I loved this quirky odd book with it's timeline complexities and strange character encounters. At times it is slow, but still really funny.
Part Scifi, part historical novel, totally full of humor and brilliantly narrated, this book truly is a 5 star read.
But my husband and I decided to give this book a try as we took a driving vacation from Boise, ID to Boston. We are certainly glad we did. We were completely charmed, entertained and in love with the way the author wove pieces of the past and the future into a beautiful, seamless vision. We continue to search for Connie Willis' works on Audible and have not yet been disappointed.
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
I bought this audiobook because I wanted something new and the reviews were quite good. It took me a while to get into it because I'd never read anything by Ms. Willis before, but once I understood the premise and how the time travel worked it was quite enjoyable. I won't say that I guffawed all the way through, but I did chuckle out loud occassionally and that actually says a lot.
The narration was at times a bit plodding and slowly spoken, but since most of the story takes place in the Victorian Age that seems somehow quite appropriate.
All in all quite amusing and I consider it a good purchase.
I read this book based on a recommendation from a co-worker. I was not familiar with Connie Willis or her works before listening to To Say Nothing of The Dog. I can not emphasize how much of a joy it was to listen to this book. I have to say the performance of Steven Crossley in reading this book was supreme. I am sure I would not have enjoyed the story as much if I had just read it rather than listen to Steven's performance. The wit and humor were amplified by Stevens reading. I even found my self laughing out-loud at times. As I approached the end of the book I was sadden by the fact that I would soon have to leave behind the friends, who made up the characters of the book, that had been part of my life for the past 2 weeks.
Your credit will be well spent with To Say Nothing of the Dog!
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
This book is not only Victorian, but British. Very British! There are a lot of British idioms and sayings and references that are thrown in, but after you realize Ned Henry, the main character, is just as lost as you would be in Victorian England, all the odd words just add to the humor. This is a long, slow-moving mystery, but it requires you to pay attention so you can keep up. I enjoyed every minute of it. I will likely listen to it at least 2 more times, and I am tempted to find a printed copy, just to see what word-plays I missed. The story has many layers, from wondering if cats run the world to what would have changed the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 is that I felt the story wasn't quite finished, as if the author needed a few more weeks to to tie things together a bit better. It may just be the style of writing, I'm not sure. The story ends well, leaving you with lots to think about.
The best part, though, is the narrator. He really brings all of the characters to life.
I bought this during the $4.00 sale just to take advantage of the sale. I have been chuckling and smiling since I turned it on. I wish there were a magic charm that would show me many more books just like this, with a reader just as talented. It may say it is science fiction, but that is such a minor part of the whole that you can't even take that seriously. I am so fortunate as to have accidentally stumbled on this book.
i really enjoyed this book. i did expect it to be a little faster paced, though. but that being said, i usually listen to adolescent literature, which is by and large paced in a more manic way to cater to the young adult (and my) preference. i lived in oxford a while, so enjoyed those scenes immensely. the first half does take some plowing through though, so get ready to be a bit patient on the front end.
the narrator was amazing, one of my very favorites - and i travel frequently for work so listen to a lot of audiobooks.
I was quickly caught up in the entertaining story and enjoyed it to the end. The historic detail and the sci-fi element of time travel added depth to this light comedy. Very enjoyable.
This book is a very light episode from the Oxford Time Traveller series. It is a complicated comedy of errors and I laughed out loud many times. It's funny on its own, but even funnier if you have ever read the book "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K Jerome upon which it is closely based.