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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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 "Disabled and no longer able to drive, I live with my wife and two dogs. Reading (ok, listening) helps when I can't sleep or do much else!"

Slapstick and Sentimentality

People who write about Three Men and a Boat tend to use words like \"good humoured\" and \"gentle\". In one way, the terms apply-- Jerome K. Jerome's little downriver world is full of trivialities and trifles, and the harsh wind of reality barely intrudes. But in another way, terms like \"bad-humoured\" and \"rough\" might apply just as well. The three men of the title spend the entire journey bickering, and when they tell each other anectodes-- and this novel is composed more of anectodes and digressions than plot-- their anectodes are full of people bickering, too. Don't expect any subtle observations of character or any finely turned epigrams here. The humour is of the broadest kind, mostly variations on the theme of Sod's Law. This novel is the book-length version of a man tripping up on a banana peel.

Having said all that, it's not a bad book, and I'm sure many will enjoy it more than I did. Jerome's affection for the Thames and for boating shines through, and the English flair for inventing vivid, eccentric minor characters is on show. I'm thinking especially of the sexton who breaks into tears when he can't induce a visitor to look at any of his precious parish graves. It lacks the linguistic virtuosity of Wodehouse or the fine character-painting of Diary of a Nobody, but anybody who enjoys books of that genre has a pretty good chance of enjoying Three Men in a Boat. Tom Sharpe fans, on the other hand, should try something else.
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- Maolsheachlann

Book Details

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