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To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last | [Connie Willis]

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

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, 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.
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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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    bette Beverly, WV, United States 10-01-11
    bette Beverly, WV, United States 10-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "So unexpected!"

    I bought this during the $4.00 sale just to take advantage of the sale. I have been chuckling and smiling since I turned it on. I wish there were a magic charm that would show me many more books just like this, with a reader just as talented. It may say it is science fiction, but that is such a minor part of the whole that you can't even take that seriously. I am so fortunate as to have accidentally stumbled on this book.

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    Carter Roxbury Crossing, MA, United States 09-20-11
    Carter Roxbury Crossing, MA, United States 09-20-11
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    "fun! and a fantastic narrator"

    i really enjoyed this book. i did expect it to be a little faster paced, though. but that being said, i usually listen to adolescent literature, which is by and large paced in a more manic way to cater to the young adult (and my) preference. i lived in oxford a while, so enjoyed those scenes immensely. the first half does take some plowing through though, so get ready to be a bit patient on the front end.

    the narrator was amazing, one of my very favorites - and i travel frequently for work so listen to a lot of audiobooks.

    recommended!

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    Anne 09-19-11
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    "Entertaining!"

    I was quickly caught up in the entertaining story and enjoyed it to the end. The historic detail and the sci-fi element of time travel added depth to this light comedy. Very enjoyable.

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    J. Forsberg Chicago, IL USA 09-06-11
    J. Forsberg Chicago, IL USA 09-06-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Funny"

    This book is a very light episode from the Oxford Time Traveller series. It is a complicated comedy of errors and I laughed out loud many times. It's funny on its own, but even funnier if you have ever read the book "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K Jerome upon which it is closely based.

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    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 08-22-11
    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Could not stay interested, very slow."

    This story was not as expected. I tried to listen several times but just could not stay focused.

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    chris 07-07-11
    chris 07-07-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Hated it"

    It seems like you either love or hate this book.

    I loved Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, and this story takes place in the same world of academic time travelers, but this book has a new protagonist, and he's the most boring main character I've met. He spends his time worrying and fussing but not doing anything.

    I love the concept of academic time travelers and the rules that govern their travel, but I don't like it when characters in time travel stories don't know how time travel works and spend their time trying to guess what might happen. These types of circular thoughts and explanations make up roughly three-fourths of the book. He worries about what might happen, then he tries to explain it to someone else, then they explain it back to him. I don't care what you think might happen. Just do something and find out!

    Also: they never do say what a Bird Stump is.

    My recommendation is to listen to Doomsday Book instead.

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    Michelle Glen Burnie, md, United States 04-23-11
    Michelle Glen Burnie, md, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Best narration ever!"

    The book is brilliant, and funny and deserving of any award they throw at it, yes -- all true. The only thing is, I never would have followed the story -- got all the humor, felt the emotions that the author conveyed or come to think of the main characters as close friends had it not been for the amazing job Steven Crossley did reading it. He clearly understood the work of Ms Willis and brought it to life for me. I listen to this book often as I drift off to sleep and am taken away each time.

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    Gail Monument, CO, United States 04-20-11
    Gail Monument, CO, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "It had me from the title!"

    Connie Willis is always great, but I loved the light-hearted nature of this book. I laughed out loud at times. The narrator was great and did the book justice. If you're looking for an intelligent, fun, sci-fi book, this is it.

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    Anonymous 04-01-11
    Anonymous 04-01-11
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    "Highly recommended"

    A complex story that slowly builds up steam and is well worth the investment of time. Narrator was wonderful! Truly talented!!!

    Most characters enjoyable, or dislikable as they were meant to be. The dog could have had a larger part, and Tossie was truly obnoxious 95% of the time; Verité was a pleasure. I'll look for this author's next book with pleasurable anticipation.

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    Kelly locust grove, OK, United States 03-01-11
    Kelly locust grove, OK, United States 03-01-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Seven hours into the book and still nothing..."

    I want to like this book. The premise is wonderful. The narrator is excellent. I keep starting it up on my daily commute and keep finding my mind wandering because the book has not yet captured my attention. After seven hours of listening, nothing much has happened.

    The cat came through the net. The cat went back through the net. The cat was lost. The cat was found. The cat escaped. The cat was captured. And, if we're going to hear about the bishop's bird stump incessantly, please tell us what the heck it is a little sooner in the story. I finally had to google the phrase and that wasn't a great deal of help either.

    I'll give it another try tomorrow, but if something doesn't happen in the 2 hours I have to spend in the car, I'm giving up.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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