Things on board the RMS Atlantic are terribly, terribly complicated.... Monty Bodkin loves Gertrude, who thinks he likes Lotus Blossom, a starlet who definitely adores Ambrose, who thinks that she has a thing for his brother, Reggie, who is struck by Mabel Spence, sister-in-law of Ikey Llewellyn (movie mogul, Ambrose’s prospective employer and reluctant smuggler), but hasn’t the means to marry her. With well-meaning but unhelpful ship’s steward Albert Peasemarch and a toy mouse with a screw-top head thrown in for good measure, it will, indeed, take the luck of the Bodkins to sort it all out.
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And it eliminates a major twist in one of Wodehouse's most twisted plots. Running from page175 to page 181 in the Overlook Press edition, it renders the story absolute nonsense from that point forward. Fortunately, the break in the narrative flow is so obvious, and the pause that precedes it so long, that it's hard for even a casual listener to miss.
Other than that I'm enjoying Jonathan Cecil's performance very much. It's a book I didn't like all that much when I read it several years ago. It is, I believe, Wodehouse's longest work and it does get a bit tedious on paper. But listening is a pleasure and, armed with the complete text, one can bridge over this unfortunate gap--along with any others that may crop up along the way.
Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
I really enjoy P.G.Wodehouse! He makes me laugh!! I did laugh a few times at the ridiculousness of the happenings in this story. It occurs primarily on a ship. Poor Bodkins, a rich guy, who is not the brightest bulb in the pack, but who is deeply in love with his fiance. He is trying hard to prove his worth to her Dad so they can be wed. Everybody unintentionally interferes in their relationship. Sometimes I wanted to just yell at him, to just tell her what is going on instead of listening to the ridiculous advice that his friends gave him to help him work things out, but alas, that wouldn't be Wodehouse. Thank goodness for that.
I did enjoy the story. Not sure I will make time for a relisten, but I know that some of the children will enjoy this book. This is not his best story, but certainly worth the time it takes to get through it, especially if you are a Wodehouse fan.
Jonathan Cecil does his usual excellent job of narrating.
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