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"Hilarious....Jonathan Cecil succeeds all around, reading expressively and slowly....Immensely enjoyable listening." (AudioFile)
Uncle Fred is one of Wodehouse's most engaging characters. Uncle Fred in the Springtime is one of his best books. And Jonathan Cecil's performance is does full justice to them both.
First, there is Cecil's ability to give each character a distinctive (and appropriate) vocal portrayal. Then there is his consistency in those portrayals. Add his ability to get every nuance out of every line and you have a full hand.
But wait, there's more. This is simply one of the best books in the Wodehouse canon. Start with a plot so tangled it may take a few listens to get it fixed in your mind (fear not; this is a story and a reading that gets better with every hearing). Add those various situations--from a Zulu warrior wedged into a phone booth to a spot of indoor artillery practice--that could only happen in the world according to Wodehouse. And to top it all off, there's Uncle Fred, his jumpy nephew Pongo and the lovely, lissom Polly Pott, crashing the exclusive gates of Blandings Castle posing as...
Well, you'll just have to listen.
Added goose: unlike some of the Wodehouse offered by Audible, this recording is crystal clear.
I never listen or read a book more than once, BUT this one I can't stop playing and giggling or just plain laughing at.The Duke and his egg bit is hilarious. The pig bit had me ROFLM brains out. Great read and tons of fun and laughs
The reading of this classic Wodehouse book is a delight! As a Wodehouse fan, I have often been disappointed by the manner in which these delightful tales have been read on audio editions. I experienced no such disappointment with this particular edition. Jonathan Cecil executes the reading superbly and displays a masterful understanding of the nuances of this farcical writing style. Cecil is quite astounding in his ability to clearly create each of the characters with his voice alone. His reading is absolutely spot-on!
The storyline is a typically convoluted Wodehouse script with the characters being lead through a maze of comical, topsy-turvy situations. No-one can describe the eccentric English aristocracy quite like Wodehouse. The characters, who dance their way through this tale of love, onion soup bars, pigs, daffy dukes, eccentric earls, agonizing aunts, private detectives and bad-tempered poets, provide many a laugh. This book is a delight from beginning to extraordinary conclusion.
So, whether you are a confirmed fan of Wodehhouse or a newcomer to this author and style, I know you will love this fabulous Audible edition of "Uncle Fred in the Springtime". Do yourself a favour and immerse yourself in the amusing world of Wodehouse.
i like books. i like reading and i like audio books also. I wish they could be combined. i want to see the words lit up as they are read
Uncle Fred is my favourite Wodehouse character. Anyone that likes Wodehouse should enjoy this book.
He appears in a few novels and short stories.
I enjoy PG Wodehouse immensely. This particular story is not my favorite. I think it's just too much of the same thing. Uncle Fred is pretending to be Roderick Glossup and he keeps running into people who know he's not Roderick Glossup and his story changes for each person.
I would listen again, as the story is so comical and the prose delightful.
Witty and entertaining.
Cecil is a wonderful narrator. His seamless voice changes between characters are flawless, so that you are caught up in the story.
Jonathan Cecil brings this book to life with his many voices and expressive reading. With its twists and turns, unlikely happenings that always seem to happen in PG Wodehouse's books and the wonderful narration this book had me laughing out loud much to the consternation of my family. When I had it playing out loud I would find my husband and daughter hovering around to hear what was going to happen next.
I love the humour, sub plots and ridiculous situations PG Wodehouse's characters find themselves in and eventually extricate themselves from. Lots of good clean fun.
Jonathan Cecil is absolutely brilliant at bringing all the characters to life. I don't know how he keeps track of all the different voices he does!
I would bring Uncle Fred out to dinner as he seems a charming, eccentric and fun individual.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone wanting a bit of gentle fun and a good laugh out loud.
I think I would enjoy reading rather than hearing this book. Too many characters make it difficult to keep track of where the story is heading...
At least it is short. Each sentence is read with an exclamation mark. I didn't find this amusing.
"Had me laughing out loud!"
Firstly I have to mention that I love all things Wodehouse. Uncle Fred in the Springtime is in fact one of my favourite Wodehouse books. I am guessing that most people who download this audio book will likewise be Wodehouse fans, so I don't have to mention the intricate plot, and indeed plots within plots, and general pig stealing shenanigans, all of this will be familiar territory to the legions of loyal fans. What I must say is terrific though, is the narration by Jonathan Cecil. He is perfect! He really becomes all those characters and his voice is somehow so completely suited to what he is reading. I look forward to downloading all the Wodehouse novels that Jonathan Cecil has narrated.
"Not so witty wodehouse"
This was a bit longer than the usual Wodehouse and as such the story tended to ramble and it was tricky keeping track of some of the very similar characters.
Absolutely. I have been reading and listening to Wodehouse for many years and there are many titles, especially Summer Lightning and What Ho Jeeves.
He certainly attempts to bring the characters to life, and mostly succeeds. However the number of very similar characters as written by Wodehouse proved to be a challenge.
It has inspired me to check the length of comic novels before purchasing. I found the character of Uncle Fred a bit flat, so will avoid him in future.
I would certainly look out for other books narrated by Jonathan Cecil.
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