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

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(4.4 stars; 143 reviews)

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford.

The book was intended initially to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history of places along the route, but the humorous elements eventually took over, to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages now seem like an unnecessary distraction to the essentially comic novel. One of the most praised things about Three Men in a Boat is how undated it appears to modern readers. The jokes seem fresh and witty even today.

The three men were based on Jerome himself and two real-life friends, George, and Harris. The dog, Montmorency, however, was entirely fictional, but, as Jerome had remarked, "had much of me in it." (Summary from Wikipedia) (6 hr 38 min)


Chapter 01 22:18 Read by Geetu Melwani
Chapter 02 14:27 Read by Betsie Bush
Chapter 03 16:05 Read by Betsie Bush
Chapter 04 22:59 Read by Jim Mullins
Chapter 05 19:10 Read by Linton
Chapter 06 21:26 Read by Brooks Seveer
Chapter 07 18:00 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 08 22:38 Read by Chip
Chapter 09 19:42 Read by Chris Hughes
Chapter 10 22:37 Read by Marlo Dianne
Chapter 11 23:03 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 12 24:21 Read by Jim Mowatt
Chapter 13 28:03 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 14 21:37 Read by Matthew Walton
Chapter 15 36:08 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 16 8:31 Read by Kim Braun
Chapter 17 16:58 Read by Asaf Bartov
Chapter 18 15:45 Read by Betsie Bush
Chapter 19 24:56 Read by Peter Yearsley



(5 stars)

I read this book some time ago, and I liked it. Listening to it was so much better. I really did laugh out loud a few times. I could absolutely picture each scene and all of the scruffy details. I quite enjoyed all of the different narrators too. Thanks for the river tour!

Best story every

(5 stars)

Old J is a genius

Wonderful, Humor At Its Best

(5 stars)

Even a listen to the first chapter will give you many, many laughs. I'm surprised by how relevant the humor still is, all these years later, as he flips through a book and finds he has all but one of the diseases listed, many of them fatal, by reading the symptoms and discovering he has many of them. This book is literal comedic genius, you really need to listen to this.

Relaxing Listen

(5 stars)

This is one of the 19th Century's classic books, filled with understated and self-deprecating humor, but I read so fast that I could never enjoy it before. An audio book is the perfect way to sit back and join them on the river. The narrators were all good to excellent and the minor technical issues didn't distract.

A very funny boat trip with a dog

(4 stars)

I guess this was originally going to be a "travel log" but as written, it has that and some hilarious events. Most of the chapters had at least one amusing event and the dog was a star for funny moments.

Has humour and a poetic feel

(4 stars)

I'm enjoying hearing this book read. I has portions of humour and some of it is poetic in language and cadence. The book came recommended by a friend of mine.

(4 stars)

Very funny even by today standards. Some of the references I didn’t get but that is to be expected. The Author honestly could’ve been a pretty good standup comedian.

Ageless Humor. 😂👍🏻

(4.5 stars)

I hate multiple readers. One good reader like Karen Savage, Mark Smith, Bob Neufeld, John Greenman, Barry Eads, Kara Shellenburg or Gordon Mackenzie always appreciated.