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.
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.
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 the second title that I've read by this author, and although she has again provided an interesting tale with amusing literary references in this extended time travel tale, she again needs a good strong editor to prune down the unnecessarily extended and repetitive elements in the storyline.
Yes, I get that this is a novel about time travel, which means going back again [and again] in time to fix mistakes, but on the fourth or fifth time around with the same tone, characters and situations I found it wearisome indeed.
The characters are two dimensional, the humour at times obvious and heavy handed. It's sort of a groundhog day of a book, which is a shame, because with a paring down and a concomitant increase in pace this story would have some charm.
No, I think I've got it now.
The performance was fine.
My reaction to this story was along the lines of 'for god's sake, get on with it'.
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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 is an odd book.
I'm still not sure what I think about it.
The narrator was fine, the story progressed.
I think I came in somewhere in the middle of a series, I had trouble following the action for the first 30min-hour, then I sort of settled into it.
Perhaps this would be more exciting for someone with more interest in late 19th century England, English writers and colleges at the time?
I was happiest near the end when time travel was happening and expectations were being surprised and loose ends were finally being tied up.
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.