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Aunts Aren't Gentlemen | [P.G. Wodehouse]

Aunts Aren't Gentlemen

On doctor's orders, Bertie Wooster retires to sample the bucolic delights of Maiden Eggesford. But his idyll is rudely shattered by Aunt Dahlia who wants him to nobble a racehorse. Similar blots on Bertie's horizon come in the shape of Major Plank, the African explorer, Vanessa Cook, proud beauty and 'moulder of men', and Orlo Porter, who seems to have nothing else to do but to think of sundering Bertie's head from his body.
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Publisher's Summary

On doctor's orders, Bertie Wooster retires to sample the bucolic delights of Maiden Eggesford. But his idyll is rudely shattered by Aunt Dahlia who wants him to nobble a racehorse. Similar blots on Bertie's horizon come in the shape of Major Plank, the African explorer, Vanessa Cook, proud beauty and 'moulder of men', and Orlo Porter, who seems to have nothing else to do but to think of sundering Bertie's head from his body.

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    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 10-03-08
    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 10-03-08
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    "Always entertaining! Excellent Narration"

    I am hooked on these P.G. Wodehouse titles, and this one is very light and entertaining, as anticipated. Wonderful narration!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Davis, CA, United States 12-22-11
    Judith Davis, CA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2006
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    "The Best Wodehouse Narrator"

    I enjoy P.G. Wodehouse and Wooster and Jeeves for a light humorous listen. Some narrators are not suited to these characters. But Jonathan Cecil is very good. I highly recommend his version of these books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Sebring, FL, United States 02-10-11
    Sharon Sebring, FL, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Hilarious!"

    P.G. Wodehouse's funny and entertaining novel is perfectly performed by Jonathan Cecil. He definitely makes Wodehouse's comedy sparkle. I recommend it 100 percent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 04-13-09
    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 04-13-09

    Sheila

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    "Utterly charming"

    One of the most entertaining and delightful renderings of Wodehouse. The narrator doesn't miss an iota of the wit and charm of the work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 01-15-13
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bertie's exits gracefully"

    I got the book a couple of years ago during a Jeeves-and-Wooster phase, which ended before I'd gotten around to listening to this one. Needing a smaller work to fill some time, I decided to polish off "Aunts" recently, finding it worked out well. The Jeeves canon stories build on each other, so this final one would work best for fans of the series; there's some of the old slapstick adventure, but it has the feel of a finale to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-12-12
    Edward Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2010

    I write on economics, history and politics. I read/listen to feed my pen. I enjoy great narration more than music,, movies or tv.

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    "Golden age of narration"
    Where does Aunts Aren't Gentlemen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Everything I've read by Wodhouse is superior comic fiction. Aunts ranks with the others. Excellence is the mean.


    What other book might you compare Aunts Aren't Gentlemen to and why?

    At opposite extremes of genre, 'On The Road' by Kerouac is comparable for richness of language and simile


    What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

    Cecil is one of the master performers in a golden age of naration. The ability to jump about among characters of different sexes, ages, ethnicities and backgrounds at a speed near that of silent reading is astounding.


    If you could take any character from Aunts Aren't Gentlemen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bertie, because he could be bullied into picking up the tab.


    Any additional comments?

    American narrators seem to be a sort of second string who couldn't make it on television and settled for second best. British narrators appear to be specialists who love their art. If I am wrong then show me an American who can compete with Mr. Cecil, Miss May or Mr. Davidson. I am a patriotic American writing without prejudice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deedria Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-10-12
    Deedria Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Jonathan Cecil is always good reading Wodehouse"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Aunts Aren't Gentlemen to be better than the print version?

    No - I love the print version, but it is so wondeful to be able to listen to a good book while doing boring chores.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - he's consistenlty excellent.


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

    If you can listen to Wodehouse without laughing, go to the doctor - your funny bone is broken


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Johannesburg, South Africa 11-22-11
    Dan Johannesburg, South Africa 11-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Brilliant"

    Virtuoso performance. Narrator understands the humour and delivers with perfect timing. I look forward to hearing any other book he performs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Isobel Mosman, Australia 07-07-11
    Isobel Mosman, Australia 07-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Belly-Laugh Book"

    Thoroughly enjoyable listening with many laughs. Found myself using some of Bertie's expressions - unintentionally - but what an entertaining writer Wodehouse was.

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    peggy bourque 05-16-15
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    "too short?"

    I can't put my finger on why this has been one of my least favs... Maybe that it is 2 hrs shorter? PGW's skill is word crafting. And anything ornate takes more work and time not less. That's my guess as to what was lacking... embellishment...

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  • Tom
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    5/31/10
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    "Great Fun"

    I love listening to P G Wodehouse's books. You really appreciate the stunning quality of his writing, and you can savour the daftness of his meticulously plotted stories. And they always cheer me up with their gentle humour.

    Aunts aren't Gentlemen is I think one of the later Jeeves stories and if truth be told it doesn't quite reach the heights of the earlier works. But it's still pretty good.

    Jonathan Cecil might have been born to narrate these books. He is superb and brings P G Wodehouse's fantastic invention to life. The recording was made a long time ago so sound quality is not the best but you get used to it quickly.

    Treat yourself to 4-5 hours of fun and escape!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Janejane_jane
    6/11/15
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    "Pg Wodehouse perfection"

    Absolutely fantastic. A masterpiece. The tales of Bertie and Jeeves are wonderful. Bertie teaches us that it is enough to be kind. I have every Jeeves and Wooster narrated by Jonathan Cecil. He reads these perfect stories perfectly and this combination (in my mind) makes the world better. Listen to them all without delay!

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    "Wonderful Wodehouse"

    A fitting final chapter to the Wodehouse/Wooster canon, sensational reading from Cecil the definitive narrator. Great characters, especially Plank and of course the cat who kept popping up when least expected.

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