Three Men in a Boat : Three Men

  • by Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by Ian Carmichael
  • Series: Three Men
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Harris, George, and J. are three Victorian idlers. They decide a change of scene is called for from their usual lethargic routine. And why not a trip up the Thames in an open boat? They soon realise their idyll isn't quite what they bargained for.

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A Review of this version of the book!

This book is superbly read by Ian Carmichael, not Hugh Laurie as stated by another reviewer!

A terrifically well written and funny period piece - in no way slapstick, it's humour is based upon language and anecdote and I found it an easy and delightful book to listen to.

Please at least get the narrator right before commentating on a recording.
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- C. J. Lansdown

A very Victorian boat trip

Having read this book quite a number of years ago and the remembrance of enjoyment, it was with hesitation that I took up the audio book. It's always a danger of having a poor impression, not because of the quality of the writing or reading but because it is not read in the same "voice" that you read to yourself in your head.

It was however a joy to "read". Ian Carmichael so very much captures the language and keeps the flow of the story running like a comfortable chat by the fire in the gentleman's club.

I was taken aback by some reviews that make comments such as "Slapstick and Sentimentality" when there was little if any of either. The story makes most of its humour from what is read between the lines and not said outright. The story teller is trying to embellish a story to make themselves look good and pass on advice but the audience (you and I) sees through this to what is really going on and it is this that is funny.

The joy of this book is in the language, the phrasing and the ability to create a picture precisely what is taking place and carry you along with it with a smile on your face.
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- Brad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-01-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios