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The house party at Chateau Blissac, Brittany, features a rather odd array of guests this year.

Mr. J. Wellington Gedge is hoping for some peace and quiet while his wife takes herself off for a while. She, however, has invited numerous visitors to the chateau, to whom he will have to play reluctant host. Senator Opal and his daughter are expected, and so is the chateau's handsome owner, Vicomte de Blissac.

When a certain letter goes missing, landing the senator in the proverbial hot water, it's up to Packy Franklyn, a great pal of the vicomte's, to sort out the mess. Unfortunately this involves a little light safecracking.

©2015 Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2015 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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I Always Forget How Funny This One Is

I say “always” because Hot Water has been on my perpetual Wodehouse listening rotation since the days of cassettes and boom boxes. That rotation includes 50-some books, so there’s plenty of time to forget Senator Opal’s description of Blair Eggleston (“you pop-eyed defective”), the bird’s eye view of the Chateau de Blissac (supplied for the benefit of those readers who are not birds) or the many moods of J. Wellington Gedge when under the influence.

If you’re trying to decide between this recording or the one featuring a rather badly drawn bathtub, go for the tub. It’s the same faultless performance by Jonathan Cecil, but the menu contains the 18 chapters Wodehouse intended, not, as here, 145 random fragments.

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Splendid fun

A delightful love story combined with a madcap farce...no, really, it is perfect fun. And again Mr Cecil proves he is the best there is when it comes to voice acting and narrating Wodehouse. Whether as a nefarious safecracker from Chicago, a phony lady’s maid, a French duke, an American senator or even as the senator’s daughter, he makes it all quite believable—or as believable as farce can be. A satisfying resolution, too. What more could one want?

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New characters. Old hijinks

This Wodehouse tale has only one British aristocrat but there's a host of rich as well as some nefarious Americans whose lives intersect in a crazy tale. There are surprises right up to the last chapter. A fun listen.

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hilarious tangled story

a tangled plot with tons of unexpected reverses, mistaken identies and controlling women. worth enjoying multiple times.

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Excellent Wodehouse

This book is one of Wodehouse’s best, and Cecil’s performance is without equal. I’m just trying to prevent the technical difficulty I had from entering the review. Three times the playback stopped, and each time I had trouble recovering where it had been. Instead of chapter divisions that match the book. The audio has divisions every 3 minutes or so, and it never returned to where it had stopped. I’m new to Audible. Had expected better. Hope this only applies to this first book I’ve listened to.

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delightful!

I loved every second of the wonderfully entertaining story and, my g[dress, the narrator was Fabulous!

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Another Wodehouse masterpiece

First of all, Jonathan Cecil's narration is right on. He has narrated multiple Wodehouse novels and he is superb. Keep up the good work, Mr. Cecil!

As for the story: this story is much like Cocktail Time (my #1 favorite Wodehouse story): a fun romance story with lots of characters weaving together. There's no Uncle Fred (alas), but we do get an Uncle Fred-ish character who has a similar disregard for what the rest of us call "truth". It's a treat to see Gordon Carlisle and Gertie in action again, particularly with the two of them starting off the story estranged from one another. As always, the story ends with the young lovers are united (with the right people), happiness reigning supreme, and the dishonest Carlisles no richer. Even Soup Slattery - a fun addition to this wide-ranging stable of characters - ends with the prospect of life improving.

I've listened to this several times and will doubtless do it again. I think this is probably now my #2 favorite Wodehouse story.

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Hot Water is My Cup of Tea!

Not only enjoyed the story but loved the performance. I am amazed at the versatility of the voice actor.

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More mistaken identities than a Shakespeare play

Mistaken identities is not quite accurate. Deceptive identities- disguised characters- might be better. Classic Wodehouse fun. I find listening both entertaining and relaxing. Takes me out of my own problems as an entertaining escape and yet I can justify listening as educational as well- rather like listening to a thesaurus sometimes. Fun to have a couple classic Wodehouse criminals meet up for this particular yarn.

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What a relief!

Do you need to get your mind off all the pandemic troubles with a book that will keep you riveted? Hot Water did just that for me. You have to laugh in spite of yourself. And it’s read delightfully! P. G. Woodhouse at his best.