Good time travel story with more emphasis on interplay between characters than on the resolution of the paradox that is de rigeur in such stories. Comedy gold in the 21st-century historian who is usually visiting WWII, but is suddenly sent to Victorian England without the proper briefing in how people are supposed to behave in that society. Whetted my interest in learning more about boating on the Thames, Coventry Cathedral, 19th century spiritualist hoaxers, etc.
I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find a book written for adults that could be fun, but not full of offensive sex and language. This book stayed true to Victorian standards consistent with its setting. While the intricacies and issues of the time travel in this book are still a bit fuzzy for me, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, to say nothing of the dog - and the cat. I loved the literary and historical references. It's a good, entertaining read if you want to smile and laugh.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Jerome K. Jerome and time travel with a mystery and a spoof of all the appropriate period literary genres. How could anyone not love this book?
He gives life to the characters and captures the sensibilities of the era.
The paradoxes of time travel and the social etiquette of the relevant time period are well done.
The chapter introductions ruined the suspense to the extent I took the earphones off and guessed when they ended, the endless interruptions whenever a character had to say something or do anything to advance the plot rendered the listening painful. One vignette that drove me to distraction was the back and forth exchange with the lockmaster asking whether the boat went up or down the Thames. Then there were the same hackneyed phrases and observations over and over again. I was relieved wen I finally finished listening to the book. Never again!
I found myself laughing out loud during several parts of the book. The characters, the plot twists and the historical details combined nicely. I'm not as much into the science of time travel as I am into the "what would it be like to live in another time" aspects, so this book was perfect for me. I truly enjoyed the performance, his voice was perfect.
What a hoot!
Can't compare apples to oranges. Maybe some of Terry Pratchett's humor though nothing like Discworld.
Excellent narrator. Great expression and character differential inflections. Will definitely look for other books he has narrated.
Moved me? Laughed out loud too many times to count.
When you finish a book and can't wait to listen to it again, you know it's a winner. This book was just great fun.
I was first introduced to Connie Willis when I read The Dooms Day Book. It was such a dramatic adventure involving time travel and the dark ages. I was mesmerized. When I realized that Willis had continued the series, I immediately purchased "To Say Nothing of the Dog." Although this novel was just as entertaining, I find it a bit of a stretch to call this a continuation of the series. The time travel element and professor Dunworthy were the only tie overs. Unlike The Dooms Day Book, this novel is more comic, clever and light-hearted. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed the novel and will continue on with the next book in the "series."
2nd after "The Doomsday Book", but a separate story - do not need to read "The Doomsday Book" first. A lighter read, fun story involving time-travel. One of the few books I try to get all my friends to read because I enjoyed it so much.
I've read this book twice, and now just finished listening to the audio version. I love this story. It has time-travel, Victorian England, London during the Nazi air raid, literary references, historical references, humor, romance, a bit of mystery, a dog, a cat, a comedy of errors, what more could a person want?
The story-telling is delicious. Ned - the character who narrates the story - has a dry, witty sense of humor and a lot of heart. His comments had me quite often chuckling at his jokes. The Victorian era, viewed through the eyes of 21st century time-traveling historians, pokes fun at some of it's silliness but Ned and Verity treat those they meet, including the dog and the cat, with good-humor and affection. Ned's interaction with the pets, particularly the dog Cyril, is touching, talking to him humorously as though he were nearly a person.
Ned and Verity together, attempting to correct a temporal incongruity, are delightful. But this story never gets sappy or sentimental. There is no "ick" factor here.
Every time I join these characters in their story I thoroughly enjoy my time spent with them. I wish there had been further stories of their adventures. This book is definitely on my list of all time favorites.
The narrator of the audio version, Steven Crossley, did the job to near perfection.
among the best
Ned Henry because I can image him as myself
range of characters voices, Excellent narration
Beware of Cat
Can't say because I have only heard the audio version which I l thoroughly enjoyed.
Definitely anything involving the dog. Okay the seances were amusing too.
He also narrated the original "Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing About the Dog)" and they were both equally excellently done!
I was pleased that it was a longer book and I enjoyed all the small details about victorian daily life that were included and the side trips the plot took. The book did meander and wander a bit (rather like a boat trip on the river) but it was diverting, amusing and cheerful all along the journey!
I highly recommend this book as light, cheerful fare. No underlying meanings, just glimpses into victorian daily life and an amusing bit of time travel as well.