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Publisher's Summary

If Lord Ickenham had not succumbed to the temptation to dislodge the hat of Beefy Bastable, the irascible QC, with a well-aimed Brazil nut, the latter's famous legal mind might never have been stimulated to literature. But the incident provoked Beefy to write his exposé of the younger generation, a novel so shocking that it caused endless repercussions for its hapless author, and sparked off a whole series of outrageous misunderstandings that it would take the inventive talents of Lord Ickenham himself to resolve.

©1958 P.G. Wodehouse (P)2016 Blackstone Audio

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Uncle Fred...

Mr Wodehouse, you were a great man when storytelling. And your legacy continues-even in 2016.
Thank you for sharing with us. For keeping alive in us whom read, a special place called... JOY!

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Happy Hours

Published in 1958, Cocktail Time stands as a 6-hour, 9-minute rebuttal to those who claim that, after the Second World War, the quality of Wodehouse’s work declined. As one dust jacket called it, this “novel about a novel” displays the Master’s undiminished capacity for brisk dialogue and Byzantine plots. And Jonathan Cecil hands in a performance that makes it all the more intoxicating.

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Laugh Out Loud Fun!

There is a magic in combining Jonathan Cecil's colorful narration with Wodehouse's witty prose. Add a dollop of one of my favorite Wodehouse characters, Uncle Dynamite, one can't help but laugh out loud throughout. I didn't want it to end.

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If Downtown Abbey were well written and funny com

If you wondered where Downtown Abbey got their plots, look no further than any PG Woodhouse book. Take out the comedy and prose And you have D. A.

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My Favorite Favorite

As much as I love Jeeves and Wooster, it's the Blandings Castle stories that make me laugh the longest and loudest. And when those stories include Uncle Fred I know my journey from start to finish will be a good one. Cocktail Time is my favorite favorite. It doesn't matter if I'm reading a bound copy or listening to the audio version; it is time well spent.

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Love Uncle Fred

Another delightful several hours spent in English countryside with eccentrics of all sorts. Time well spent.

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Guys blathering

I think I've lost all patience for bland stories about the life of privileged white men. PGW prose is delightful, but I can't get past the self-congratulating tone and storylines.

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Wodehouse's best, brilliantly read

Wodehouse is a variable author, going from so-so to hilarious and compelling. And this is his best. Uncle Fred is a delightful character, and he absolutely shines in this one. He brings his desire to spread sweetness and light (or meddle in others' business) to the people around him, along with his tireless energy and utter disregard for this thing we call "the truth". Wodehouse spins a twisty, intertwined story which is an absolute delight to see resolved.

And the reading? Jonathan Cecil is always good, and in this one he is just spot-on with his timing and tones.

If you like Wodehouse, get this story.

If you don't know if you like Wodehouse, this is the one to try.

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The Best

I've been listening to several of his works lately and this is one of his finest. It made me chuckle about the plot and the word play. A wonderful distraction.

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Never loved a Wodehouse book more!!!

I've loved Wodehouse all my life. But, I've never loved one more.

Uncle Fred is his very best character.

And, the narrator is the best of all time.