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Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a ‘T’. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks – not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.’s small fox-terrier Montmorency.

Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian ‘clerking classes’, it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.

©2011 Talking Classics (P)2011 De Agostini UK 2010

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This is an abridged version

The original version of "Three Men in a Boat" contains many more musings about history, country side and the meaning of life.

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Heavily Abridged

Hugh Laurie's narration is fantastic, but be warned that this edition is heavily abridged: it's missing about half of the text. I wouldn't have bought it had I known this. Many of my favorite passages from the book are missing.

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Pick Steven Crossley's version

Hugh Laurie did a good job. There were quite a few good moments that are missing from this abridged version.

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Utterly joyful, a jolly good ride

The river of life, really, is the theme told through this hilarious short river adventure of three dignified older English gentlemen and a dog. Hugh Laurie’s narration is captivating, giving life to little known author Jerome’s wit and witticisms of British life and manners. I’d swear John Cleese and friends were on deck. Not to be missed, and I’m so glad I didn’t!

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Completely enjoyable

This is a story of three men in questionable times. It is funny. With a humorous bent that is soooo lacking in most current books. Very enjoyable.

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Love Hughes Laurie reading this English classic

Love Hughes Laurie reading this English comedy classic gold. Very British indeed. They could be the Kardashians

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Brilliant narration of a dull, dull book

I know how much of a classic this is, but Three Men is a tedious book. There is nothing I like about it. Laurie's narration is, however, fantastic. The peak was the gloomy, forlorn performance of "two black eyes". I actually giggled, at long last.

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Maybe I missed something.

I'd heard so much about this book so I figured I'd try it out. It tried from the get-go to be funny, and occasionally succeeded. Three men, at turns lazy and incompetent but not unlikable set off for a two week boating trip. The flowery description parts were flowery and descriptive, the 'humorous interludes' were sometimes fun in a satirical way. It was surprisingly relate-able while still being a period piece. Short enough that I might give it another listen, but I'm still not certain why it's so well regarded.

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Witty- especially in the beginning.

You really can't go wrong with Mr. Laurie, and his quirky humor is well matched in the story line. It is very funny or silly at times. Reminds me of Jeeves and Wooster. I wish he narrated more books!

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Rip roaring comedy

Brilliant rendering by Hugh Laurie. My best scene would be , where he explains how the stomach controls the brain.

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  • Brooksies
  • 09-29-14

A trip along the Thames with Hugh Laurie

I never read this book before but have obviously heard about it so when I saw Hugh Laurie was the narrator I thought I don't have any excuse not to listen to this. I am glad I did. It's a wonderful plunge in a bygone society where three hypochondriacs and a dog go on a trip on the Thames. Jerome K Jerome really describes the scenery very well and it gives you an insight into what gentlemen used to get up to. Hugh Laurie is wonderful as always and the perfect person to read this book with his Cambridge accent. Enjoyed it immensly.

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  • Barty
  • 08-14-18

wonderful

I have listened to this book it must be 20 times, Hugh Laurie is amazing, without doubt the best version

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  • Matthew
  • 04-01-16

excellent

the best audio version, makes me hoot with laughter every time I hear it. 10/10 on all accounts.

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  • Captain Birdseye
  • 04-03-21

Got this on repeat to get me through hard times

A wonderful 'Blackadder' esque performance from Hugh Laurie. I've used this book to send myself to sleep in these difficult times. The piano interludes between chapters are soothing.

It's worth noting that this is an abridged version of Three Men coming in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, full performances of this book tend to be about 6 hours so get unabridged if you want a longer experience.

That said a lot of fluff from the book is cut out in this version so the story isn't necessarily worse off for being shorter and focusing on the humour.

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  • Peter Eustance
  • 01-04-21

Hugh Laurie's perfect Novel to Perform

If Jerome K Jerome could have foreseen Audible then he would have been delighted that Hugh Laurie would narrate his book! in the similar vein to Jeeves and Wooster he did an excellent job and whilst it is a short book of 2.5 hours it flew by with excellent narration. If you know the Thames it makes an interesting view of the area and I really enjoyed this book

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  • Jonathan Miles
  • 06-25-20

Classic gentle comedy.

I enjoyed this tale. Here is to three men in a boat and there dog Montmorency. A very relaxing listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-28-19

Hugh Laurie is a godsend

Hugh Laurie is a fantastic choice of narrator for this Jerome K Jerome Classic! Brilliant!

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  • Louise
  • 06-20-20

Timeless hilarity

This is a great book and never gets old. Hugh Laurie is perfect as narrator for this classic tale.

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  • Peter A Yates
  • 06-24-18

Cut to Pieces

Dear editors: it is not about the story...a to b...it is about the language and the absurdity. so why cut so much language and absurdity out? I am returning this edition.

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  • Denny R.
  • 07-06-17

A gorgeous, funny tale told by Hugh Laurie.

Jerome K Jerome's wonderfully funny tale of three men and a dog going on a river holiday is rendered perfectly by Hugh Laurie. He captures the deluded optimism, the ineptness and the trials of three friends who have scant idea of what they are doing. I could listen to this beloved classic over and over.

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  • Jenny
  • 02-16-16

interesting

Great choice of narrator. Humorous in parts, a bit dreary in others. Glad a chose to listen to it rather than read the book.