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. And while various attempts are made to prevent his stories seeing the light of day, none are more curious than the sensational kidnapping of Lord Emsworth’s prize-winning sow, the Empress of Blandings...
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Galahad's memoirs are the big threat and the big draw of this story. You need to get through the first few chapters where the characters are introduced to be able to fully enjoy the plot in full swing. Well worth the time at the front end for the marvelous pay off from the middle to the end.
Well, this audiobook proves that a narrator can make or break a story. I am a big fan of Wodehouse and I feel like I would have enjoyed this novel, but now I can't even bring myself to read the book because I keep hearing the narrator's version, pedantic and difficult. Listening to this took more effort than it took for the narrator to read it.
Story is your classic Wodehouse noblesse chikanry at its best - what makes this production rise above others is John Wells' peerless performance - double excellent and simply delicious!
In an earlier review I described Jonathan Cecil as the best Wodehouse narrator, but John Wells is every bit as good in Summer Lightning, sadly the only one he has recorded, as far as I know. Every character is perfect and this is Wodehouse at his best, side-splitting.
"Loved story, not performance"
Shame about the baying hyenas and limp colourless gels, what?! Over the top, shame on you.
"Hurrah for Galahad!"
This Blandings Castle story is a sunlit delight from beginning to end. The narration is good but it is really the excellent writing of Wodehouse himself that is the star here. It is great to listen to on a warm Summer's day or in the depths of winter when you need to be cheered up. A complete tonic.
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