In this comic story about three friends on a boating trip up the Thames, Jerome K. Jerome, the narrator and one of the three men in question, weaves i..Show More »n countless anecdotes about his boatmates George and Harris and their various acquaintances, not to mention some very funny details about their misadventures. Apparently, the author had originally intended this book to be a serious travel guide, and while there are some descriptions of the sites and local history along the way, even these passages are usually told with with a good dose of irony, and in some places with quite lovely lyrical prose. My only complaint is that I kept wondering why there was not more mention of the dog, and which of his two friends he kept referring to as 'Montmorency', until the very end when I realized they were of course one and the same. Silly me. Loved Steven Crossley's narration and have since sought out more books read by him.
Entertaining performance. Although I found the story lots of fun, it is dated and becomes a little laboured in its humour. A nice idea for a narrative..Show More » but a little tedious for me as the story progressed. Beautifully performed and that does keep the listener interested. I'm glad I've experienced this story as it does give the reader a sense of time and place which is fascinating. The characters are humourous caricatures but I did not warm to them as much as I expected. I got the feeling the writer was playing for laughs rather than being funny after a while. Fun and interesting in its own way however. Worth a listen regardless of its being rather stereotypic.
Jerome K Jerome has become the favored reader of this version of this audio book. What a hoot! Read to us in a manner that transported the listener a ..Show More »time and place never before seen, and a state of mind with such enjoyment of the hilarity - I am most satisfied! Thank you Mr Jerome!
This cult classic seemed like a lot of fun but eventually I gave up because it was nearly impossible to make out the words through the horrible distor..Show More »tion of the low-quality recording. Hope this gets an upgrade eventually.
My husband and I take many car trips and love to listen to books - we've listened to every P G Wodehouse we could find and were totally charmed. Three..Show More » Men and a Boat left us cold. After the ridiculous train scene where not even the engineer knew where the train was going, we gave up and didn't finish listening. If you've listened to and loved P G Wodehouse, I would recommend giving Three Men and a Boat a pass.
This is one of those books that you find authors referring to in the oddest places. After reading... or rather listen to...Connie Willis' "to Say..Show More » nothing of the Dog" I was excited to see this in Audible. Now I will have to go back and re-listen to Willis's book.
The humor is so dry and so very British. You can see the the influence of this book on so many of the great British humorists of the modern day.
The author occasionally drifts in his descriptions but you will still want to reserve a seat on a boat on the Thames. A delightful listen to escape the commute.
This is now one of my favorite books of all time! I even convinced my wife to read it and now we quote lines from it. I don't think that I have ever l..Show More »aughed so hard while listening to an audiobook. It's uncanny how a book written so long ago can still apply to today. This is a must read for those who could use a good laugh.
Anyone who has read or listened to Jerome K. Jerome's best known book, Three Men on a Boat, will come to this audiobook with high expectations. (..Show More »And if you haven't, you are missing something great. Rush out at once and get a copy.) I consider Three Men on the Bummel to be a worthy follow up book, and Frederick Davidson does a capable job of reading the story. The three men are planning a holiday, away from wives and family. They end up taking their bikes through Germany. The sections of the book where they are planning this trip alone are worth the price! For example, when the main character, "J" (a version of Jerome himself) remembers his error in allowing someone to "overhaul" his bike, it has me rolling with laughter every time I read or hear it. But this is also an interesting historical viewpoint. We learn about Germany and the German people as seen through the eyes of middle class Englishmen in the years just prior to WWI. Reading this book, knowing that within a very few years the countries will be engulfed in war gives the book an additional depth. And, obviusly, the author had no way of knowing what was ahead, but the modern reader does know.
Absolutely amazing. And if you liked it, read Three Men in a Boat. That's much better still. There is no use my praising it anymore. Jerome K. Jerome ..Show More »is perhaps the greatest writer of comedy of all time, and this goes without question for anyone who knows him. I have read many many writers of comedy, and trust me when I say he is among the greatest writers of all time. In his style he is king. But three men in a boat's better.