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Love Among the Chickens | [P. G. Wodehouse]

Love Among the Chickens

Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge has hit upon a foolproof plan to get rich quick: he's starting a chicken farm. Dragging his adoring wife Millie and his long-suffering friend and novelist Jeremy Garnet with him to Dorset, he begins his enterprise. Complications ensue, involving the taciturn Hired Man and his bumptious dog, supercilious chickens, irascible professors, angry creditors, and divided lovers.
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Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge has hit upon a foolproof plan to get rich quick: he's starting a chicken farm. Dragging his adoring wife Millie and his long-suffering friend and novelist Jeremy Garnet with him to Dorset, he begins his enterprise. Complications ensue, involving the taciturn Hired Man and his bumptious dog, supercilious chickens, irascible professors, angry creditors, and divided lovers.

Public Domain ©2002 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate

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    Spencer CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-13-12
    Spencer CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    What did you love best about Love Among the Chickens?

    This is a another great book by the funnest to read and funniest writer in English. On another day, I could go into the relative merits of this book to others, but there comes a point at which one is simply grateful for Wodehouse. This book strongly reinforces that sentiment in me. Perhaps there are sub-par Wodehouse books, and certainly I've enjoyed some more than others (this one is definitely towards the top of the list), but I can't be sure if isn't my own circumstances when I'm listening to the book that make the difference. Certainly, I will say this, there are no Wodehouse series that deserve to be given a miss. Blandings, Jeeves, Mulliner, Ukridge are all fantastic, each shedding light on the others. Wodehouse is a total phenomenon and must be approached as such.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Among the Chickens?

    Ukridge muttering under his breath and breaking plates just after they break into his country house, his mind motoring along at 150 km/h.


    What does Jonathan Cecil bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cecil is a master teacher in how to read Wodehouse. Above all, he demonstrates the extent to which you have to let yourself really go to read Wodehouse, and especially with Ukridge, who is a loud boisterous obstreperous sort of fellow, doncha know.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were points in this book, perhaps even more than in others, where I found myself running to sit down before I fell over laughing. This audiobook is DANGEROUSLY funny.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Suisun, CA, United States 10-21-13
    Jacqueline Suisun, CA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "My favorite Wodehouse book & recording"
    If you could sum up Love Among the Chickens in three words, what would they be?

    hilarious, memorable, silly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge. A lot of the humor comes from SFU being such an unconventional rascal, ne'er do well.


    What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

    He capably voiced different characters. Lively reading with dramatic/comedic emphasis. Cecil's performance is my favorite, I was so glad when audible added to the store. Before I had the CD audiobook and couldn't enjoy it on my iPod.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The truths in the letter from Aunt Elizabeth. It always makes me feel a bit sympathetic towards Millie Ukridge. I mean, Ukridge's rascally behavior is comical, but gosh there is something tragic in Millie being married to such a flake.


    Any additional comments?

    Wodehouse had a way with words, and Love Among the Chickens is one of his stories that is a great pick-me-up when you're in need of a laugh. It stands up to repeat listening too. Just try it old horse.

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