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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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    "an excellent story with ecxellent narration"

    an absolute pleasure to listen to, a book full of humor and adventure. absolutely loved it. the fact that it ended was almost painful. my only regret is that i don't own it on paper (which seems like my next purchase)

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    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 01-29-13
    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2016

    Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!

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    "couldn't stop listening!"
    What did you love best about To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    The characters, story line, and mystery kept me inordinately interested. I'd love to see more from the main characters!


    Any additional comments?

    Beware! This isn't a normal book choice for me, and I simply could not stop listening until it ran out of words! And now I want more! I haven't felt that way about a book in some time. I loved it!

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    Arlene Adelaide, Australia 01-28-13
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    "Didn't want it to end"
    If you could sum up To Say Nothing of the Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, original, intelligent


    What other book might you compare To Say Nothing of the Dog to and why?

    It is too original to court any ready comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boating trip (and seeing Jerome K Jerome!)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Real sadness at it finishing as I so enjoyed the journey with Ned and Verity (and the dog!)


    Any additional comments?

    It took me a little while to get into the story but then I absolutely loved it. Good characters. Intriguing story and link to real historical facts. Perfect narration.

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    Lisa H. Cazares 12-29-12
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    "Great fun!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is an excellent adventure and I enjoyed the time-travel science.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought the pace to be a little slow, but necessary for the convoluted plot.


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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 12-16-12
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 12-16-12
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    "Good story but too long"

    Really enjoyed this book but found it to be much,much too long. I have felt this way about all the Connie Willis book I have listened to. However the quality of the writing and the wonderful characters make up for this and makes these books very worthwhile. You get great bang for your buck as far as your credits go!

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    Pamela A. Marsh 12-02-12
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    "Funny Book about Time Travel"
    What made the experience of listening to To Say Nothing of the Dog the most enjoyable?

    The premise was silly, but the language used and the many misadventures were quite hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was funny, and had a different take on time travel than many books in this genre.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Good narration that brought across the voice of the characters, including the humor of the situation.


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

    If I had enough time!


    Any additional comments?

    It led me to listen to the rest of Claire Willis's more serious time-travel books, involving World War II in England. I felt these were well researched and were an interesting take on the historical novel.

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    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 11-02-12
    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny. Clever. Tightly-Wound. Strangely Sedate."

    For some off-beat science fiction fun, I would heartily recommend this book. The characters are sharp and colorful, the situation unique, the story is well-paced and easy to listen to, and while it feels like a stream-of-consciousness story for quite a while, you realize when it's wrapped up that the author had a firm handle on it the whole way through.

    The performance was perfectly suited to the story and characters.

    If you're looking for hard science fiction, this probably isn't for you. But if you have a sense of humor and haven't exhausted your quota of indulgence for the month, give it a try. It'll leave you smiling.

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    Karen PEORIA, AZ, United States 10-30-12
    Karen PEORIA, AZ, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too much fun! Couldn't stop listening to this one"
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    Loved this book, it was great fun. I'd read The Doomsday Book --one of my childhood favorites-- and knew Willis was a wonderful storyteller. This book couldn't be more different, but it was clever, fast-paced, and a lot of fun. It made me laugh out loud throughout, and the narration was wonderful. A tight and well-constructed story with good characters and a touch of whimsical irony... quintessentially British.

    If you tend to like British humor, grab this one, you'll love it. If not, this won't be your particular cup of Earl Grey.

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    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12
    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Charming!"

    Pseudo-historical Victorian time travel? Art-history sleuthing? Yes please!

    This book is highly entertaining! (Please sir, may I have some more??)

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    Lee Choquette Herriman, Utah 10-03-12
    Lee Choquette Herriman, Utah 10-03-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Light, fluffy time travel comedy of manners"

    Good time travel story with more emphasis on interplay between characters than on the resolution of the paradox that is de rigeur in such stories. Comedy gold in the 21st-century historian who is usually visiting WWII, but is suddenly sent to Victorian England without the proper briefing in how people are supposed to behave in that society. Whetted my interest in learning more about boating on the Thames, Coventry Cathedral, 19th century spiritualist hoaxers, etc.

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