I want to like this book. The premise is wonderful. The narrator is excellent. I keep starting it up on my daily commute and keep finding my mind wandering because the book has not yet captured my attention. After seven hours of listening, nothing much has happened.
The cat came through the net. The cat went back through the net. The cat was lost. The cat was found. The cat escaped. The cat was captured. And, if we're going to hear about the bishop's bird stump incessantly, please tell us what the heck it is a little sooner in the story. I finally had to google the phrase and that wasn't a great deal of help either.
I'll give it another try tomorrow, but if something doesn't happen in the 2 hours I have to spend in the car, I'm giving up.
I like a comedy of errors as much as anyone. I have the suspicion that "Lady Winderemere's Fan" or some other Oscar Wilde play was to be emulated (great works!). But honestly, if the stupidity of the main character is the driving factor of a story, it soon becomes very tedious.
I have only finished the first part so far, but I do profess - I'm not looking forward to the rest.
Say something about yourself!
Amusing, witty and charming.
Connie Willis' characters and plots and twist, in this book, are extremely entertaining.
And to get a glimpse of these parts in history told by 'actual' characters just makes her Historian books some of the best to read...to say nothing of the dog.
it's primarily an interest thing and intriguing sci-fi novel, but it is international with a fascinating mystery. To say nothing of the dog combines these two genres better than I would've thought possible. It is also naturally historical fiction, but what I really love is the love story. It is a story that will warm your heart and keep you laughing as he combines all the best parts, but not the worst parts, of romance and comedy. Friends and I agree this is a great book.
This book is part science-fiction, part mystery, part historical novel, part comedy, and part romance--to say nothing of the dog (and cats and fish). The author weaves these elements together into one of the best audio books that I have come across (I have listened to around 100 novels, with around 50 professionally narrated). It was refreshing to listen to a "G-rated" novel that the whole family can enjoy. It is no wonder that it won so many awards.
The plot was fairly complex (which I like), but it was not too difficult to follow or to figure out parts of the mystery. Even with a seasoned "plot guesser" like myself, it still supplied some surprises. I have a degree in physics and appreciated the thought put into "science" behind the fiction.
The narrator did an excellent job with the voice characterizations. I hope he continues to read the sequels.
At between 20 and 25 hours, the length was just right for making the last month of commutes more enjoyable.
I listened to this while driving to NJ from Albany, NY. I could only stand it as far as Harriman. (~ 2 hrs). The characters were still doing what they were doing at the beginning -- running in fear of some old British battle-ax conducting some esoteric project and yelling at each other. No plot development, no explanation. Truly disappointing.
I hated everything about this book - another case of rushing into it without checking the story line. Who puts the 4 stars on it? It must have been the author! Every joke was pretentiously un-funny, and the story line was ludicrous. Who cares if they find some bit of metal that the bishop uses, buried in a bombed out old church. This is a story that the ladies in a knitting club back in the 40s would have enjoyed. Full of old- school cliches, plumb in the mouth antics back in the cobwebbed times of the 40s and 50s. It is not even well written! Horrible. Could not get past the first half of the first part. Waste of money and time - things that are precious in the world today!
To Say Nothing of the Dog is an entertaining if sometimes frustratingly drawn out story. This book is much lighter than Ms. Willis' first book about time-traveling Oxford historians, "Doomsday Book". I thought the first was better: tighter prose and more urgent plot. The real standout of this audio book is Steven Crossley's narration. The narration alone lifted this my review from 3 to 4 stars. His characterizations are perfect. He does a frighteningly good bourgeois Victorian lady. It just shows what a difference great narration can make in an audio book. I intend to look for other titles with his narration.
One of the best audio books that I've run across in quite some time.
The story is a lighthearted romp with a time-travelling hero suffering 'time lag' (which bears striking resemblance to inebriation) sent back to do something somewhere... but, due to his time lag, he's not entirly sure that he knows what that is and only belatedly realizes that it involves a misplaced housecat, an absent-minded professor, a lost piece of hideous Victorian art, and a few romantic entanglements gone awry. With a hommages to Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jerome K. Jerome along the way, the story is historical, comedy, time travel sci-fi, romance, and a mystery... with a bright heroine, an adorable dog, and a disappearing cat along for the ride.
The narration is good throughout and the plot is lighthearted fun.
This was pleasant to listen to, and kept my attention but is not particularly memorable. I could imagine the time machine and I could see that the humor would appeal to most listeners but I think I am perhaps humor challenged. I think history buffs would appreciate the intricate details of historical events and how they all fit together. Basically, its a good story but it isn't my cup of tea.