Book review: Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat
(To Say Nothing of the Dog)

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Author:
Jerome K. Jerome
Narrator:
Steven Crossley

Published in:
1889

Length:
6h44
Tantor Media

Genre:
Classics
Humor/Comedy/Adventure

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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After listening to The Phantom of the Opera, I could not choose a more different book. Three Men in a Boat totally hilarious, a bit in the style of P.G. Wodehouse.

It is so funny from the very beginning. Though it was written in 1889, it is still very relevant today: indeed, have you not one day looked up on internet about various symptoms you thought you had and discovered you were affected by the worst disease possible? This is what happens to one of our three heroes, or rather anti-heroes.
Fortunately, his wise doctor encourages him to have an enjoyable rest, which he ends up spending on the river with his chaps, and his very wise and human dog Montmorency.

Every step of the journey (starting with the preparation of their expedition) is so funny! If you are honest with yourself, it will probably remind you of some comparable experience if you have ever tried to go camping.

I laughed out loud so many times listening to this book!

Depending on the narrator, listening to P.G. Wodehouse can end up being a challenge for me. But Crossley was very easy to understand and I really enjoyed the seriousness of his tone (adding to the humor of many scenes), as well as the variety of voices he uses for each of the guys, to say nothing of the dog, lol!

VERDICT: Totally hilarious! A short classic you absolutely need to read or even listen to.

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I downloaded this audiobook from Hoopla, through my public library.

This book counted for these Reading Challenges

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8 thoughts on “Book review: Three Men in a Boat

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  3. I can only imagine. The author’s name is even fun to say. I’ve only read a collection of short stories by JKJ…and they were thoroughly enjoyable.

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  4. So glad you enjoyed this. I loved it as well. I’d forgotten about the scene of his looking up his medical symptoms, but the comparison of that to searching symptoms on the Internet is so true.

    I’ll have to re-read this novel again in a few years I think.

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