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)
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.
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
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.
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!
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
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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