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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: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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At first, The Man Who Was Thursday seems no more than a detective story that also has both poetry and politics, as well. But it soon becomes a mystery that grows more mysterious, until it is nothing less than the mystery of creation itself.

This is Chesterton's most famous novel. Never out of print since it was first published in 1908, critics immediately hailed it as amazingly clever, a remarkable acrobatic performance, and a scurrying, door-slamming farce that ends like a chapter in the Apocalypse. One reviewer described how he had read it in one sitting and put it down, completely dazed.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 2/15/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 2/10/2014

    " The last third got too preachy for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefan | 2/8/2014

    " Written in 1904. Crazy story around the infiltration of an anarchist organization by a police officer. Good suspense. Some interesting philosophical thoughts throughout the book. Some tasty dialogues too. The ending is quite lame though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 1/28/2014

    " I am not sure I got this book. I think I may have to read it again someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maura | 1/19/2014

    " Now this is a worthy read. Not that it's long -- i read it all last night in about 3.5 hrs. It's a thriller, an adventure that's in the same category as the Bourne Identity (well, at least the movie; i haven't gotten to those books yet). Many twists, not always surprising and yet still enjoyable. Neil Gaiman referred to it as a "novel of genius", and when i saw that my dad owned it, i immediately swiped it for my own reading pleasure. i'm quite glad to have done so! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 hilsongirl | 1/13/2014

    " best book i ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/13/2014

    " Actually, this is more 3.5 stars (and would probably earn more on a second reading). Chesterton throws some "curve balls" for the reader; the ending was not what I was expecting. Interesting, lush allegory that encourages the reader to really think, not only about social problems, but also about spiritual ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Bubar | 12/28/2013

    " I think I know the end by the discovery of the Professor. I was right but totally flummoxed as to the reasoning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ian Russell | 12/11/2013

    " Intriguing title, interesting cover art, irritating prose. I would say I lost interest in it half-way but I don't think I really acquired any beyond the cover.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie Jensen | 11/22/2013

    " The subtitle "A Nightmare" has to be kept in mind, and then it makes more sense. Interesting take on philosophical confusion, but the end doesn't feel very satisfying. Maybe that's part of it though, dreamlike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew W.m. | 6/20/2013

    " A fantastic work of genuinely subversive satire which fizzes through its short fuse to a superb final conflagration "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/9/2013

    " Book club selection - yeah Scotland Yard! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 8/31/2012

    " Marvellous - vintage derring-do overlaid with opiates... that conceals an message, a story of good an evil as relevant today as at any time through human history. The plot twists and turns and the denouement was unexpected - or was it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 8/14/2012

    " Not a fluff piece you take to the beach. This is a book that's going to challenge you at every turn. For those times when you want an entertaining plot that makes you smarter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Buescher | 10/7/2011

    " Definitely entertaining and nicely written, though I'm still a little confused. I think it's the type of book you read in school and then discuss the themes -- it's not exactly pleasure reading, to me. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emre Ergin | 8/7/2011

    " 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. "

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

    " I don't quite know what to rate this, because the first two thirds were charmingly weird, and the ending weird in a way I did not care for at all. It was a good ride, up until it suddenly wasn't anymore. "

  • 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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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.