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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

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, 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.
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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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    Rankin 01-16-09
    Rankin 01-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    A delightful story, likable, well-developed characters, wonderful humor, and a clever plot that, if you don't pay attention, you'll miss because you're laughing too hard. Excellent narration.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    P. Dever-Reynolds 07-01-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Laugh-out-loud wonderful!"

    I've read the book, and I still enjoyed this audio version. It's even a thought-provoking study of time travel.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Elkhorn, WI, USA 08-15-09
    Roger Elkhorn, WI, USA 08-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A Pleasure."

    One of the things I love about Audible is the chance to "read" books I'm sure I'd never even consider. This book is based upon an old book called Three Men and Boat. (I loved that and I had never heard of it until I listened to it from Audible.)

    This book is easygoing, lighthearted but intelligent. I sure it possible to tear the plot apart but that isn't really the point. Although it seems like it a long book, it goes really fast.

    And you may wonder what a bird-stump is... listen to the book.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 07-25-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2011
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    "What an odd little adventure!"

    I happen to be an admiring anglophile, and a great lover of all things Victorian (except perhaps, the furniture!). While this story has all the excitement of a day in punt, it also has all the charm. The reader in particular is superb, and adds so much to the story that I simply wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I'd merely read it myself. I dare you to listen to this 'dear-um dear-um' story and not smile.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peter LondonUnited Kingdom 01-15-09
    Peter LondonUnited Kingdom 01-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A Wonderfull Book"

    I really enjoyed this book. It has a light hearted style and the characters are very well written.

    It is a long book but the plot's twists and turns keep it interesting all the way and I think it portrays the atmosphere of the Victorian setting very well. There are some interesting ideas about time travel, chaos theory and all sorts of things included.

    The narrator is great, he gets the tone just right and paces it perfectly.

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    Robert Augusta, GA, USA 05-22-08
    Robert Augusta, GA, USA 05-22-08
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    "Great"

    This is one of my favorite fiction/humor books. This production of it is very well-read and humorous. My kids listened along with me and asked me every evening to listen more.

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    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 01-14-11
    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Delightful"

    What a fun time. This is the kind of book that probably is best experienced through narration, and Crossley does an amazing job of giving life to everyone from stodgy old Victorian matrons to their petulant daughters. There were moments when I checked out and didnt give it quite my full attention, but I was able to slide right back into the plot without missing a beat or feeling guilty that I should go back and relisten. In short its a good time with a good plot and excellent narration that doesnt require you to catch its every word.

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    Linda Longmont, CO, United States 09-20-08
    Linda Longmont, CO, United States 09-20-08
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    "Nice blend of different genres"

    This book was just fun to listen to. It's full of humor and Victorian history with a little science fiction thrown in. The reader is great. You forget that it's one person doing all the voices.

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    "Great Book!"

    This is a happy, informative book. It is probably my daughter's favorite book of all time, and bears several rereadings. The writing is musical and the naration sings. It is a shame that it is not regularly required reading on high school reading lists.

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    Snoodely 08-02-09
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    "Delightful"

    Anyone who enjoys stories about time-travel -- with humor and romance on the side -- must love this book. And the reader, Mr. Steven Crossley, provides exactly the right voice for this story. I highly recommend this audiobook.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "To Say Nothing of the Dog"

    Utterly banal. The humour is largely based around miscommunications (i.e. people shouting unclearly). This would barely work on televsion and cetainly does not work in this format.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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