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
"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)
audible listener!! :o)
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.
I picked up this audiobook a while back during a sale because of the whimsical title and quirky-sounding premise, and was blown away by how great it was. It has become one of my favourite novels of all time, worth multiple reads/listens to catch all the clues to the mystery.
The narration is delightful. Crossley does a great job of bringing the characters to life and his delivery enhances the humour.
Despite its being 20 hours long, the story zips right along.
I am not a great fan of science fiction, but this was fascinating and funny. The narrator was very professional and believable, except perhaps for his cat meow!
What is wonderful is that felines are once again back in the world at the end! A must-read or listen for all cat lovers! And dog lovers!
This is one of those books that is both a historical novel , sci fi and satire, and mystery . I have listened to it 4 times over 7 years . Still love it for different reasons
Humour, good stroyline, great plot, continued mystery -
Obviously the narrator
Too many to mention
Mmmmmm, maybe, but it is a long book so it would become tiring I feel.
Give me more from this authoress
The premise was interesting, and I had such high hopes for this book. The tedious writing, however, left the story on the sidelines. This book is probably both funny and interesting to those who have suffered through a bachelor's degree in Victorian Literature, or those who think anything said in a British accent counts as comedy. Had the author made any attempt to move the storyline along at a pace greater than a boat outing on the Thames, I might have been able to stick it out. Between puzzing over archaic quotes and wondering whether each scene would ever end, I could not even make it to Part 2.
Very entertaining and funny book. Loved the detail and the characters, especially the descriptions of the dog. Connie Willis can sometimes lose my attention with too many details, but this time travel tale has just the right amount.
I loved this quirky odd book with it's timeline complexities and strange character encounters. At times it is slow, but still really funny.
Part Scifi, part historical novel, totally full of humor and brilliantly narrated, this book truly is a 5 star read.
But my husband and I decided to give this book a try as we took a driving vacation from Boise, ID to Boston. We are certainly glad we did. We were completely charmed, entertained and in love with the way the author wove pieces of the past and the future into a beautiful, seamless vision. We continue to search for Connie Willis' works on Audible and have not yet been disappointed.
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