Shades of Grey

  • by Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane - a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.
For Eddie, it's love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey . . .If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey."

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Would you consider the audio edition of Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

The narrator is fantastic and adds a dimension to the story beyond the depths of my imagination - and that's deep!


What did you like best about this story?

The plot is so very clever. Simple on the surface, but with complex layers like the colour spectrum he uses as the premise of his story. Jasper has done a great job - again... and, if possible, I think better than his Thursday Next novels.


What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

His voice and narration is charming, dynamic and extremely clever particularly given the demands of the story line and the number of characters. Wonderful. I'd listen to him talk about weeding the garden.


Who was the most memorable character of Shades of Grey and why?

Eddie Russet has to be the most memorable, both for his character development by Jasper through the story and his character portrayal by Gareth. Hard to pick though because Jane is very close.


Any additional comments?

I think if people don't read this book they have missed a brilliant story by an clever author at the top of his game. I'm giving it to friends as a gifts just to spread the love. Thanks Jasper. Marvellous.

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- Judith "Hopeless Classicophile and devoted Italophile"

My fav on Audible

So lovely pronunciation.
I would listen to this again and again.
I hate the world because it made famous 50 shades of grey instead of Shades of grey. So so horrible world.
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- Agnese

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-2011
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton