The Man Who Was Thursday, A Nightmare

Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz

(4.6 stars; 449 reviews)

In a surreal turn-of-the-century London, Gabriel Syme, a poet, is recruited to a secret anti-anarchist task force at Scotland Yard. Lucian Gregory, an anarchist poet, is the only poet in Saffron Park, until he loses his temper in an argument over the purpose of poetry with Gabriel Syme, who takes the opposite view. After some time, the frustrated Gregory finds Syme and leads him to a local anarchist meeting-place to prove that he is a true anarchist. Instead of the anarchist Gregory getting elected, the officer Syme uses his wits and is elected as the local representative to the worldwide Central Council of Anarchists. The Council consisting of seven men, each using the name of a day of the week as a code name; Syme is given the name of Thursday... (Summary from Wikipedia) (6 hr 0 min)


Dedication (poem): To Edmund Clerihew Bentley 4:14 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE TWO POETS OF SAFFRON PARK 22:58 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE SECRET OF GABRIEL SYME 17:45 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY 24:00 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE TALE OF A DETECTIVE 21:52 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE FEAST OF FEAR 20:31 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE EXPOSURE 18:55 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE PROFESSOR EXPLAINS 27:18 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE MAN IN SPECTACLES 34:02 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE DUEL 34:24 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE CRIMINALS CHASE THE POLICE 18:31 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE EARTH IN ANARCHY 31:00 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE PURSUIT OF THE PRESIDENT 21:41 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE SIX PHILOSOPHERS 24:21 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE ACCUSER 19:29 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz


Free Listens review

(5 stars)

Brewer-Geisz is an excellent amateur reader with a young-sounding American voice. He brings out the wry humor in Chesterton's writing and varies his pacing to keep the action interesting. For full review and reviews of other free audiobooks, visit


(5 stars)

This book blew me away. Zachary does a stellar job reading and he makes me want to listen to more of his narrations! If he has more, that is.

great reader

(5 stars)

I'm giving this five stars because the reader is at a professional quality. the story itself has some fun and intriguing moments but is such a clunky Christian allegory like the worst of C. S. Lewis. I give it two stars.

Excellent book and recording

(4 stars)

A wonderfully funny and perplexing book, read with great pizzazz.

I LOVE THIS STORY but I don't think I got the point

(5 stars)

This story is super thrilling and suspenseful, not to mention confusing. Zachary Brewster-Geisz (or whatever his name is) does an AMAZING job and I wish he would read more books. This book is about the rivalry between anarchy and order, but that's all I can say about the point of this book. I don't think I completely understood it.

Fantastic Book!

(5 stars)

Although I was able to predict quite a lot of it early on, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Chesterton is a genius who makes you simultaneously laugh hysterically and bite your lip with anxiety for the characters. The reader did an excellent job (almost professional I’d say), and I will most definitely look for more of his narrations!

Beautiful Text, Beautiful Rendition

(5 stars)

This is the closest to professional quality I've yet heard on Librivox. Different voices, different accents, clear annunciation--the time put into this recording deserves applause! It helps that the text belongs to GK Chesterton, my personal favorite writer and required reading for those who enjoy the works of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.

(5 stars)

Phenomenal story, and the reading was perfect. The reader had a different voice for every character, and played them all well. Truthfully, the end of the book was a bit incoherent, but this was Chesterton's doing. The conclusion was not a satisfying finale, but rather a vague metaphor before phasing out.