A delightful story, likable, well-developed characters, wonderful humor, and a clever plot that, if you don't pay attention, you'll miss because you're laughing too hard. Excellent narration.
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.
I've read the book, and I still enjoyed this audio version. It's even a thought-provoking study of time travel.
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.
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
And the smarter the time travel, the more I like it. Yeah, this was a bit of a romance novel. A bit of time travel book and a tad of a serial mystery type book. So what? I liked it. It made me happy with it's sense of playfulness and whimsy. Cats extinct, time travel a reality and who doesn't want to spend just a day dressing pretty with an empty head (just a day dammit) and then really like the guy who finds it annoying. Light reading. Veiled romance. Chic book I'd say. And a damn nice one. So there.
Anyone who enjoys stories about time-travel -- with humor and romance on the side -- must love this book. And the reader, Mr. Steven Crossley, provides exactly the right voice for this story. I highly recommend this audiobook.
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 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.