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Three Men in a Boat | [Jerome K Jerome]

Three Men in a Boat

Harris, George, and J. are three Victorian idlers. They decide a change of scene is called for from their usual lethargic routine. And why not a trip up the Thames in an open boat? They soon realise their idyll isn't quite what they bargained for.
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Harris, George, and J. are three Victorian idlers. They decide a change of scene is called for from their usual lethargic routine. And why not a trip up the Thames in an open boat? They soon realise their idyll isn't quite what they bargained for.

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    Virginia 07-05-08
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    "Great Narrator"

    Entertaining performance. Although I found the story lots of fun, it is dated and becomes a little laboured in its humour. A nice idea for a narrative but a little tedious for me as the story progressed. Beautifully performed and that does keep the listener interested. I'm glad I've experienced this story as it does give the reader a sense of time and place which is fascinating. The characters are humourous caricatures but I did not warm to them as much as I expected. I got the feeling the writer was playing for laughs rather than being funny after a while. Fun and interesting in its own way however. Worth a listen regardless of its being rather stereotypic.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri 12-04-11
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    "Timeless humor"
    Would you listen to Three Men in a Boat again? Why?

    I will listen to Three Men in a Boat many more times in the future. This book was written pre-1900, but I love it's timeless sense of humor. Many things have changed since then, but human nature is still the same. And Ian Charmichael does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Montmorency, the dog, is a delight. Jay, the Point of View character is a great deal of fun as well.


    Which character ??? as performed by Ian Carmichael ??? was your favorite?

    I think that Ian Carmichael brings a feeling of reality and importance to George that I hadn't noticed when reading the paper version of the book.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Victorian Comedy and Boating Trip"

    It's verbose, but it's Victorian so one would expect that, and the funny parts are in the deadpan details. The reader makes me believe he is actually the story's narrator, a young man who wants very much to believe himself capable and dashing.

    The narrator tells a very brief story with so many tangents that it runs on and on, and I giggled each time he recalled himself back to the main story line. Very funny, and well worth a listen with this narrator.

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  • C. J. Lansdown
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    "A Review of this version of the book!"

    This book is superbly read by Ian Carmichael, not Hugh Laurie as stated by another reviewer!

    A terrifically well written and funny period piece - in no way slapstick, it's humour is based upon language and anecdote and I found it an easy and delightful book to listen to.

    Please at least get the narrator right before commentating on a recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maolsheachlann
    DublinIreland
    12/3/08
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    "Slapstick and Sentimentality"

    People who write about Three Men and a Boat tend to use words like \"good humoured\" and \"gentle\". In one way, the terms apply-- Jerome K. Jerome's little downriver world is full of trivialities and trifles, and the harsh wind of reality barely intrudes. But in another way, terms like \"bad-humoured\" and \"rough\" might apply just as well. The three men of the title spend the entire journey bickering, and when they tell each other anectodes-- and this novel is composed more of anectodes and digressions than plot-- their anectodes are full of people bickering, too. Don't expect any subtle observations of character or any finely turned epigrams here. The humour is of the broadest kind, mostly variations on the theme of Sod's Law. This novel is the book-length version of a man tripping up on a banana peel.

    Having said all that, it's not a bad book, and I'm sure many will enjoy it more than I did. Jerome's affection for the Thames and for boating shines through, and the English flair for inventing vivid, eccentric minor characters is on show. I'm thinking especially of the sexton who breaks into tears when he can't induce a visitor to look at any of his precious parish graves. It lacks the linguistic virtuosity of Wodehouse or the fine character-painting of Diary of a Nobody, but anybody who enjoys books of that genre has a pretty good chance of enjoying Three Men in a Boat. Tom Sharpe fans, on the other hand, should try something else.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly
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    "Narrator Hugh Laurie fantastic!"

    Liked this a lot. Very eccentric old men taking a jolly. Found myself giggling as you pictured them, and Laurie is a fantastic reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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