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Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) | [Jerome K. Jerome]

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.
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Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

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    Amazon Customer Australia 09-07-12
    Amazon Customer Australia 09-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant concoction!"
    If you could sum up Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) in three words, what would they be?

    Desperately funny - side-splitting!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is no end to irony, and everything is presented in such an amusing way. The narrator is often sarcastic, but not always - sometimes only the author is using sarcasm.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    The narrator, certainly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why take the train if you can row?


    Any additional comments?

    If you appreciate humor, this book is more than likely for you. If you appreciate language, this book is a good choice for you. If you appreciate life, this book is certainly for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 07-30-12
    Peter 07-30-12
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    "A timeless classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) to be better than the print version?

    On a par


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)?

    The 'flashbacks' qualified the present extremely well.


    What aspect of Martin Jarvis’s performance would you have changed?

    Martin Jarvis has a smooth and consistent voice which isn't always suited to the circumstances described in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not that sort of book.


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    Richard Key Largo, FL USA 05-20-12
    Richard Key Largo, FL USA 05-20-12 Member Since 2007

    keys guy

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    "Like PG Wodehouse but much less funny"

    The only thing I can compare this to is the famous PG Wodehouse series with Wooster and Jeeves. It is the same genre of humor, takes place in early 20th century England, and is very understated and/or silly humor. But the humor in this book is so dated and the story so dull that this is barely amusing, and after waiting through an hour or more of listening for something entertaining to happen I gave up. I can't think of anyone I know who would find this book appealing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 04-22-12
    Tango Texas 04-22-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Quite fun"
    Would you listen to Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) again? Why?

    I would listen again just because Martin Jarvis has a nice voice and lovely accent - he's a pleasure to spend time with.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the most interesting aspect of the story to be the universality of human (and dog) nature. The stories Jerome relates are mostly about human foibles and all of the technology that has developed in the 120 years since this was written hasn't changed people or dogs one whit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved one of the very beginning stories about the author having read a book on illnesses and diagnosing himself with most of them and his doctor's irritation at the patient misapplying a little knowledge when he wasn't a trained doctor. LOL - How many of us do this these days using information we Google? Clearly, diagnosing your own medical ailments and a physician's aggravation with that did not start with the invention of the Internet. In addition, I loved almost every story about Montmorency especially his encounter with a big black Tom cat.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't put this on my list of all time favorite books, but it is entertaining and the narration is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morris 03-13-12
    Morris 03-13-12
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    "A Worthy Version of a Beloved Classic"
    What did you love best about Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)?

    Its hard to believe how long ago this book was wriiten, and how well it stands up to the test of time and humor. It is frequently used as the example of classic British understated humor, and this Audible version is entirely delightful, from start to finish.


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    Dreamsmith 02-01-11
    Dreamsmith 02-01-11
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    "Failure of a star audiobook narrator"

    While admitting I am a fan of Martin Jarvis (particularly when he reads Charles Chickens), I must say this one is a failure. Humorous stories should be told, or read in this case, in the pace that allows listeners to savor the beauty of humor. However, Martin just took this book and read as fast as he could all the way through as if he had to finish it quickly so as not to be late for a hot date. And as the world knows, he can read very quickly. To make matters worse, his deep voice is not ear-friendly at all when projected in a machine-gun-like way as in this audiobook. Slow down, Martin!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 11-15-14
    Kelly Howard Oregon 11-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another perfect pairing; excellent book & reader"

    This is such a classic book, and martin Jarvis is such an incredibly good reader, that I almost don't know what to say other than, this is great! I only wish it was longer.

    The three fellows & the dog floated down the river back when men really did wear straw boaters & women corsets & big hats, and for a woman to show her ankle was an utter scandal. Jerome's humor is delightful, and the situations the group get into are hilarious. It's the kind of book one can read or listen to repeatedly. A good book to read after this is Connie Willis's "To Say Nothing of the Dog," wherein people visit that time, and happen to run into Jerome & his fellow travelers.

    It doesn't seem to happen often, but sometimes the Powers That Be manage to make the perfect choice for narrator --another one that I just got was Stephen King's "The Stand" + Grover Gardner. When it does happen, it's wonderful.

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    Lance Stallcop 08-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring, with a side of dull"
    Would you try another book from Jerome K. Jerome and/or Martin Jarvis?

    Probably not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something funnier.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)?

    I wouldn't finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    What kind of comedy loses your attention while walking an isolated road with nothing interesting on it? This kind.

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    VStevens 07-05-14
    VStevens 07-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant little piece of British humor"
    If you could sum up Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) in three words, what would they be?

    Jolly. Good. Fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Difficult to say. Maybe J, as he's the narrator? They're all funny and entertaining.


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    Martin Jarvis sounds just as you'd expect a proper English gentleman to sound. Part of the humor arises from the contrast between the absurdity of the events and the propriety of the narrator.


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

    I read this book very quickly using the Whispersync option to switch between the Kindle e-book and this narration. I must say I enjoyed the narration even more than the e-book because of Jarvis's phenomenal performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, particularly if you enjoy dry British humor.

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    Fitzwoman 07-02-14
    Fitzwoman 07-02-14

    Reader, reviewer, blogger

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    "Exceedingly entertaining"
    If you could sum up Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious English humor


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Montmorency, of course


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that I listened to this version instead of any other. Narrator Martin Jarvis is incredibly talented and his tone and inflections are perfect. The story itself is fabulously funny, but the narration adds to it tremendously. I do love Connie Willis's book "To Say Nothing of the Dog," and this original tale is a great companion to it. If you haven't yet read it, I highly recommend it.

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