One of the things I love about Audible is the chance to "read" books I'm sure I'd never even consider. This book is based upon an old book called Three Men and Boat. (I loved that and I had never heard of it until I listened to it from Audible.)
This book is easygoing, lighthearted but intelligent. I sure it possible to tear the plot apart but that isn't really the point. Although it seems like it a long book, it goes really fast.
And you may wonder what a bird-stump is... listen to the book.
This book was in a word, "delightful" from beginning to end. I can't remember when I have enjoyed an audio book this much. The entire premise is clever, often laugh out loud funny, and beautifully read by Steven Crossley. This was a perfect gem of a comedy with a dash of romance, sci-fi and a bit of mystery thrown in with a marvelously ironic ending. The way the author incorporated Three Men in a Boat was masterful and her handling of Cyril and the cat was perfection. To me, the quality of a book is measured by how it makes you feel when you read or hear it. This made me feel wonderful and I'm very sad that it has ended.
I happen to be an admiring anglophile, and a great lover of all things Victorian (except perhaps, the furniture!). While this story has all the excitement of a day in punt, it also has all the charm. The reader in particular is superb, and adds so much to the story that I simply wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I'd merely read it myself. I dare you to listen to this 'dear-um dear-um' story and not smile.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a light hearted style and the characters are very well written.
It is a long book but the plot's twists and turns keep it interesting all the way and I think it portrays the atmosphere of the Victorian setting very well. There are some interesting ideas about time travel, chaos theory and all sorts of things included.
The narrator is great, he gets the tone just right and paces it perfectly.
This is one of my favorite fiction/humor books. This production of it is very well-read and humorous. My kids listened along with me and asked me every evening to listen more.
this is a book i already loved and have re-read in print; i was slightly nervous that if the audio version was weak it could "wreck" the title for me but if anything, steven crossley's performance made the story even better!
i'd hesitate to compare this book to anything else, it's truly unique! but fans of douglas adams, terry pratchett and doctor who will enjoy it for sure; as will anyone who likes a little bit of comedy with their time-travel. (it's not necessary to have read jerome k. jerome's "three men in a boat" but it's a fun companion piece!)
I loved this audio book, to the point where I'm really wishing I had heard of Connie Willis earlier! Well narrated, and great value for money as it is seriously long (in a good way). Great characters and very clever ideas. Now I've just got to catch myself up on the rest of the books in this series!
I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.
I LOVED this book and was very sad when it was over! Steven Crossley did an amazing job with his narration. I felt like I had landed in the England of P.G. Wodehouse which somehow got crossed up with several centuries of time travel and the hunt for the world's ugliest vase.
Connie Willis does an astonishing job of weaving together a plethora of odd and loose ends, reeling through well-researched historical tidbits all set in England of various eras; from the 13th century to World War II and the blitz and on to punting on the Thames. The boat scenes are marvelous, complete with a bulldog and various other well-drawn characters. I felt like I knew these people by the time the book was over. I would love to see them off on another adventure through time together.
I listened to this book on a very long drive to California and it was perfect, I found myself yelling at the IPod and making remarks as one might at a movie when you know the answer but the character just doesn't see it. Great fun, well plotted with more twists than Chubby Checker.
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What a fun time. This is the kind of book that probably is best experienced through narration, and Crossley does an amazing job of giving life to everyone from stodgy old Victorian matrons to their petulant daughters. There were moments when I checked out and didnt give it quite my full attention, but I was able to slide right back into the plot without missing a beat or feeling guilty that I should go back and relisten. In short its a good time with a good plot and excellent narration that doesnt require you to catch its every word.
This book was just fun to listen to. It's full of humor and Victorian history with a little science fiction thrown in. The reader is great. You forget that it's one person doing all the voices.