• Three Men in a Boat

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-06-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (106 ratings)


Three Men in a Boat is one of the most amusing and durable books in the English language. Semi-autobiographical, it recounts the adventures and mishaps of George, Harris, J. (the author), and his remarkable dog Montmorency during a boat trip along the Thames from London to Oxford. Jerome K. Jerome originally intended the book to be a guide to the Thames Valley, but his publisher thought it so entertaining it was published as a comic novel and has endured as a classic of the genre ever since. Wonderfully light and surprisingly modern in tone, the sense of fun is irrepressible, the enjoyment unstoppable. Real laugh-out-loud stuff, masterfully narrated by Hugh Laurie.
(P)2003 CSA Telltapes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-10-06

The Classic English Reminiscence

Three Men in a Boat is an all-time classic, and one that has entertained my whole family for decades. We first heard it from my father's reading it to us, and then via a tape borrowed time and time again from the mobile library. I don't know how Hugh Laurie manages to read it without collapsing into fits of mirth (or perhaps he did and they had to cut hours out of the recording?) but he has the perfect voice and delivery for the perfect English period memoir. One step down the social ladder from Bertie Wooster, Jerome K Jerome is nevertheless an upper-class idler, with too much time on his hands and a dry humour that will appeal to many. Its only fault is an occasional tendency to lapse into very purple prose, but we can forgive him anything for such classic memories as those of the delightful Uncle Podger.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 10-08-07

Better than reading it

Hugh Laurie's skill is to be the character whose words he's reading, and his ability to pick up on the classic, dry English understatement in this book is masterful. I didn't realise how pompous yet drole Harris was until listening to this version. This is flawless reading, timed to perfection, nuanced, subtle, funny, always appropriate, a joy to listen to. I was disappointed when I realised the last sentence had been read, and would almost have started again from the beginning if I didn't have a list of titles to work through. Couldn't recommend this more for anyone who wants to be taken back to the late 19th century, with its slower pace of life, and time for 'strolling' down the street (or river) with friends.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. T. R. Semple on 01-02-18

Possibly the perfect audiobook

Would you listen to Three Men in a Boat again? Why?

I've read TMiaB more times than I can possibly count and plan the read it and listen to it many more, truly bears repetition.

What does Hugh Laurie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It feels like Hugh Laurie was born to read the character of J, you'd miss out on his absolutely perfect voicing of the role.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Cariola on 28-07-09

Not as Hilarious as I Was Led to Believe

by bookloving friends who recommended it. Three bumblers (and a dog) decide to take a barge trip down the Thames and run into a series of mishaps and misadventures. Hugh Laurie's superb narration makes it somewhat worth listinging to.

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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