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Three Men in a Boat Audiobook

Three Men in a Boat

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Three Men in a Boat is one of the most amusing and durable books in the English language. Semi-autobiographical, it recounts the adventures and mishaps of George, Harris, J. (the author), and his remarkable dog Montmorency during a boat trip along the Thames from London to Oxford. Jerome K. Jerome originally intended the book to be a guide to the Thames Valley, but his publisher thought it so entertaining it was published as a comic novel and has endured as a classic of the genre ever since. Wonderfully light and surprisingly modern in tone, the sense of fun is irrepressible, the enjoyment unstoppable. Real laugh-out-loud stuff, masterfully narrated by Hugh Laurie.

(P)2003 CSA Telltapes Ltd

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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-28-09
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-28-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Not as Hilarious as I Was Led to Believe"

    by bookloving friends who recommended it. Three bumblers (and a dog) decide to take a barge trip down the Thames and run into a series of mishaps and misadventures. Hugh Laurie's superb narration makes it somewhat worth listinging to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    10/3/06
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    "The Classic English Reminiscence"

    Three Men in a Boat is an all-time classic, and one that has entertained my whole family for decades. We first heard it from my father's reading it to us, and then via a tape borrowed time and time again from the mobile library. I don't know how Hugh Laurie manages to read it without collapsing into fits of mirth (or perhaps he did and they had to cut hours out of the recording?) but he has the perfect voice and delivery for the perfect English period memoir. One step down the social ladder from Bertie Wooster, Jerome K Jerome is nevertheless an upper-class idler, with too much time on his hands and a dry humour that will appeal to many. Its only fault is an occasional tendency to lapse into very purple prose, but we can forgive him anything for such classic memories as those of the delightful Uncle Podger.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    DundeeUnited Kingdom
    8/10/07
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    "Better than reading it"

    Hugh Laurie's skill is to be the character whose words he's reading, and his ability to pick up on the classic, dry English understatement in this book is masterful. I didn't realise how pompous yet drole Harris was until listening to this version. This is flawless reading, timed to perfection, nuanced, subtle, funny, always appropriate, a joy to listen to. I was disappointed when I realised the last sentence had been read, and would almost have started again from the beginning if I didn't have a list of titles to work through. Couldn't recommend this more for anyone who wants to be taken back to the late 19th century, with its slower pace of life, and time for 'strolling' down the street (or river) with friends.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ssssss
    london, LON, United Kingdom
    8/1/05
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    "3 men in a boat"

    Hugh Laurie provides the perfect voice for what is the perfect bit of English nonsense. Adorable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    Boston, Lincs, United Kingdom
    4/21/09
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    "A total joy"

    Oh, how I love this! Quite possibly my favourite audiobook, Hugh Laurie has just the right combination of upper class twit and wistfulness in this reading. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It could only be improved by being the unabridged version, so as to have even more to enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frey Waddams
    5/11/15
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    "An all time favourite"

    Performed with feeling and insite; (a clever and powerful peice of acting). This book will always hold a place in my heart.

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  • JKKW
    11/30/14
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    "Abridged, but no umbrage!"
    What did you like most about Three Men in a Boat?

    The Thames boasts many bridges as have cut short pleasant riverbank wanderlust many a time, but Laurie makes the crossover between the rough and eddies in this choppy edit with an almost imperceptible effortlessness of narrative flow.


    What other book might you compare Three Men in a Boat to, and why?

    Three Men on the Bummel is the sequel of sorts which includes the Thames's Germanic cousin, the Rhine, but has more angry rowing over cycles than cycles of rowing aquatic.


    What about Hugh Laurie’s performance did you like?

    His tone embodies the breezily bungling nature of the tome as he swans through the work in a third of the time whilst yet seemingly maintaining that 'unbroken loveliness' Jerome prided the verily verdant reach of Cookham Deep Dean for. A charming addition to the unabridged version also available.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's never been a headache to hear this in one sitting... In fact, sitting rather eased my housemaid's knee! ;)


    Any additional comments?

    Very generous of Amazon to publicize lesser rivers ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jas
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "Delightful"

    Have listened to this twice and no doubt will again. It's a delightful book and Laurie the perfect voice for it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cameron
    Ayr, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
    4/28/07
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    "... and a tine of pineapple!"

    Fantastic book which is narrated superbly and an easy listen.

    A real treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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