Joey Cooley is a golden-curled child film star, the idol of American motherhood. Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot, is a boxing blue on a mission to save his wayward cousin from the fleshpots of Hollywood. Both are under anaesthetic at the dentists when something strange happens - and their identities are swapped. Suddenly Joey can use his six-foot frame to get his own back on his Hollywood persecutors. But Reggie has to endure everything Joey had to put up with in the horrible life of a child star - including kidnap. Laughing Gas is Wodehouse’s brilliantly funny take on the 'If I were you' theme - a wry look at the dangers of getting what you wish for in the movie business and beyond.
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I have only heard Laughing Gas, never read it, so I could not compare the print version with the audio. I love the way Jonathan Cecil reads this, though.
Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot is probably my favorite character.
But Cecil performs Eggy really well. I also like the way he portrays the kid, Joey Cooley.
Definitely, Lord Havershot
Wodehouse's plots are silly, but his use of language is unbeatable.
"Great narration by Jonathan Cecil"
The narration by Jonathan Cecil was really very good, and sounded just like I would have read it in my head. The book itself is very good - by any other author I might have given it five stars, but I didn't think it quite lived up to Wodehouse's heights
His 'voices' were great.
"Not the best PG Wodehouse"
no...this is a mild mannered comedy based on a great idea but somehow not really coming together as well as it usually does. It is well read though
Yes because I have read many of his books
There was no one scene that really stood out
If you are a PGW fan you will be disappointed. If you are new to him this is not the best book to try!
Extremely funny story. Impeccable performance! Absolutely enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone I know.
Narrator very well matched to the writing style! Made the journey to work so much more fun!!
"A Wodehouse treat"
I was always under the impression that Plum's time in Hollywood was regarded as a failure for screenwriting , but on the back of his he left them with he concept of body swapping situations, a concept used again and again in Hollywood movies. This story is full of classic Wodehouse language, a delight and amusing to listen to, having myself not ventured past Jeeves and Blandings would recommend this to listen to. Jonathan Cecil gets the tone spot on.
With no Bertie Wooster and with no Martin Jarvis, it just didn't fly for me.
"A fund book"
I haven't read the print version, but I think Jonathan Cecil's narration is so entertaining that it brought the book to life.
I love his different voices and he made the characters real.
I haven't read PG Wodehouse before. This was an excellent introduction. A fun, enjoyable story.
Really enjoyed the amusing farce. The reader was perfection. Language of the time used brilliantly to demonstrate how words and their meanings change over time
great book well read. i will buy more from this author and from this narrator.
"Spiffin' don't yer know?"
Typical PG Wodehouse, a lovely tale of swapped identities, and ensuing chaos. Plenty of fun. I loved it
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