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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Jan. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ81QE
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Three Men in a Boat Audiobook – Unabridged
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Jeremy Nicholas's career has been based almost entirely on this one author and he went on to become the President of the Jerome K Jerome Society. I never forgot that performance and it gave me a taste for Jerome K Jerome and his stories.
It was not until three decades later that I encountered this unabridged rendition of this classic story by Martin Jarvis whose name will be instantly familiar to listeners of the 'Just William' and 'Jeeves and Wooster' audiobooks. Martin's comic delivery, animated style and energetic story-telling ability is strongly reminiscent of that of Jeremy Nicholas and for this reason I can heartily recommend this recording.
This recording is, of course, the unabridged version which I much prefer. However, to tell this tale requires 6 CDs and over six-and-a-half hours of listening time. It may be long but it is never boring. It is a complex and steadily evolving adventure story about a boat trip up part of the River Thames. For the most part it is full of humour but it does have its darker moments.
The recording is supplied with a small, 12-page booklet that describes the content of each of the six CDs and also contains a mini biography of Jerome K Jerome and how he came to write Three Men in a Boat.
The psychological, social and material observations still ring true today and I laughed out loud at very nearly all of them. Where this book lost me was in its historical and geographical tour guide of the Thames. While it's good to learn some history, there is an assumption of prior knowledge that passes over the head of the reader not aquainted with the Thames and it does so at length.
If you want to read this as a travel book with some humour, then it's ideal. If you buy it because the blurb sounds like it might be solely comedic then you'll be disappointed. It's a brief and enjoyable read nonetheless, but be prepared for the difference between book and publisher's description.
This annotated version contains detailed notes about all the places the three men visit on their trip, and explanations of references that may be obscure to the modern reader. If you didn't know what Sandford & Merton was, or a shilling shocker, or if you wanted to know what the Alhambra music hall was like, or why Wallingford Lock was done away with, you can find out in this book. It is lavishly illustrated throughout with both ddrawing and black and white photographs, so you can see what Henley Regatt was like in the 1880s for instance, or what a Victorian steam-launch looked like.
Absolutely anything you could possibly want to know about 'Three Men In A Boat' can be found in this comprehensive edition.