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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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    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
    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

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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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    Roberta Salzburg, Austria 10-21-11
    Roberta Salzburg, Austria 10-21-11 Member Since 2010

    ...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...

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    "Amusing Novel"

    I bought this audiobook because I wanted something new and the reviews were quite good. It took me a while to get into it because I'd never read anything by Ms. Willis before, but once I understood the premise and how the time travel worked it was quite enjoyable. I won't say that I guffawed all the way through, but I did chuckle out loud occassionally and that actually says a lot.
    The narration was at times a bit plodding and slowly spoken, but since most of the story takes place in the Victorian Age that seems somehow quite appropriate.
    All in all quite amusing and I consider it a good purchase.

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    Chris Lyman La Mesa, CA USA 10-20-11
    Chris Lyman La Mesa, CA USA 10-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "What a Great Find!"

    I read this book based on a recommendation from a co-worker. I was not familiar with Connie Willis or her works before listening to To Say Nothing of The Dog. I can not emphasize how much of a joy it was to listen to this book. I have to say the performance of Steven Crossley in reading this book was supreme. I am sure I would not have enjoyed the story as much if I had just read it rather than listen to Steven's performance. The wit and humor were amplified by Stevens reading. I even found my self laughing out-loud at times. As I approached the end of the book I was sadden by the fact that I would soon have to leave behind the friends, who made up the characters of the book, that had been part of my life for the past 2 weeks.
    Your credit will be well spent with To Say Nothing of the Dog!

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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 10-15-11
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 10-15-11

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "A well done Victorian mystery"

    This book is not only Victorian, but British. Very British! There are a lot of British idioms and sayings and references that are thrown in, but after you realize Ned Henry, the main character, is just as lost as you would be in Victorian England, all the odd words just add to the humor. This is a long, slow-moving mystery, but it requires you to pay attention so you can keep up. I enjoyed every minute of it. I will likely listen to it at least 2 more times, and I am tempted to find a printed copy, just to see what word-plays I missed. The story has many layers, from wondering if cats run the world to what would have changed the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 is that I felt the story wasn't quite finished, as if the author needed a few more weeks to to tie things together a bit better. It may just be the style of writing, I'm not sure. The story ends well, leaving you with lots to think about.
    The best part, though, is the narrator. He really brings all of the characters to life.

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