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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome tells the story of three friends and their dog after they decide to take a boating trip along the Thames River. Taking a boat along the river was a popular way to spend a few days at the time, but most people who indulged in the activity probably didn't have as adventurous a time as J, George, Harris, and Montmorency the fox terrier when they came upon the perfect way (at least, it seems like this at the time) to spend their summer holidays.

Suffering from a severe case of overwork, even though each of them avoid the activity as much as possible, they hire a boat and travel along the river between Kingston and Oxford. As they travel along, past picturesque little towns and villages, they marvel at the loveliness of the English countryside in the summer. Their journey is not without incident, however, and it soon becomes clear that these four are as adept at boating as they are at any other type of manual labor, and when the weather takes a turn for the worse they decide that their days of strange food concoctions, poor banjo playing, and swan fighting must come to an end.

The book was published in 1889 and was originally meant to be a travel guide for that particular part of the Thames, but it soon took on a more comedic tone and to this day it regularly appears in top 100 lists of the funniest books of all time.

©2015 A.R.N. Publications (P)2015 A.R.N. Publications

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  • 28-06-2020

David McCallion, narrator, version.

This is THE one to get! Listenable, and lets you get the jokes without an elbow to your ribs! Subtle and modern sounding, delivered with restraint. My all-time favorite, for suddenly knocking me off my chair laughing, and that’s not all. It was only available for ordering on iPad. Not desktop or iPhone. ?

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  • Ron
  • 21-05-2018

may be better than Wodehouse

This is may be the most comical book I have ever listened to. having a hard time deciding between Wooster and Jeeves and this but if you like Wodehouse you will enjoy this immensely.

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  • Alexander
  • 12-03-2015

Great story, unsuitable performance

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

Yes, but not this performance, sorry.

What aspect of David McCallion’s performance would you have changed?

I liked David’s voice very much in ‘Treasure Island’, there it was just perfect. I wouldn’t say so about this story.

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  • Jezza
  • 15-04-2019

Boring narration

Poorly read. Very disappointed. Have always loved this story. A favourite in our family as kids.

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