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Publisher's Summary

Joey Cooley is a golden-curled child film star, the idol of American motherhood. Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot, is a boxing blue on a mission to save his wayward cousin from the fleshpots of Hollywood. Both are under anaesthetic at the dentists when something strange happens - and their identities are swapped. Suddenly Joey can use his six-foot frame to get his own back on his Hollywood persecutors. But Reggie has to endure everything Joey had to put up with in the horrible life of a child star - including kidnap. Laughing Gas is Wodehouse’s brilliantly funny take on the 'If I were you' theme - a wry look at the dangers of getting what you wish for in the movie business and beyond.

©2011 Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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very silly story

very silly, but still a hoot. not sure I'd listen a second too, but fun once

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Great fun

Jonathan Cecil was perfect for this story. He captured the mood perfectly.
It was a fun summer diversion and I enjoyed it very much.

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I love Wodehouse's use of language!

Would you consider the audio edition of Laughing Gas to be better than the print version?

I have only heard Laughing Gas, never read it, so I could not compare the print version with the audio. I love the way Jonathan Cecil reads this, though.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot is probably my favorite character.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favorite?

But Cecil performs Eggy really well. I also like the way he portrays the kid, Joey Cooley.

If you could take any character from Laughing Gas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Definitely, Lord Havershot

Any additional comments?

Wodehouse's plots are silly, but his use of language is unbeatable.

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  • E.M.
  • 12-01-15

Great narration by Jonathan Cecil

What made the experience of listening to Laughing Gas the most enjoyable?

The narration by Jonathan Cecil was really very good, and sounded just like I would have read it in my head. The book itself is very good - by any other author I might have given it five stars, but I didn't think it quite lived up to Wodehouse's heights

What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

His 'voices' were great.

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  • Ron
  • 09-15-15

A Wodehouse treat

I was always under the impression that Plum's time in Hollywood was regarded as a failure for screenwriting , but on the back of his he left them with he concept of body swapping situations, a concept used again and again in Hollywood movies. This story is full of classic Wodehouse language, a delight and amusing to listen to, having myself not ventured past Jeeves and Blandings would recommend this to listen to. Jonathan Cecil gets the tone spot on.

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  • kazza
  • 08-15-15

A fund book

Would you consider the audio edition of Laughing Gas to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I think Jonathan Cecil's narration is so entertaining that it brought the book to life.

What does Jonathan Cecil bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love his different voices and he made the characters real.

Any additional comments?

I haven't read PG Wodehouse before. This was an excellent introduction. A fun, enjoyable story.

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  • Nicola
  • 11-29-20

Another great read

The usual farcical situation wonderfully written with wit - and so well read. I am totally hooked.

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  • Ian Maclean
  • 10-25-20

Astonishingly Good

The most unexpected and wonderfully written and performed story I have read/listened to in a very long time. Every sentence a work of art and every minute a smile or spontaneous laugh-out-loud!

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  • MR C.
  • 04-05-20

Brilliant as always. Cecil and Woodhouse - perfect

The combination of Cecil and Woodhouse is flawless. Only downside is I will eventually run out and will have to start back again at the beginning!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-19

Consistently funny

I first read this book fifty years ago, and consider it one of Wodehouse’s best: consistently funny from beginning to end. Jonathan Cecil’s narration is, as always, excellent: just the right tone.

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  • Clare Skelton
  • 09-27-16

Daft but entertaining

I enjoyed it even tho the story is pretty silly but then when isn't classic Wodehouse silly?

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  • Nevermore
  • 11-28-15

Not the best PG Wodehouse

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no...this is a mild mannered comedy based on a great idea but somehow not really coming together as well as it usually does. It is well read though

Would you be willing to try another book from P.G. Wodehouse? Why or why not?

Yes because I have read many of his books

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There was no one scene that really stood out

Could you see Laughing Gas being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

If you are a PGW fan you will be disappointed. If you are new to him this is not the best book to try!

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  • Angeles
  • 10-09-15

Magnificent

Extremely funny story. Impeccable performance! Absolutely enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone I know.