• Three Women and a Boat

  • By: Anne Youngson
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Three Women and a Boat

By: Anne Youngson
Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
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A hugely charming, genuinely uplifting story that shows it's never too late for new adventures and unexpected friendship - for fans of Harold Fry, Dear Mrs Bird and The Librarian.

Meet Eve, who has departed from her 30-year career to become a Free Spirit, Sally, who has waved goodbye to her indifferent husband and two grown-up children, and Anastasia: defiantly independent narrow-boat-dweller, suddenly vulnerable as she awaits a life-saving operation.

Inexperienced and ill-equipped, Sally and Eve embark upon a journey through the canals of England, guided by the remote and unsympathetic Anastasia. As they glide gently - and not so gently - through the countryside, the eccentricities and challenges of canalboat life draw them inexorably together and a tender and unforgettable story unfolds. 

Disarmingly truthful and narrated with a rare, surprising wit, Three Women and a Boat is a journey over the glorious waterways of England and into the unfathomable depths of the human heart.

©2020 Anne Youngson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Greypound
  • 02-17-21

Great read. As good as her first novel

I loved “Meet me at the Museum” (the author’s first novel). This second novel was a long time coming. It is a great story of canal boat living and brings back very happy memories of holidays in a canal boat on the Oxford Canal. The characters all have very different back stories and their future life choices are a very satisfying conclusion to the tale. Brilliantly read on audiobook.

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  • Mrs. Elizabeth H Savage
  • 12-01-20

It’s just one of those books ...

This is a captivating well written story which makes it one of those books that you will want to read again and again .I didn’t want it to end!

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  • sue Sargent
  • 11-29-20

lovely

lovely writing, enjoyed the descriptions, the characters were delightful, story line simple but very interesting

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  • Udderprivacy
  • 11-02-22

an aspirational idyl

Maybe it's because I'm perimenopausal, but I want to get a longboat immediately!Send help!

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  • Maggie Singleton
  • 07-19-22

flowing

yes. loved it. the ebb and flow. the bravery. the fear. the unfinishedness. maybe a short followup?

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  • Annette Smith
  • 05-07-22

Thoroughly enjoyed!

Uplifting, funny and warm; a celebration of female friendship. It makes you realise that it's never too late to change direction in your life!

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  • Snoopygirl
  • 03-30-22

Very entertaining and thoughtful

I really have enjoyed this boat, a change from the usual and desperate to know how things go, please write a sequel Ann Youngson as it needs one to know how it pans out. Helen Lloyd was outstanding on narration. The characters all come alive on the stage in the mind.
Unfortunately there are no more books on audible so I am even more eager to find three plus one women on a boat plus two men and a dog.

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  • JanTipton
  • 09-02-21

women changing mundane

love this story of two women who's lives are changed by another who will not change ! lovely easily followed story .

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  • Sue
  • 09-18-21

Enjoyable

Enjoyed this story. Highly relateable characters having a midlife crisis. England’s canal network bought to life by the characters. Narrations is excellent