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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerome K. Jerome Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400181230
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Three Men on the Bummel is the story of a Victorian bicycle trip gone wrong—then wrong and wrong again!

A trio of British gentlemen attempt a cycling expedition in Germany’s Black Forest. Confusion about the differences in language and culture get them into continual trouble, whether it’s boarding a train, buying a present for an aunt, or simply trying to get safely from one place to another. Will they ever get back to their own lives—and will they really want to? Reprising the characters from Jerome’s hugely popular Three Men in a Boat, this gently humorous book will delight anyone who has ever had an unpredictable vacation.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 2/10/2014

    " Not as good as Three Men on a Boat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 2/6/2014

    " A poor sequel to the hilarious "Three Men in a Boat" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libbeth | 2/3/2014

    " I read this as an e-book on my computer at work, during breaks of course! It's a good job I am alone most of the time as it made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JackieB | 2/2/2014

    " Delightful. I may like this even more than Three men on a boat. Lots of observational humour as you would expect from Jerome K Jerome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/2/2014

    " Funny and with interesting caricatures of Germany and Germans. I also got a kick out of his thoughts on language learning-- foreigners learning English as well as Brits learning foreign languages. Many astute (although sad) observations. Light and enjoyable reading interspersed with not a few chuckles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Charmant | 1/31/2014

    " Not quite as consistently good as 3MOAB, but still loads of fun. J. and co, now mostly family men, bike through Germany; shenanigans and hijinks ensue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sweetman Sweetman | 1/12/2014

    " Well one can only have one masterpiece. This comes close to the level of "Three Men in a Boat" but slightly misses the mark. Still enjoyable, still funny. I heartily recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Leinberger | 1/10/2014

    " I found the humorous parts of this book to be even funnier than those in Boat, if that's possible, but fewer in number. I read this second and have always wondered if that affected my perception of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Kelsey | 12/26/2013

    " Not quite as clever as Three Men in a Boat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sc | 10/31/2013

    " Disappointing after 3 Men in a Boat "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zain | 10/8/2013

    " Refreshing, drags a little at times but full of hilarious impossible incidents that sends the delighted reader into fits of laughter finishing off with an extremely quotable para on the essence of a 'bummel'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stig | 7/25/2013

    " I wavered between three large stars or four small ones and finally settled for three. While not at the level of Three Men in a Boat, this sequel is entertaining and funny, though sometimes too drawn-out and episodic. The Germans don't seem to have changed much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Jewett | 7/6/2013

    " don't love this one as much as Three men in a boat, but there are still some great little stories here. Of course, it could have been improved by the inclusion of a little dog. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GA | 11/1/2012

    " Not as funny as Three Men on a Boat, but very enjoyable and amusing, though the last two chapters are quite melancholy. Published in 1900, it is extraordinarily prescient regarding the Germans' likelihood of obeying bad government leaders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 7/15/2012

    " Not as funny as the first, but still really sharp. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 5/10/2012

    " Not nearly as funny as three men on a boat, but still a good read. The description of Germans makes it totally worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenine | 6/11/2009

    " Almost as good as the men in the boat. I laughed out loud at these old jokes. And the married former bachelors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Osmosisch | 7/26/2008

    " Amusing enough but nothing too special. It's definitely funny to read a description of germans by a british author before the two great wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Black | 9/2/2007

    " Not quite as brilliantly funny from start to end as Three Men in a Boat, but still very, very funny. And with a little throwaway bit at the end when the narrator talks about his impressions of the German people that gave me chills in hindsight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 6/14/2007

    " A sequel to 'Three men in a boat', this volume takes us on a bicycle trip with J., Harris and George. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 11/25/2006

    " Not as much fun as 3 men in a boat but still very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florence Penrice | 11/10/2006

    " I love this book for the same reason that I admire Three Men on a Boat, but also found the prescient assessment of the German People interesting, given that the book was written only a short time before WW1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Steele | 8/28/2006

    " It's amazing how well Jerome's work holds up after ninety years.It's just as fresh and humorous today as it was when written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 6/17/2006

    " Funny. It is not Three Men in a Boat, but it is still full of the humor that characterized it. Definitely Jerome K. Jerome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elissa | 4/19/2006

    " Not quite as hilarious as Three Men in a Boat, but still amusing! "

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About the Author
Author Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome K. Jerome (1859–1927), English humorist, novelist, and playwright, was born in Staffordshire and brought up in London. His other books include Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel; Paul Kelver; the morality play The Passing of the Third Floor Back; and his autobiography, My Life and Times.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.