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Wake Up, Sir!: A Novel | [Jonathan Ames]

Wake Up, Sir!: A Novel

Alan Blair, the hero of Wake Up, Sir!, is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He's very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes.
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Alan Blair, the hero of Wake Up, Sir!, is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He's very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes. He embarks on a perilous and bizarre road journey, his destination being an artists' colony in Saratoga Springs. There Alan encounters a gorgeous femme fatale who is in possession of the most spectacular nose in the history of noses. Such a nose can only lead to a wild disaster for someone like Alan, and Jeeves tries to help him, but...

Well, listen and find out!

©2004 Jonathan Ames; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • A 2004 Notable Book of the Year (The New York Times Book Review)

"[An] inventive romp. (The New Yorker)
"Ames' tale zips along, brimming with comedy and wild details, proving him to be a winning storyteller and a consummate, albeit exceedingly eccentric, entertainer." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathleen Folsom, CA, United States 02-16-08
    Kathleen Folsom, CA, United States 02-16-08 Member Since 2005

    I travel 50 miles a day, so Audible books are a blessing to me. I read or listen to anything.

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    "Too Dark for me!"

    While this book kept me listening, it was too dark for me. This is a story of a man without hope who learns nothing. As a consequence, the reader who invests time in this book must look for other reasons to stay with it.

    I suppose if you were looking for someone more miserable than you might be at the time you are reading this review, this book will strike a chord. Otherwise, I would recommend something lighter.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helena IlheusBrazil 03-24-07
    Helena IlheusBrazil 03-24-07
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    "Difficult to listen to"

    I bought this audio some months ago. At the time, the lack of reviews here sent me to amazon.com, where I read some very favorable opinions. The flat tone in which it is narrated, makes it very difficult for one to concentrate on the story and to recognize it's literary value.
    I have just finished listening to Bryce Courtanay's "The Potato Factory", narrated by Humphrey Bower: an example of fine narration, that made me aware of how important this feature is in audio books.
    I haven't yet been able to listen to much more than 3 hours of "Wake Up, Sir", but I feel it could be very interesting to listen to, if narrated with quality.
    Would I have bought this audio book, anyway, if I had known this much? No; but I would have probably bought the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marlina Santa Rosa, CA, USA 08-28-08
    Marlina Santa Rosa, CA, USA 08-28-08
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    "Authors Shouldn't Narrate"

    If you can get past the dull narration by the author(sorry!), the book is actually quite good. A modern, American, take on Wodehouse. Very funny!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yvo KampenhoutBelgium 01-20-07
    Yvo KampenhoutBelgium 01-20-07
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    "Really depressing"

    The worst book I listened to over the past three years. Guaranteed to worsen your mental condition especially if you are already feeling depressed. If you enjoy craving over the futility of life over a set of futile pages, this is something for you. "Read by the author" did not help. There should be a health warning on the package of this one.Make sure to hear a sample before you buy. The authors' voice, style and tone is totally in line with the content.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 07-17-14
    Alicia 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Definitely for a certain type of person..."

    I absolutely loved this book. That being said, I am that type of person. Jonathan Ames is a quirky, neurotic and brilliant writer but you kind of need an open mind to really appreciate him. The main characters of his fiction books are undeniably based on himself and I thought it was especially fascinating that this book seemed to be a continuation in the adventures of the main character from Ames other novel, The Extra Man. Therefore, if you want more context for what's going on in this novel you should probably read or listen to that one first.

    Take all of the negative reviews with a grain of salt. If you are interested in this book but feel wary, look up J.Ames on the interwebs and maybe listen to an interview of him by Marc Maron to see if his personality will mesh with yours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Hauschildt Portsmouth, NH United States 01-30-14
    John Hauschildt Portsmouth, NH United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "The narration kills it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was the first audiobook (in hundreds) that I couldn't bear to finish. The narration was simply that awful.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love Wodehouse, and I really love the author's Bored to Death TV show, so I thought this book might be a perfect mix. It may well be, but not in audio format.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was monotone, but I've listened to other monotone narrations (Kramer's narration of the Butcher Boy series, for example) that were excellent. No, it's just that the narration was terrible. With professional narration, it might be an excellent audiobook.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I won't know until and if I read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Apologies to Jonathan Ames for picking on his narration. His TV series Bored to Death is fantastic, and I know the man has a great deal of talent. But narration is definitely not one of them. I only wish I could have found out if writing a book is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Basel, Switzerland 09-09-11
    "unknown" Basel, Switzerland 09-09-11
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    "really enjoyable"

    I listened to all of his audiobooks. While this one is not my favorite, I really enjoyed it. Especially the way he reads the book by himself. It is true that he might vocally "downgrade" his story with a not as enthusiastic style as other narrators might have. But it absolutely fits the story. His reading accompanies the absurdity of it in a way that it doesn't get silly but stays funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very funny..."

    I liked the book, but didn't like the narrator's voice.His slow,nasal tone could put people to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Waldoboro, ME, United States 12-01-06
    Bruce Waldoboro, ME, United States 12-01-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Too many imponderables, Sir."

    When I was within the last 30 minutes and I needed to erase the file and give up. I have stuck it out through such mind numbing books as “It” and “The Stand” because eventually there comes a redeeming quality that justifies the effort. I listened relentlessly through the narrator/author mispronouncing “didn’t” (dint), “wouldn’t”(wount), “written”(wri-en), and others more bizarre to put in type (after around 12 hours it was a grain of sand in my shoe), hoping it would be worth it, and it never was. The story was marginal. Too few funny situations to classify it as humorous. The narration was bad, but not the worst I have listened to. On the other hand if you don’t mind filling you time with endlessly corrupted elocution delivered in a monotone about situations that are for the most part not humorous, then this is the book for you. Unfortunately, because he may have great works in him, I will avoid this author in the future, and may be poorer for it. Maybe. However, I will not regret never listening to him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Baltimore, MD, USA 11-22-06
    Michael Baltimore, MD, USA 11-22-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Paula is right!"

    I am sure, by listening carefully, that this is a funny book and a worthy representation of P.G. Wodehouse. It is also the absolutely worst reading by the author that I have ever experienced. I always like author-read works, as who knows better what they had in mind when the words were written? Paula (see other review) has nailed all the adjectives I would have used. The story is funny though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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