Summer Lightning

Narrated by: John Wells
Series: Drones Club, Blandings Castle, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

While Blandings Castle sleeps in the summer sun, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, brother of the Earl of Emsworth, is busily engaged in writing his Reminiscences, and they look set to be as warm as the weather, if not warmer. For Galahad has led a thoroughly misspent life, and his acquaintances can all too easily recall their past follies in his company.

Reputations are at stake and even the nobility and gentry are beginning to panic. And while various attempts are made to prevent his stories seeing the light of day, none are more curious than the sensational kidnapping of Lord Emsworth’s prize-winning sow, the Empress of Blandings...

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

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Not good enough to continue listening.

Well, this audiobook proves that a narrator can make or break a story. I am a big fan of Wodehouse and I feel like I would have enjoyed this novel, but now I can't even bring myself to read the book because I keep hearing the narrator's version, pedantic and difficult. Listening to this took more effort than it took for the narrator to read it.

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Too hilarious

It is Monty Python without the visuals. John Wells’ voices for the characters are perfect.

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Great Story but frustrating performance

I'm giving up on the story halfway through because the performance is so irritating. The narrator narration is unnatural and soporific. He makes a great try at voice acting but overdoes it to the point that it sounds totally contrived and sometimes difficult to understand. Lord Emsworth, after listening to previous books in the Blandings series, all of a sudden sounds like a woman - as do a couple of other men. It is not that John Wells is incapable of male voices, he does them well. But applying women's voices to men and overdoing the accents creates the uncanny valley that is so off-putting and leading me to return the book halfway in.

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Painfully Funny

In an earlier review I described Jonathan Cecil as the best Wodehouse narrator, but John Wells is every bit as good in Summer Lightning, sadly the only one he has recorded, as far as I know. Every character is perfect and this is Wodehouse at his best, side-splitting.

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Best Narrator Ever!

Another wacky Wodhouse story with a resourceful butler, bullying aunts, and clueless young blue bloods trying to marry. This narrator John Wells is a master of comedic voices, making me laugh out loud as much at his inflections, accents, and characterizations as at Wodehouse's witticisms and plot twists. Lots of fun.

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Narration is wonderful!

This story is very similar to another about "The emperess of Blandings Castle", but the narration is excellent! Very enjoyable

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Lightning strikes again thanks to Wodehouse!

Galahad's memoirs are the big threat and the big draw of this story. You need to get through the first few chapters where the characters are introduced to be able to fully enjoy the plot in full swing. Well worth the time at the front end for the marvelous pay off from the middle to the end.

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John Wells Gives a Fantastic Play

Story is your classic Wodehouse noblesse chikanry at its best - what makes this production rise above others is John Wells' peerless performance - double excellent and simply delicious!

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  • 04-14-20

Most amusing story, very well read

This novel was written in 1929 and features aristocracy similar to that of "Dowton Abbey". The characters are not complex, and nor is the plot, but it is pleasant to listen to this light-hearted fun. It is typical of the P.G.Wodehouse books and I would recommend the "Blanding Castle" stories to anyone who doesn't take life too seriously.

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  • Brooksies
  • 09-23-19

Lighthearted fun

I'm a big fan of P.G.Wodehouse and this book did not dissapoint. There's the usual mix-ups and romantic entanglements. This book is not read by Jonathan Cecil like a lot of the other audible books, but I really enjoyed the narrator too. Perfect lighthearted entertainment.

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  • Arnfinn Rong
  • 08-02-18

THE BEST WODEHOUSE BOOK! JOHN WELLS IS WONDERFUL!

The best Wodehouse book after Leave It To Psmith and Right-Ho, Jeeves. John Wells is WONDERFUL! HE SHOULD READ ALL BLANDINGS BOOKS!

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 07-20-16

Hurrah for Galahad!

This Blandings Castle story is a sunlit delight from beginning to end. The narration is good but it is really the excellent writing of Wodehouse himself that is the star here. It is great to listen to on a warm Summer's day or in the depths of winter when you need to be cheered up. A complete tonic.

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  • Dawn Martin
  • 08-18-20

First Class Wodehouse.

Wonderfully convoluted plot, sympathetic and savvy heroine, a fizzing Gally on top mischief making form and the case of the vanishing Empress.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-20

not to PG Wodehouse's usual standard

didn't enjoy this as much as some of PG Wodehouse's other works . still entertaining.

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  • bookman
  • 05-07-20

A marvellous performance of a comic classic

Each character brilliantly delineated by John Wells, not one comic beat missed. A tour de force.

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  • Mrs L.
  • 11-21-19

Something light and amusing bought to life.

Delightful story with wonderful characters and beautifully narrated. The days of the English aristocracy portrayed with great humour.

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  • Quilter
  • 05-23-19

Summer Lightning

PGW is a genius as any fule kno. What sets this version apart is the variety and aptness of the voices that John Wells brings to the characterisation. Best Wodehouse narrator I have found so far.

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  • Steve Brown
  • 09-26-18

Vintage Wodehouse

Wodehouse's writing sometimes reminds me of a cappuccino. Underneath the froth of hysterical plot lines and playfully exaggerated characters lies a stiff shot of serious expresso. And in Summer Lightning there is real pathos and emotional depth. Brilliantly read by Wells, the characters come to life in 3-D, despite their stereotypical origins.

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  • Rita
  • 03-02-19

A cleverly written story

If you like good English, an unpredictable story and comedy this is a book for you. Just brilliant!