012

    " bizar plot, doet denken aan that hideous strength van Lewis, moeilijk te begrijpen waar de verschillende figuren voor staan; 0 "

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

    " This is the first of Chesterton's books I've ever read. Halfway through, I couldn't decide if it was brilliant or baloney. By the end, I decided it was brilliant. He presented an idea that I'm still mulling over, two weeks after I've finished the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 12/4/2011

    " One of the shortest and sweetest books I've read. And that's that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan Haffenden | 12/3/2011

    " Such an engaging read. The characters were well developed, as well as an intricate, yet simple story. Very easy to follow, while twisting and turning at every point. A must read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 11/10/2011

    " A somewhat dated "nightmare," but the language of the telling is amusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keren | 10/16/2011

    " One of my all time favourite books. The writing is beautiful, to be savoured. I also like the paradoxes too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 9/5/2011

    " The fact that the reader is NOT omniscient adds to the reader's suspense as to what is actually happening. Gradually, more is revealed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/2/2011

    " I think I liked it, but... wtf? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 4/29/2011

    " Curious mystery turns into an allegory. "

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

    " A fun romp full of anarchists and private police and Chesterton's sometimes-predictable but other times totally laughingly-absurd humour. The plot follows exactly the kind of course I sometimes wish my life would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zvi | 4/23/2011

    " Peculiar, funny, and unexpectedly allegorical. The central conceit of the book (infiltrating the anarchist council) is engaging and the prose aphoristic, but the metaphysical ending left me cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 4/6/2011

    " Weird, and left me thinking. Someone else please read this so I can talk to someone about it.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 4/2/2011

    " There is a reason it is called a nightmare - the confusion could only be justified as a dream. It does get one thinking about anarchy and government. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aimee | 3/26/2011

    " awesome. just awesome.

    read it _now_ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 3/25/2011

    " Entertaining and goofy in an English sort of way. I liked it. The twist at the end wasn't as interesting as it could have been. Slightly disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 3/20/2011

    " Amazing story of political extremity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/13/2011

    " Well done but a bit dated. I was also put off by the religious aspect of the ending.

    My first e-book! (a free one) "

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