Three Men on the Bummel reintroduces audiences to the three humorous friends from Jerome K. Jerome's earlier book, Three Men in a Boat. In this sequel, the boat is replaced with bicycles as the three men try, with many comical mishaps and misunderstandings, to navigate the German Black Forest. Grammy-nominated performer, David Case, handles the production of this audiobook, and with his sarcastic and sly delivery, the comedy hits full force. Despite having been written over 100 years ago, Jerome K. Jerome's comic tale, with help from the energetic performance of Case, remains one of the favorite English comeic novels.
Many of their humorous adventures and mishaps relate to the nuances in language and customs; one attempts to board a train unconventionally to avoid German procedures; when riding the Bummel in Dresden one butts and rolls into German passengers who, being familiar with the route know how to brace themselves and don't see the humor, "the dull lot"; another tries to buy his aunt a cushion and gets angry after he pays for it because he gets only a kiss from a young girl instead. Three Men on the Bummel is one of the most popular classics in English comic fiction.
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After enjoying Three Men On A Boat I was looking foirward to listening to this.
But this was just a sequence of rambling anecdotes loosely held together around a story.
There are certainly genuinely witty and humerous moments but in between there is more than a little boredom.
The speaker's accent wore a bit thin after a while and the audio quality was not up to the usual standard.
Overall I'm glad I persevered but I don't think I'll be coning back for seconds.
"Three Men on the Bummel"
Absolutely amazing. And if you liked it, read Three Men in a Boat. That's much better still. There is no use my praising it anymore. Jerome K. Jerome is perhaps the greatest writer of comedy of all time, and this goes without question for anyone who knows him. I have read many many writers of comedy, and trust me when I say he is among the greatest writers of all time. In his style he is king. But three men in a boat's better.
"This could have been written last year !"
Its true, people never change.
I have a lot of dealing with German people through business, and if you would not have told me the author, I would have assumed this book was written last year - not last century. The book is a pleasure to experience purely because of the authors excellent style and many diversions in the book. I have heard many say its a poor sequel to the 3 men on a boat, I'm having none of it. Its far better.
On the downside I think the narrator could have been more upbeat and put more effort into the characters. It was difficult to distinguish between Harris and George until the narrator told us who was speaking - but this was a minor point as the story outshone this.
"A little too camp, but worth it still."
However poor the performance, JKJ's words of wisdom and entertainment surmount all obstacles.
I love JKJ's writing it is always witty, entertaining and insightful
A little less camp. JKJ's writings are so good they need no embroidery, let them speak.
The narrative is innocent of hindsight and gives an affectionate and entertaining picture of Germans, on the brink of one of the worst conflicts humanity has known.
I am still quoting JKJ on my local cycling campaign Facebook page to the delight and entertainment of other members. His opinions on saddles has stood the test of a century.
"Don't think of it as a sequel"
I bought this book on the basis that Three Men In A Boat was excellent and went into it expecting something very similar. If you do that, you are likely to be disappointed.
Whilst the booked is good, I don't rate it as highly as TMIAB. There isn't as much humour and the siuations the group find themselves in are sometimes not as believable.
On top of that, the narration isn't great. David Case doesn't do the book justice and I wonder if that is part of the reason it lacked something. If they'd used either Martin Jarvis or Nigel Plainer both of which did good narrations of TMIAB then this could have been a better listen all round.
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