I wasn't interested in it as a science fiction novel but I did get interested in the idea of the time travel system "protecting" the travelers from doing something "bad" in terms of chronicity.
At some point I got bored with the type of humor (in spite of it reminding me of the three man in boat book which I read long ago) and the story did not captivate me so when that time of the month arrived (for a new credit, what did you think !), I stopped, about half way, and moved to a different book.
Maybe I'll get back to it.. It seems you can restart listening from any point and not feel like you are missing any information.
With brilliant writing and captivating story-telling, “To Say Nothing of the Dog" is an absolutely delightful book and Steven Crossley is an exceptional narrator! Highly recommended for sci-fi fans and anyone who enjoys a really entertaining story.
I usually have a love/hate experience with audio books, because too often a narrator can ruin a very good book. But still, I listen, because I have never seem to have enough time to SIT and read, and I use audio books to multi-task during “hands and eyes busy” activities like driving, gardening and housework. Often I’m enjoying the story while frequently cringing at the narrator’s style. However, Steven Crossley actually enhanced my enjoyment of this book with his remarkable performance. He has an extraordinary talent for doing “the voices” of multiple characters and making them so distinct that they are immediately recognizable. Best of all, he somehow manages to do female voices without making them sound like drag queens – an almost impossible feat for a male narrator.
I note with great excitement that Mr. Crossley also narrates Jerome K. Jerome's “Three Men in a Boat" which is referenced frequently throughout this book. Guess what my next Audible selection will be?
A cute story with a great ending but not as good as the Doomsday Book
Tried twice, but just couldn't do it. Maybe for the right ear it works, but there was nothing in the story as it started up that could hold me long enough to keep going.
Funny, satire, just enough sci-fi not to mention the cats and the dog.
I don't know if anything compares not even her other novels about time travel I also love. This one has so much humor.
Chasing the cat. You have to remember the character has never dealt with or seen a cat before since they don't exist in his time. Very funny.
Don't miss her other books on time travel "Blackout" and "All Clear"
If you like being told the same joke a dozen times and having the joke explained to you each time in case you didn't get it, then the book is entertaining. The first three-quarters of the book are filled with the kind of excruciatingly slow, repetitive dialogue that is the sign of an amateurish writer. Dramatic moments and interesting observations about books and history are completely obscured. The solution to the mystery is so obvious early on that only author manipulation, and not the normal course of fiction, prevents the characters from seeing what is right in front of them. The protagonist, Ned Henry, is a passive milksop of a character for most of the book, arousing my impatience rather than empathy. The writer may be trying to imitate the pace of a 19th century novel but fails miserably. Events may procede slowly in the works of Dickens and Trollope, but these writers are masters of tension, dialogue, and character who do not pad their stories with tedium.
The cat and the dog, however, never discuss events and events-to-be ad nauseum and always conduct their actions promptly and without undue explanation. They are the only ones.
This book is saved by the excellent performance of the reader and the final quarter in which questions are resolved and action takes place at a normal pace.
Say something about yourself!
This is the second time I've read this book and it is so enjoyable. The writing is excellent and the story is so well crafted.
I think it was the language barrier. The book is well written; the characterization is firm and appropriate; the story is well thought out and travels from point A to point B in a coherent fashion. So, the story should be a 5. The but is: I found little to relate to. Perhaps not a language barrier so much as a cultural divide.
I was really looking forward to this book. However, there were characters that not only had speaking lines but also had "asides" as well. The narrator did a very good job keeping up with it but, as a whole it was distracting.
The book has a whimsical plot reminiscent of the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" series.
This book is way way too silly for my taste. I kept trying to get into it because it had pretty good ratings but finally had to quit and turn it off. If you like unending nonsense then this is your style book, but not mine.