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To Say Nothing of the Dog Audiobook
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Written by: 
Connie Willis
Narrated by: 
Steven Crossley
To Say Nothing of the Dog Audiobook

To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

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Publisher's Summary

Connie Willis' Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other. In this Hugo-winning companion to that novel, she offers a completely different kind of time travel adventure: a delightful romantic comedy that pays hilarious homage to Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat.

When too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

Delightfully aided by the perfect comedic timing of narrator Steven Crossley, To Say Nothing of the Dog shows once again why Connie Willis is one of the most talented writers working today.

©1998 Connie Willis; (P)2000 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1999

"Willis effortlessly juggles comedy of manners, chaos theory and a wide range of literary allusions [with a] near flawlessness of plot, character and prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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    kathy Ledyard, CT, United States 07-27-12
    kathy Ledyard, CT, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    I found myself laughing out loud during several parts of the book. The characters, the plot twists and the historical details combined nicely. I'm not as much into the science of time travel as I am into the "what would it be like to live in another time" aspects, so this book was perfect for me. I truly enjoyed the performance, his voice was perfect.

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great fun!"
    If you could sum up To Say Nothing of the Dog in three words, what would they be?

    What a hoot!


    What other book might you compare To Say Nothing of the Dog to and why?

    Can't compare apples to oranges. Maybe some of Terry Pratchett's humor though nothing like Discworld.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator. Great expression and character differential inflections. Will definitely look for other books he has narrated.


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

    Moved me? Laughed out loud too many times to count.


    Any additional comments?

    When you finish a book and can't wait to listen to it again, you know it's a winner. This book was just great fun.

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    G Reinhardt 07-21-12
    G Reinhardt 07-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining from beginning to end"

    I was first introduced to Connie Willis when I read The Dooms Day Book. It was such a dramatic adventure involving time travel and the dark ages. I was mesmerized. When I realized that Willis had continued the series, I immediately purchased "To Say Nothing of the Dog." Although this novel was just as entertaining, I find it a bit of a stretch to call this a continuation of the series. The time travel element and professor Dunworthy were the only tie overs. Unlike The Dooms Day Book, this novel is more comic, clever and light-hearted. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed the novel and will continue on with the next book in the "series."

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    Responsibly Unashamed Lessa 07-11-12
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    "A delicious and fun romp"
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    2nd after "The Doomsday Book", but a separate story - do not need to read "The Doomsday Book" first. A lighter read, fun story involving time-travel. One of the few books I try to get all my friends to read because I enjoyed it so much.

    I've read this book twice, and now just finished listening to the audio version. I love this story. It has time-travel, Victorian England, London during the Nazi air raid, literary references, historical references, humor, romance, a bit of mystery, a dog, a cat, a comedy of errors, what more could a person want?

    The story-telling is delicious. Ned - the character who narrates the story - has a dry, witty sense of humor and a lot of heart. His comments had me quite often chuckling at his jokes. The Victorian era, viewed through the eyes of 21st century time-traveling historians, pokes fun at some of it's silliness but Ned and Verity treat those they meet, including the dog and the cat, with good-humor and affection. Ned's interaction with the pets, particularly the dog Cyril, is touching, talking to him humorously as though he were nearly a person.

    Ned and Verity together, attempting to correct a temporal incongruity, are delightful. But this story never gets sappy or sentimental. There is no "ick" factor here.

    Every time I join these characters in their story I thoroughly enjoy my time spent with them. I wish there had been further stories of their adventures. This book is definitely on my list of all time favorites.

    The narrator of the audio version, Steven Crossley, did the job to near perfection.

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    curt golik 05-17-12
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    "pure fun and adventure, laugh out loud funny"
    Where does To Say Nothing of the Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ned Henry because I can image him as myself


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    range of characters voices, Excellent narration


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

    Beware of Cat


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    Susanna 05-12-12
    Susanna 05-12-12
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    "Time Travel and Dogs Go Well Together."
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Say Nothing of the Dog to be better than the print version?

    Can't say because I have only heard the audio version which I l thoroughly enjoyed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    Definitely anything involving the dog. Okay the seances were amusing too.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He also narrated the original "Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing About the Dog)" and they were both equally excellently done!


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

    I was pleased that it was a longer book and I enjoyed all the small details about victorian daily life that were included and the side trips the plot took. The book did meander and wander a bit (rather like a boat trip on the river) but it was diverting, amusing and cheerful all along the journey!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book as light, cheerful fare. No underlying meanings, just glimpses into victorian daily life and an amusing bit of time travel as well.

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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-06-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-06-12 Member Since 2014

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Time-Travel Romantic Comedy of Errors"

    I loved it. Connie Willis is such a talented author. This is part Victorian Farce (oh my - the croquet scene - hilarious!) and part delightful romantic time travel. The character of Ned who is sent, suffering from time lag (like the worst jet lag ever) to a period of history he has not studied, who has not heard his instructions, who stumbles around trying to right apparent anomalies - it is pure joy.

    A light novel (compared with say Blackout/All Clear) but a delightful comedy of manners. I do wish Ms. Willis would write another novel with more Verity and Ned.



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    Gena hendersonville, TN, United States 04-10-12
    Gena hendersonville, TN, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "So funny, a good romance and great sci-fi to boot!"
    If you could sum up To Say Nothing of the Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Dry
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    Humor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    Tossie baby talking to the bull dog Cyril and to her cat Princess Arjumon


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time lag scenes, both with Ned Henry and with Kindle (Verity).


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

    NO NO NO, it is meant to be savored and thought about!


    Any additional comments?

    I love sci-fi, and this is that plus so much more! HOWEVER, if you do not appreciate dry subtle British humor, you may not find this funny! I was smiling for days thinking about the scenes in this book. hilarious!

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    Doreen 04-06-12
    Doreen 04-06-12
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    "Whimsically amusing ad nauseum"
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    Having greatly enjoyed Doomsday, I was disappointed by the lack of sublety in this book. The whimsical humour and farcical situations were blatantly a la Wodehouse, and there was no need for the author to make repeated references to Jeeves to make sure we got it. Also, the clues to the twists in the story were so obvious that the ending was somewhat less than surprising. Although the narrator did an excellent job, and in general I did appreciate the humour, I began to find the story tedious long before the twenty plus hours were finished.

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    WendyT1 Newark, NJ, United States 03-14-12
    WendyT1 Newark, NJ, United States 03-14-12

    audible listener!! :o)

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    "Hilarious!"

    Be careful listening to this in public... you will laughing out loud, guffawing, and chortling every few minutes.

    This is a comedy of manners, sci fi, delightful Oxford romp, whodunit, and more all wrapped up into one. Only Connie Willis could make all those disparate elements work together in a tale that is as engrossing as this one. As icing on the cake, you will grow to love and root for the heroine and here here, two time traveling Oxford history students from the future, as they travel through England in WWII, the Victorian Era, the 1930s and more in search of the missing Bishop's Bird Stump.

    If you've never listened to Connie Willis before, this is a grand introduction.

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