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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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.
Desperately funny - side-splitting!
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.
The narrator, certainly.
Why take the train if you can row?
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.
On a par
The 'flashbacks' qualified the present extremely well.
Martin Jarvis has a smooth and consistent voice which isn't always suited to the circumstances described in the book.
It's not that sort of book.
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.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I would listen again just because Martin Jarvis has a nice voice and lovely accent - he's a pleasure to spend time with.
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.
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.
I wouldn't put this on my list of all time favorite books, but it is entertaining and the narration is superb.
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.
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!
A joy to listen to, humour, history, travel. Most of all a most amusing story of three friends and their trip along the Thames. I'm tempted to find some like minded friends and repeat the journey.
I wouldn't finish the book.
What kind of comedy loses your attention while walking an isolated road with nothing interesting on it? This kind.
Jolly. Good. Fun.
Difficult to say. Maybe J, as he's the narrator? They're all funny and entertaining.
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.
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.
Great book, particularly if you enjoy dry British humor.
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