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Author: Jasper Fforde Narrator: Emily Gray Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Thursday Next Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781101523575
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asper Fforde has done it again in this genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment. After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and it’s up to Thursday to save the day. A brilliant feat of literary showmanship filled with wit, fantasy, and effervescent originality, this Ffordian tour de force is the most exciting Thursday Next adventure yet. Download and start listening now!

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  • Marvelous creations like syntax-slaughtering grammasites and the murderous Minotaur roam this unusual novel’s pages, and Fforde’s fictional epigraphs, like his minihistory of ‘book operating systems,’ are worth the cover price in themselves. Fforde’s sidesplitting sendup of an increasingly antibookish society is a sheer joy. Publishers Weekly
  • Great fun—especially for those with a literary turn of mind and a taste for offbeat comedy . . . My favorite in the series so far. The Washington Post Book World
  • Murderously fun . . . . A delightful, satirical frolic through literature . . . . Unique and wildly entertaining. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Charles Dickens was one of the British Isles’ most popular novelists, and Jasper Fforde is winging into a similar stature on his Victorian coattails . . . You don’t need to have read either of Fforde’s first two books . . . to keep up with much of the action in The Well of Lost Plots. But why wouldn’t you? The Oregonian (Portland)
  • The well of Fforde’s imagination is bottomless in the delightful third instalment of his Thursday Next series . . . [W]hat keeps this series humming is Fforde’s lively engagement with books and the indefatigable woman he’s created to defend them. People
  • Fforde creates a literary reality that is somewhere amid a triangulation of Douglas Adams, Monty Python, and Miss Marple. The Denver Post
  • Fforde has created a legion of fans with work that moves beyond clever into the realm of the creatively twisted, a space sparsely inhabited by those who can both envision and portray a skewed world . . . . The Well of Lost Plots reads nicely as a stand-alone and avoids the serious misstep of being a retread of its predecessors. The Denver Post
  • Fforde’s inventiveness remains a bookworm’s delight. Entertainment Weekly
  • Even more fun than its predecessors. Orlando Sentinel
  • Like Alice down the rabbit hole, a reader of Fforde’s books falls into a crazy and often quite funny world, where satire meets silliness. Once again, this author’s imagination seems to know no bounds. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Fforde’s bibliophile japery is in the school of Douglas Adams—think of it as a hitchhiker’s guide to the library. The Guardian (London)
  • Bibliophiles will find . . . The Well of Lost Plots a hoot . . . Exceptionally clever. The Rake
  • Fforde has settled comfortably into series mode, producing another fun romp in an alternate universe where books are more real than reality. Library Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jankreidler | 2/17/2014

    " This is a fun one....silly & smart....literary candy for the overread. All the allusions, inside literary jokes, and slaps at literary theory are quite amusing. Read the first two installments first, though. Gotta support the Welsh authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rivka | 2/17/2014

    " It's interesting how many people didn't like this as much as the first two; I liked it a bit better than the second and just as much as the first. All the BookWorld gimmicks and such were great fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/14/2014

    " Another great Gumby book for adults (see review of the Eyre Affair). Good fun romping about in the history of literature. Add a little fun poke at Microsoft, and it's a great way to spend a few hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frishawn | 2/14/2014

    " I absolutely loved the adventure and plot twists in this book about books. I can't wait to see what happens in book 4. Whooohooo! "

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

    " Fun literary references. Very imaginative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 InkTrace | 1/29/2014

    " You really can't guess where the twist and turns are going - not even when they're going to show up. I'd place this book one notch below "Lost in a Good Book." It was different seeing Tuesday Next living in the book world and very creative, however it also was not as interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 adventurat | 1/24/2014

    " Book 3 in the series happens almont entirely in the BookWorld. Cleverly plotted, funny and touching, a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mai | 1/1/2014

    " I'm pretty much loving this series... it's not without its flaws, but there's just so much joyful unleashing of creativity going on that it kindof makes my inner child break out in a little-girl grin. Oh no! A gun turns into marmalade? Marmalade? *Who thinks to turn a gun into MARMALADE*? And it's all quite a complex but well-imagined little universe. I think I'm more invested in the main character now than I was in the first novel, which is nice too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/1/2014

    " While there is a ton of clever and cool stuff in here, it is miles too long and would have been awesome at half the length. Thursday disappears into the book world, her husband is still erased from the real world, and she has to deal not just with a rampaging Minotaur, but tons of other plots as well. Must be read to get to book four. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/30/2013

    " Still loving Thursday Next, and appreciate that Jasper Fforde isn't afraid to play with convention. Lots more emotion in this installment which was just fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/25/2013

    " This series is quickly becoming one of my favourites. I keep telling everyone I talk to to read the books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jjanovyak | 12/16/2013

    " Lots of fun, indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 12/1/2013

    " I think I'd have liked this book better if I'd read it in two or three sittings. Light fiction spread out over several months, no matter how charming, doesn't wear as well. I think I just need a break from BookWorld for a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauraletidelgado | 11/30/2013

    " Fforde delivers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 11/27/2013

    " Another Thursday Next novel, and just as good and surreal as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/5/2013

    " Another excellent book by Fforde. I love these stories where books are alive and the plot is laced with references to the classics I love. The series does need to be read in order...the first one is The Eyre Affair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophiene | 4/24/2013

    " Listening to this as audiobook during the washing of the dishes and in the early morning hours when I can't get back to sleep ;-)) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 4/18/2013

    " I love Thursday Next--her experiences and travails and trials continually keep me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/16/2013

    " A little slower than the previous two, but more clever than the previous ones. Can't wait to see what is in store for Thursday . . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/21/2012

    " I enjoyed the book, but had a hard time concentrating on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 10/31/2012

    " Thursday Next is taking a vacation in an unpublished manuscript, when she learns someone is scrapping them. It's just weird and fun, and hard to explain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missy | 7/24/2012

    " Well, after the first two this was a huge disappointment. I won't give up on this series or author yet but I hope the next one is more like the first two. Basing the entire story in the book world did not work well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rinabeana | 6/23/2012

    " If you thought you knew something about how the world of fiction works, you haven't seen anything yet! In the third Thursday Next novel, The Well of Lost Plots, Fforde is anything but formulaic. "

About the Author

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

Emily Gray grew up in a military family and started audiobook narration in 2001. She has been heard bringing to life the adventures of Becky Bloomwood in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. Emily and her husband started the Classics Acting Company in Dallas where she has appeared in The Cherry Orchard. She is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.