Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them just fine. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather forecasts, and tins of pineapple chunks---not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency.
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions, and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian clerking classes, it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.
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Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
In this comic story about three friends on a boating trip up the Thames, Jerome K. Jerome, the narrator and one of the three men in question, weaves in countless anecdotes about his boatmates George and Harris and their various acquaintances, not to mention some very funny details about their misadventures. Apparently, the author had originally intended this book to be a serious travel guide, and while there are some descriptions of the sites and local history along the way, even these passages are usually told with with a good dose of irony, and in some places with quite lovely lyrical prose. My only complaint is that I kept wondering why there was not more mention of the dog, and which of his two friends he kept referring to as 'Montmorency', until the very end when I realized they were of course one and the same. Silly me. Loved Steven Crossley's narration and have since sought out more books read by him.
Mama of 4 soon 5
After hearing about this classic novel first on NPR, and then reading dozens of glowing reviews both on Amazon and Audible, I listened to all the samples and picked this one for the narrator's voice. The performance was fine, but all the hype had me expecting a story much funnier than this. There were funny moments certainly, but overall, I got tired of it. I don't think it's my lack of a taste for the infamous so-called British humor... I like Monty Python, Rowan Atkinson, Black Adder, and the Discworld series. PG Wodehouse is my standard refresher between heavy non-fiction works. Maybe there are varying flavors of this British humor, and Three Men in a Boat is one of the more bland dishes.
I had never heard of this and stumbled across it. Its fabulous. Clean good humor that is both dated and poignant and still relates. There is such small fun here, like packing and finding the toothbrush is at the bottom...travel humor- timeless. Simple story, with not much plot. Just a bit of observational humor and the characters are not even well-formed, with two of the three being interchangeable really. I kept mixing them up. But I was laughing and laughing and tell everyone to read this now. I am looking into more of Jerome K Jerome, for sure. There really is not much to say. Plot is given away about by the title. The narration is fantastic. He's a comic genius.
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