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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Montmorency, of course
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.
I have not read the print version. I heard the audiobook first, after references to it in Connie Willis' "To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last" (another favorite). I had no clear idea of what to expect other than what the title literally suggested. I laughed out loud through much of my listening. It's so well written.
Montmorency. His three young keepers must have entertained him tremendously.
Martin Jarvis is one of the best narrators I've heard. He is very easy to understand. His diction is excellent. His voices are apropos to the character, consistent throughout, and all characters easily differentiated. His performance for this book is a perfect match.
Read the book, or listen to Martin Jarvis read it. I do not think this type of book would translate to cinema. (Maybe if Stanley Kubrik directed.)
This is one of my all-time favorites. It's beautiful prose, the wonderful reading, and the timely and beautiful classical music just works so well together. It's an excellent production overall.
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
If you like British word-play oriented humor, listen to this book. The narration was spot on. If you think Seinfeld is about nothing, and love it for it, you will love this, too. I gave it 4 stars for story, as I do enjoy a Bit More of a Plot, than 3 men went down the river in a boat (to say nothing of the dog). You will not be made a better, stronger, faster, more character laden person for listening to this, but you will be made a happier one!
Sure. It's funny, light, an easy listen. What's not to enjoy?
I have listened to several of Jarvis' performances. He always does a fantastic job.
It would make a fine film or series if heavily expanded which would be easy as it is a travelling story in which the protagonists see new places and meet new people daily.
As my title states, this is a "Poor Man's Pickwick". It is very similar in many respects and enjoyable but no where near as enjoyable as the Dicken's classic. The characters aren't as fleshed out. Just about any of them could have their name exchanged with one of the others and you wouldn't know the better of it.
Go try The Pickwick Papers if you liked this book. You'll like it even more. This (http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B0031AP0WE) is the version I have purchased here from Audible.
Yes, I definitely liked the audio version better than the print version.
It was good overall, but no one incident stands out.
Jarvis' wonderful insertion of emotion and intonations added a lot of color to the story line and made it interesting.
No, it was not the "un put downable" kind.
This is the first audible book I didn't finish. Thought it was tedious. The only thing I really liked about it was the title.
After hearing so many people RAVE about this book, I gave it a try.
I'm at a loss. I think I laughed once. Having said that, I think a P.G. Wodehouse fan would find it hilarious. Give me Bill Bryson any day.
"Jerome and Jarvis"
Combine the wit and lazy day descriptiveness of Jerome K Jerome with the mellifluous Martin Jarvis and you have the perfect recipe for the ultimate escape. Close your eyes and you are the fourth man (not including the dog) in the boat wending your way along the Thames, traveling at a more tranquil time and at a slower pace than is allowed today. Simply wonderful.
"Marvellous reading of a classic comedy"
Maartin Jarvis' reading of this is fantastic! He is one of the greatest narrators of them all.
"Excellent book, with excellent performance"
Very high. Among the top 10 audio books I have heard..
Brilliant, exactly as I imagined The narrative
I know this book well, but still laughed at the fish in the pub...
"A gentle, humorous and enjoyable read"
Written with a wit and dry humour that is still fresh today, I thoroughly enjoyed this gentle story. The book relies on the humorous telling of every day events in the 1890's and so is very much "of a time", which, in my opinion, Martin Jarvis captures perfectly.
I have read that the book was originally meant to be a serious guide to the journey taken - mentioning the scenery, historic landmarks and recommending pubs, however, they ended up taking very much a back seat to the side stories of the passengers and their hapless exploits.
"River Thames lovers "
great book for people who know or want to know the River Thames you can loose yourself in this book
Quirky, very funny, and just a tiny bit insane. The reader nails it for tone and period.
"A 'classic' book"
Originally, I gave this book a lower rating. The reason I've changed my mind is because I've come to realise the book just wasn't for me. I had this recommended to me by my parents as "really funny". I think it's maybe a generation thing. I stuck it out until the end, and the ending is mainly what brings it down a star. It's a bit of a washout for me. At no point did I feel "engaged".
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