But now, in perfect innocence, thinking only to pass along an interesting bit of information, she had crushed Bill as effectively as if she had used a club for that purpose.
(P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Wodehouse's masterful language makes high comedy out of situations that would be dull or slapstick in less capable hands. He invites reading aloud....[Simon Vance] has a pleasant voice and a sympathetic feel for the material." (AudioFile)
"Uneasy Money offers plot twits that keep the ending from being too predictable and humor as sharp as in any of his other stories. Reader Simon Vance has a pleasant, Wodehousean voice that never becomes cloying." (Library Journal)
With all the various narration styles competing to interpret the Wodehouse array of characters, Simon vance does one better. He honors the writing. With style, and eye to subtlety and of course talent, this is by far one of the best readings of a Wodehouse gem!
Audio versions of Wodehouse novels are so reasonably priced I always keep some on my iPod for breaks from more intense listening experiences. As always, in PGW, the story is about class, money, inheritance, confused identities and engagements. This time the Brits visit America. Bees, a monkey, "wild" dancing and alcohol contribute to the silliness. Simon Vance provides the proper British tone essential to enjoying Wodehouse. Golfing, shown in the cover art, provides some humorous comments but does not really contribute to the plot.
still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.
this, i believe, was wodehouse's second effort (after "something fresh").
personally, if you are new to his work, i would start with either the jeeves and wooster stories, or the blandings castle saga. lists of those stories are easily found online.
[note to audible: you are missing a couple of the unabridged versions of the blandings stories ... "pigs have wings" for one]
"uneasy money" was ok, and you can see him working with some of the themes that he will continue to use for the rest of his career, which is interesting for an aficionado.
that said, i prefer other narrators (particularly jonathan cecil but even martin jarvis, federick davidson, or nigel lambert). simon vance is a little to 'standard bbc english' for my taste, but good. the storyline was not quite as sharp as his later work, imho, but still one can see glimpses of what is to come with the author.
three stars all around.
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