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Uncle Dynamite | [P.G. Wodehouse]

Uncle Dynamite

A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott, although being told that the love of his life, Hermione, was engaged to none other than Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did not make Bill feel like he'd been struck behind the ear. And what with the usual amount of stirring goings-on at Ashendon Manor that include biffings and black eyes and duckings in duck ponds, is there any chance that it will ever work out for poor Bill?
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A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott, although being told that the love of his life, Hermione, was engaged to none other than Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did not make Bill feel like he'd been struck behind the ear. And what with the usual amount of stirring goings-on at Ashendon Manor that include biffings and black eyes and duckings in duck ponds, is there any chance that it will ever work out for poor Bill?

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    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 02-16-08
    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 02-16-08
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    "Almost better than Jeeves"

    It may be heretical to say it, but in my opinion, the Uncle Dynamite character - aka Lord Ickenham, elderly uncle of Pongo Twistleton and one of the more infamous members of the Pelican Club - is as good as, if not better, than Jeeves or Bertie Wooster.

    Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this: in one of the Wodehouse omnibus books I have, it says that the British Wodehouse society voted the short story about Lord Ickenham, Pongo, the suburbs and a parrot Wodehouse's best story ever.

    Lord Ickenham as a character - interestingly, though there are books which use the 'Uncle Dynamite' title, he is never referred to by that name in the stories - combines the goofiness of Bertie Wooster with the creative problem-solving genius of Jeeves. This often makes for a more interesting and less-predictable story, which is good, because sometimes the Jeeves stuff starts to seem a little too formulaic.

    So whether you're a casual fan of Wodehouse (and have only read Jeeves stories up til now) or a die-hard fan who loves Wodehouse's writing but are tired of Jeeves, this is a good choice.

    (In the early 1990s, the BBC produced a radio dramatization also called 'Uncle Dynamite', starring Hugh Grant, which follows roughly the same storyline as this book, though as it was done in six parts of 30 minutes each, some of the superfluous sub-plots were left out. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available for purchase any more, at least in the UK and North America.)

    Overall: highly recommended, but only if you've read at least a bit of Wodehouse before and know you like his style.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Chicago, IL, United States 08-15-05
    Shannon Chicago, IL, United States 08-15-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Delightfully ridiculous"

    This was my first audiobook and it was a delight. I've long been a fan of the ingeniously, carefully circumscribed silliness that Wodehouse so masterfully pens. Jonathon Cecil's narration adds to the experience. He manages to create recognisably different voices for each of the nine major characters (5 men, 4 women) and his dry delivery matches up nicely with Wodehouse's prose. The story, the usual Wodehouse mismatched lovers theme, with addlepated constable, includes occasional comedic insights into American stereotypes and situations. Wodehouse fans should love this book, and those who love dry British humor will also get quite a few chuckles (and the occasional guffaw.)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 09-06-10
    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 09-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Sweetness and Light"

    Ah, here is my favorite Wodehouse hero, Uncle Fred, with Pongo along for an adventure that ranks as one of my two favorites in the Wodehouse canon. The reader is top notch as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Abhay mumbaiIndia 07-28-07
    Abhay mumbaiIndia 07-28-07
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    "to laugh out loud"

    this is one of the funniest books ever written. uncle fred is the most loveable old man in literature, with his penchant for seeking out situations that call for ingenious solutions, preferably with impersonations.
    here he is truly dynamite.
    pg wodehouse has in this book made full use of the interpretations of words by different people, his characters are drawn with sharp lines and more than a little charity.
    read it again and again.
    do not read it in public places if you are embarrassed by laughing out loud

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Penfield, NY, USA 07-16-05
    Sue Penfield, NY, USA 07-16-05
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    "More!"

    What this world (Audible) needs is More Lord Ickinham (and much more Lord Emsworth, but that is a different thing altogether)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron New York, NY, United States 11-07-08
    Ron New York, NY, United States 11-07-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Perfect Wodehouse"

    I was afraid of Wodehouse without Bertie and Jeeves, until I met Psmith. Now I'm on to Pongo Twistleton and haven't looked back. This is a tight, smart, and thoroughly satisfying listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Madeira Park, British Columbia, Canada 11-02-05
    Sharon Madeira Park, British Columbia, Canada 11-02-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Prime Wodehouse"

    Lord Ickenham is one of Wodehouse's most adorable creations. Ingenious as Jeeves and equally unflappable, he waltzes through the story with complete aplomb. He's charming, witty, rich, generous, kind, and shrewd. Any world would be greatly improved if there were only ONE more Lord I. More than one would be stupendous.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janie Oxford, MI, United States 08-18-07
    Janie Oxford, MI, United States 08-18-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved it."

    I have probably listened to this book 4 times now and it still makes me chuckle.... I love Wodehouse and this is one of the funnier ones to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Fort Worth, TX, United States 12-24-10
    Tammy Fort Worth, TX, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Still laughing...."

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Wodehouse's writing is excellent, and Jonathan Cecil does a great job of distinquishing the characters' voices. If you need a laugh, this is for you..

    I also recommend Uncle Fred in the Springtime with Cecil.

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    Sue St Louis, Mo, United States 11-13-10
    Sue St Louis, Mo, United States 11-13-10
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    "Uncle Dynamite"

    Yes, it's Uncle Fred again. Frederick, Lord Ickenham, is always causing trouble to the point where his nephew hates to entertain him at the Drone's Club. Sample dialog:
    "It's his uncle." "Dead?" "No such luck. He's coming to London."

    In this book many of Wodehouse's familiar characters are included. I love the end where Wodehouse uses the character of a big-game hunter having proper British tea oblivious to (though commenting on) a family argument of large proportions that rages around him. He is the perfect foil for the plot at that moment, and a tribute to Wodehouse's masterful plotting of his books to weave in the most amazing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jennifer
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    "So funny you will laugh till you cry"

    If you have never read a P G Wodehouse before maybe it would be better to go for a Jevees', but if you are a fan then you will love this one. It is classic Wodehouse.Very well read and easy to listern to, in fact it's hard to turn off.It's incredibly funny,and you wont be able to stop laughing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • julia
    Stow on the Wold, United Kingdom
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    "Dynamite indeed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    funny and witty as ever, Wodehouse at his best (again). It never ceases to amaze me that the same basic plots are repeated over and over in Wodehouse and yet they come fresh at you everytime.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favourite?

    Cecil can do the english local accents wonderfully, even his women sound plausible


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • m
    guisborough, United Kingdom
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    "Always entertaining"
    If you could sum up Uncle Dynamite in three words, what would they be?

    Though not as funny as some of PG's other books, it is still enjoyable and excellent to lift you into a good mood!


    What other book might you compare Uncle Dynamite to, and why?

    Any other PG Woodhouse, Because of the ability to make fun of an entire nation without being nasty!


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect for driving!

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