Summary

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'.
In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next.
In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.
©2001 Jasper Fforde (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughotn
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Critic reviews

"What Fforde is pulling is a variation on the classic Monty Python gambit: the incongruous juxtaposition of low comedy and high erudition - this scam has not been pulled off with such off-hand finesse and manic verve since the Pythons shut up shop. The Eyre Affair is a silly book for smart people: postmodernism played as raw, howling farce." ( Independant)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Charles on 06-06-13

Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read

I really like this book, having read it a number of years ago. It's a great entertaining and witty story. Gabrielle Kruger does a decent job of the voices of the characters, although she sometimes seems a bit flat in the descriptive sections.

What really drags down the rating for me are faults on the files themselves. So far I'm about 1/3rd of the way through, and on almost every chapter, you get sections of maybe 10 seconds where the audio skips back & repeats, up to 5 times, then skips forwards over the next sentence or two, ruining the flow. This file NEEDS to be re-mastered. I've only tried the Enhanced format so far, so I'll be trying one of the other file formats to see if this is better. I'm also going to raise this with Customer Support, as it is a major flaw in an otherwise very good book.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nicola on 07-07-14

Made me smile every time I listened.

Where does The Eyre Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Amongst the top 5 Audible audiobooks I've listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The puns, the jokes, the character names, the little pieces of humour slipped in amongst the paragraphs.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Every scene was enjoyable for its own reason but the ending. ?..well....

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is not an emotional book, not designed to tug at your heart strings.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett then this is for you. Fan of Agatha Raisin? This is for you. Enjoy science fiction? Crime novels? This is for you.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 04-08-13

Jasper Fforde: An Interesting Read

The Eyre Affair is a remarkably amusing book that is a testament to the intriguing writing of Jasper Fforde. His writings are akin to those of the literary genius of Terry Pratchett with crazy worlds, mixed up magic and insane parallel universes.

The main character of 'The Eyre Affair' is one Thursday Next, a Literary Detective whose job is to police the literary world and prevent fake or bootleg copies of Literary works from entering the literature market. This book is set on a parallel version of Earth where the Crimean War is still being fought in 1985, cloning kits for animals like Thylacines and Dodos are available over the counter and Literature is the defining interest of the world's population. Thursday Next's life is sent into a dive by an encounter with the demonic Acheron Hades and is sent into a series of events that lead her to love, The Socialist Republic of Wales and the pages of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

I Found the book a highly amusing read and believe that Jasper Fforde's writing is incredibly clever and engaging and it well deserves the epithets of "playfully irreverent", "delightfully daft", "whoppingly imaginative" and "a work of ... startling originality".

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sverre on 05-06-18

P.G. Wodehouse-style sci-fi

Well-written, enthralling, ludicrous, and very British from start to finish. Lots of fun. Splendid performance.

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