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Summer Lightning | [P. G. Wodehouse]

Summer Lightning

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.
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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.

©Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)1997 Chivers Audio Books

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    Oddsfish United States 08-15-11
    Oddsfish United States 08-15-11
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    "Great Book, Poor Sound"

    I will agree with the other reviewers that the sound quality and narration for Summer Lightning are both sub-par. I often found myself missing phrases and more often found myself cringing at the narrator's high pitched voices, particular the women's voices in this story. I didn't find the sound, however, to be so bad as to ruin the book for me. Summer Lightning features a fantastic, looping plot and is just brimming with wit. Listening to this version of it takes a little more work that the normal audio book does (and should), and hopefully some version will be put out eventually to replace it. But Wodehouse fans shouldn't miss Summer Lightning, even if it takes suffering the less pleasant aspects of this recording to do so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia ARLINGTON, VA, United States 09-01-10
    Patricia ARLINGTON, VA, United States 09-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story marred by wretched narration"

    An otherwise delightful tale is marred by the painfully twee voices, particularly Lord Emsworth's, which sounds like that of an elderly female invalid. The straight narration, as opposed to the dialogue, had an up tempo wry quality which I found enjoyable, but the overdone hammy voices ruined it for me. I listened to the end, because it's Wodehouse, after all, but I rejoiced when the end came.

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    Neil Cambridge, MA, USA 11-03-09
    Neil Cambridge, MA, USA 11-03-09
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    "Sound Quality and accents"

    I've tried listening to it 3 times and had to give up before I was 1/4th through. The sound quality of the recording's quite poor, and the narrator's attempts to give everyone different accents and pitches makes it even worse. I might have been able to handle one or the other, but together it's often too difficult to make out the words.

    Hugo Carmody's the worst, insisting every vowel changes halfway through; The almost castrato Elmsworth's mearly jarring. Galahad sounds angry and curt in the middle of telling a humorous story, etc.

    I've never panned an audiobook before, but I strongly recommend not getting this one, even though I haven't been able to find any other recordings of "Summer Lightning." It's a pity though, as the story's one I like. I'd love to get another audio book of it. I also haven't found an audio book of the sequel, where Lord Tilbury of the Mammoth Publishing House, comes to Blandings after the manuscript, the title escapes me at the moment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C.M. Austin, TX, United States 02-12-13
    C.M. Austin, TX, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2005
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    "The narration was hurting my ears after 5 minutes"

    Apologies to the narrator, but the director should have asked for voices of people. It sounds like the instruction was for a children's book of forest friends. If you've listened with joy to Wodehouse for years -- do not try this version! Had to stop and get another book of narrated by J. Cecil. I gave the story 4 stars anticipating Wodehouse came through again.

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    Scott pacific northwest, u.s. 08-23-11
    Scott pacific northwest, u.s. 08-23-11 Member Since 2004

    still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.

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    "lovely wodehouse"

    great stuff, as usual. i can't figure out if i like the jeeves and wooster series or the blandings saga more. hmmm ... note to self: read/listen-to more wodehouse :}

    that said, audible just released this same book with the same narrator:

    AUDIOBOOK
    Summer Lightning
    UNABRIDGED

    By P. G. Wodehouse
    Narrated by John Wells
    Length:7 hrs and 25 mins
    Release Date:08-22-11

    a slip?

    there are a couple of titles ('heavy weather' and 'pigs have wings') which are only available here 'abridged' for the moment. i believe there is an unabridged version out there.

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    "I Say - Top Hole And All That, What"

    I have never read any P.G. Wodehouse so this was a step into the unknown and I must say a most pleasant step. The book is witty and charming with some laugh out loud moments that woke my husband from his slumbers. Great characters, entertaining plot and ever so slightly barking mad in places.
    Hats off to John Wells, the audiobook reader, who made the characters clear, distinct and easy to recognise. The audio quality remains crisp throughout, with the only discernable changes in voice at the start of a few chapters, never mid flow. All in all a real joy to listen to and I have already lined up my next P.G. Wodehouse. Go on treat yourself to some good old fashioned comedy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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