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.
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"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)
What a hoot!
Can't compare apples to oranges. Maybe some of Terry Pratchett's humor though nothing like Discworld.
Excellent narrator. Great expression and character differential inflections. Will definitely look for other books he has narrated.
Moved me? Laughed out loud too many times to count.
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.
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."
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 It has time-travel, Victorian England, London during the Nazi air raid, literary references, historical references, humor, romance, a bit of mystery, a dog, a cat, a comedy of errors, what more could a person want?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.
among the best
Ned Henry because I can image him as myself
range of characters voices, Excellent narration
Beware of Cat
Can't say because I have only heard the audio version which I l thoroughly enjoyed.
Definitely anything involving the dog. Okay the seances were amusing too.
He also narrated the original "Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing About the Dog)" and they were both equally excellently done!
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!
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.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
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.
Tossie baby talking to the bull dog Cyril and to her cat Princess Arjumon
The time lag scenes, both with Ned Henry and with Kindle (Verity).
NO NO NO, it is meant to be savored and thought about!
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!
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.
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.
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