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Three Men In A Boat

Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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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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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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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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  • Gina V
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 04-01-19

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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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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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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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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Period Piece

Hugh Laurie sounding nothing like House! The feeling of life for the happy elite is seductive to imagine, although the author is clearly keeping a satirical point of view.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.