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  • Summer Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By John Wells
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    While Blandings Castle sleeps in the summer sun, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, brother of the Earl of Emsworth, is busily engaged in writing his Reminiscences, and they look set to be as warm as the weather, if not warmer. For Galahad has led a thoroughly misspent life, and his acquaintances can all too easily recall their past follies in his company. Reputations are at stake and even the nobility and gentry are beginning to panic.

    Oddsfish says: "Great Book, Poor Sound"
    "Sound Quality and accents"
    Overall

    I've tried listening to it 3 times and had to give up before I was 1/4th through. The sound quality of the recording's quite poor, and the narrator's attempts to give everyone different accents and pitches makes it even worse. I might have been able to handle one or the other, but together it's often too difficult to make out the words.

    Hugo Carmody's the worst, insisting every vowel changes halfway through; The almost castrato Elmsworth's mearly jarring. Galahad sounds angry and curt in the middle of telling a humorous story, etc.

    I've never panned an audiobook before, but I strongly recommend not getting this one, even though I haven't been able to find any other recordings of "Summer Lightning." It's a pity though, as the story's one I like. I'd love to get another audio book of it. I also haven't found an audio book of the sequel, where Lord Tilbury of the Mammoth Publishing House, comes to Blandings after the manuscript, the title escapes me at the moment.

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