The Eyre Affair [Audiobook Review]

Title: The Eyre Affair
Author: Jasper Fforde
Narrator: Susan Duerdan
Genre: Yeah…not sure on this one
ISBN: 0143145703
Pages: 384
Audio: 12 hours 14 minutes
Year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Source: Library
Rating: 4.5/5


It’s 1985 in a world that reveres literature (among other differences). Someone has stolen the original Martin Chuzzlewit manuscript. It is up to Thursday Next, a Special Operative in the Literary Tech division (SO-27), to figure out who. Along the way she encounters fictional worlds, vampires, time travel, politics,  family, long lost love and more. Can she do it all?

My Thoughts:

The sixth Thursday Next book will be released in March (on my birthday actually) and in preparation, I wanted to go back and reread the first five books. There is a lot of stuff happening in these books and it’s easy to forget so I decided I needed a refresher. After Emily from Books, the Universe & Everything recommended the audio, I decided to give it a try.

I loved the reread both because of the book itself and because of the audio production. I’d forgotten most of the plot to The Eyre Affair. I think I read it back in 2005. It was like reading it for the first time but with some characters that I already knew well.

I was afraid that some of the fun and word play would be lost in the audio but it wasn’t. It was still a lot of fun. Susan Duerdan did a wonderful job with the narration. She sounded like Thursday Next to me but was able to slip into and out of the other quirky characters with ease. I do think that if it weren’t a reread, it might have been easy to get a little lost since the plot is so insane.

These books are a little bit of everything: fantasy, mystery, romance, satire, science fiction, adventure, you name it. I highly recommend this series to everyone who loves books.

Other Reviews: Things Mean a Lot; If You Can Read This

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9 thoughts on “The Eyre Affair [Audiobook Review]

  1. Nicole January 20, 2011 / 9:30 am

    Is this the first one in the series? I was going to read this, but didn’t realize that it was a series. Glad to know that you recommend these books so highly.


    • Michelle January 20, 2011 / 10:35 am

      Yes, this is the first one. You’d probably enjoy it even more right now since you just finished Jane Eyre (despite your dislike).


  2. Bina January 20, 2011 / 10:31 am

    Glad to hear the audiobook is such fun. And i didn’t know the 6th TN book is coming out so soon, yay! 🙂


  3. Melissa January 20, 2011 / 4:48 pm

    I love this series. What a wonderful birthday present for you!


  4. Erin January 20, 2011 / 6:09 pm

    I have been meaning to try these books for a while now and was just bemoaning the fact that I have no good audiobooks on my list. I’m going to check these out, just as soon as I tackle Jane Eyre!


  5. Vishy January 21, 2011 / 8:31 am

    Glad to know that you liked the audiobook version of ‘The Eyre Affair’ too, Michelle! I have to really read this book now 🙂


  6. nomadreader (Carrie) January 21, 2011 / 7:19 pm

    I’m looking forward to (finally!) starting this series once I finish the Maisie Dobbs novels. I hadn’t thought of listening on audio, but that’s a good idea too!


  7. Cori February 4, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    I just planned a trip into San Francisco with a friend to see Jasper Fforde read from the newest book. Can’t wait! I hadn’t thought of rereading them on audio — I went and put the first one on hold today 🙂


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