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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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    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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    solayan 02-27-12
    solayan 02-27-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Come for the title, stay for everything else!"
    What made the experience of listening to To Say Nothing of the Dog the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is delightful. Crossley does a great job of bringing the characters to life and his delivery enhances the humour.


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

    Despite its being 20 hours long, the story zips right along.


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    Carol Grosser San Antonio, TX United States 02-21-12
    Carol Grosser San Antonio, TX United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Funny and Delightful"

    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!

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    Christine 02-09-12
    Christine 02-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Favorite"

    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

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    Peter Black Rock, AR, United States 01-19-12
    Peter Black Rock, AR, United States 01-19-12
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    "A ripping good yarn"
    What did you love best about To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    Humour, good stroyline, great plot, continued mystery -


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously the narrator


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention


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

    Mmmmmm, maybe, but it is a long book so it would become tiring I feel.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me more from this authoress

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    Sprinter Honomu, HI, United States 12-29-11
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    "For Graduates in Victorian Literature Only"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    Probably not.


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    Ann 12-09-11
    Ann 12-09-11

    Ann

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    "Love the Dog!"

    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.

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    Spiracles 11-17-11
    Spiracles 11-17-11
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    "Puzzling, Humerous and odd. Kind of delicious."

    I loved this quirky odd book with it's timeline complexities and strange character encounters. At times it is slow, but still really funny.

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    Thea & Eric Seattle 10-30-11
    Thea & Eric Seattle 10-30-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Funny and intricately plotted."

    Part Scifi, part historical novel, totally full of humor and brilliantly narrated, this book truly is a 5 star read.

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    dennis Idaho 10-23-11
    dennis Idaho 10-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "We had never read any Connie Willis...."

    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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