©1965 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)2000 BBC Audiobooks Limited
"A brilliantly funny writer, perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced." (The Times [London])
"In this superb volume of short stories featuring some of his favorite characters, Nigel Lambert sounds as if Wodehouse himself directed him. His timing is flawless, his characterizations masterful....This is a great comic interpreting the work of a great humorist." (AudioFile)
I've enjoyed reading P. G. Wodehouse, but listening to Nigel Lambert flawlessly personify all the characters was a far superior experience. As a collection of short stories, Lambert has to create voices for a large number of characters, since the cast changes from story to story. He seems to be channeling Wodehouse himself.
Well worth your time.
In some ways this collection seems a bit odd: it starts with a fairly long Blandings Castle story (a good one, in which the Efficient Baxter is pelted with air guns), which is followed by stories featuring several of Wodehouse's usual characters: Ukridge, Mulliner, The Oldest Member, etc.
The stories are all good, of course - though two or three of them were far more golf-oriented than a non-golfer like myself would have liked - but as a collection they seem a little random.
Still, Nigel Lambert is always a good reader - he does a particularly good Lord Emsworth - and this is a good choice for any Wodehouse fan.
Yes. Wodehouse stories contain so much sly wit, I hear some new bon mot everytime I listen.
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