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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Serenity Publishers, LLC (February 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604506350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604506358
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerome K. Jerome (1859–1927), an English novelist, playwright, and actor, is best known as a humorist. His books include On the Stage and Off and his widely acclaimed Three Men in a Boat.

A highly respected and enthusiastic audiobook narrator, David Case specialized in creating unique and interesting character voices. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Unfortunetly I can not praise it.
R. Lowther
Thought he would enjoy Jerome K. Jerome as he is an Anglophile.
Virginia
Both books are highly entertaining, and well worth the read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K Scheffler on January 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book--which I assume is a fictionalized account of an actual journay--after having spent a year in Germany and I bemused by the fact that the Germans that Jerome K. Jerome characterizes in this book (published in 1900) are very similar to those of the present day. Added to this, is the fact that the book is mainly set in the Black Forest region of Germany, which is where I stayed. So not only was this book humorous and entertaining, it rekindled fond memories as well. The writing I fear will disillusion the more casual reader, but for those who have the inclination, this book is a very worthwhile read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neurasthenic TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this book both because I, like so many, was delighted with Jerome K. Jerome's earlier book, Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog...), and because this sequel has the reputation of being a "bicycle book," a genre I often enjoy. In both regards I was slightly disappointed. Though entertaining, Bummel is not as funny as Three Men in a Boat, and though the protagonists in Bummel do travel in part by bicycle, the book is mostly a discussion of the process of planning a trip, and of the German cities they visited.

As with Three Men in a Boat, this book seems thoroughly modern in tone and style of humor. Jerome K. Jerome is particularly fond of comical exaggeration of the sort that would seem totally natural on a television sitcom today. After a mistake involving somebody else's bicycle, and a run-in with the authorities, he summarizes "My going scot free is regarded in police circles there to this day as a grave miscarriage of justice."
Portions read much like Douglas Adams ("I wish no one to read this book under a misapprehension. There will be no useful information in this book.") and others like John Cleese in Fawlty Towers (a discussion of an English shopkeeper frustrated when the protagonists, as a prank, pretend not to be able to speak English). The material near the start of the book about the friends and their wives is all quite funny, and thoroughly modern in the way the women effortlessly outsmart the men. The discussions of stereotypical German behavior are remarkable mostly for how little such stereotypes have changed. Germans were, 120 years ago and today, thought to be officious and compulsive in following rules.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dickenslover on December 25, 2012
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Jerome K. Jerome has done it again! Since I read Three Men in a Boat, I have become addicted to the witty nature & hilarious narrative of Jerome K. Jerome. Three Men on the Bummel is equally funny as it depicts the "three amigos" traveling through Germany with the hysterical commentary of Jerome. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 9, 2004
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Three Men On The Bummel is Jerome K. Jerome rollicking story of three late-Victorian gentlemen on a cycling tour in Germany's Black Forest. This long out of print comic classic of English literature is now finally available in a complete and unabridged audiobook format (6 CDs, 6 hours, 56 minutes) enhanced with a superb narration by David Case. School and community are encouraged to send for the free Tantor Media catalog for a complete listing of their unabridged literary classics of popular fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BAW on February 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Three Englismen decide to go on holiday in Germany. They plan to take their bicycles; they will travel by train between the major cities and do day trips by bike. What could possibly go wrong?

The answer is EVERYTHING! You will laugh yourself sick.

I'm surprised that this hasn't been made into a film or a TV series; get some of the guys from Monty Python, or the guys who played James, Tristan and Sigfried on "All Creatures Great & Small".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon User from Texas on June 6, 2010
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This book is a long time favorite of mine and to have it so conveniently packaged on Playaway is such a luxury. Can now laugh out loud even at the gym! Would like to see more of the David Case(records under several names) recordings available on Playaway. If you haven't encountered this book in ANY format---do so quickly----you are missing a treat and a world of happy memories.
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Strictly by chance, I happened on Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men In A Boat. Having spent almost five years in England when I was a teenager, I love to read about the country and it's people. Three Men In A Boat is a very funny book. When I found Three Men on the Bummel, I was as delighted with it as I was with the "Boat" book. When I first went to England, at age sixteen, I wasn't aware of how subtle and out loud funny British humor can be. It took me a little while to "get" it, but when I did, I was hooked. Jerome's almost subliminal sarcasm is priceless. The same "three men" in the first book, are the same three who go on another holiday, and muddle through the same sort of adventures, all quite unplanned and unexpected. Picture Sherlock Holmes plopped into the 70's Height Ashbury scene. Both books are highly entertaining, and well worth the read.
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By Andrew on April 14, 2014
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We were a bit doubtful when we read some of the critical reviews that compared it unfavourably with Three Men in a Boat. But we went ahead and I read this aloud to an appreciative audience. I am so glad I did. This is a very funny book and quite fascinating if you follow up some of the passages with a little light research of your own ... So easy to do with the Internet. We read with 100 years of hindsight, which casts a different light on the text. Loved it... Giving it to a friend.
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