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Publisher's Summary

Things on board the R.M.S. Atlantic are terribly, terribly complicated...

Monty Bodkin loves Gertrude, who thinks he likes Lotus Blossom, a starlet, who definitely adores Ambrose, who thinks that she has a thing for his brother, Reggie, who is struck by Mabel Spence, sister-in-law of Ikey Llewellyn (movie mogul, Ambrose's prospective employer, and reluctant smuggler), but hasn't the means to marry her.

With well-meaning but unhelpful ship's steward Albert Peasemarch and a toy mouse with a screw-top head thrown in for good measure, it will, indead, take the luck of the Bodkins to sort it all out.

©2008 Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • George
  • 04-08-13

Well written - well read

The publisher's summary sums up the plot very well - and Wodehouse is in his usual excellent form devising twists and turns, some of which you see coming and look forward to and others which take you by surpise.



Jonathan Cecil narrates this very well, handling a number of different accents with professional competence.



I listened to this with my father, a lifelong Wodehouse fan, on a journey from Buckinghamshire to Inverness-shire and we were only disappointed that our destination was not somewhat further away.

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  • Zoony Lazoon
  • 06-17-19

Outstanding reading

The performance is sublime - exactly what Wodehouse needs. Cecil does bewilderment so beautifully. Plummy and hilarious.

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  • Frank
  • 01-04-18

The Luck of the Bodkins

This a most enjoyable book. The reader Jonatha Cecil makes the characters come to life. If like P. G. Wodehouse you will love version of The Luck of the Bodkins.

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  • Oscar
  • 05-13-14

One of the very best

What made the experience of listening to The Luck of the Bodkins the most enjoyable?

This is Wodehouse writing at the peak of his considerable powers. A great cast of hilarious characters, some astonishingly good scenes and sequences all of which are plotted in a masterly fashion.

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

This is the first P G Wodehouse I have listened to narrated by Jonathan Cecil; heretofore, I was a Martin Jarvis devotee. However, I have to say that although Jonathan Cecil's performance is quite different -and he doesn't have the great range that Martin Jarvis has, I found myself completely won over by his interpretation and his Lotty Blossom and Ikey Llewellyn are fabulously unforgettable.

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  • Lord Emsworth
  • 03-15-21

Another Wodehouse winner

I've read so many books by the wonderful P.G. Wodehouse that I am not always sure, until I get started, whether I have read the book in my hand before. To my great delight I soon realised I had never read The Luck of the Bodkins (1935).

I had however read Heavy Weather (1933), which precedes it, and Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin (1972) which belatedly (in terms of publishing date) picks up the story again.

Jonathan Cecil's narration is superb as always

The Luck of the Bodkins continues the story of the complicated love life of amiable young Monty Bodkin, the nephew of Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe. When Monty last appeared in Heavy Weather he was the latest in the long line of Lord Emsworth's secretaries. He is still hoping to marry his fiancée Gertrude Butterwick but, as usual, the course of true love does not run smoothly.

PGW hits us with a zinger on the first page...

"Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French."

The Luck of the Bodkins is another Wodehousian wonder. A delight from start to finish. What it lacks in tears rolling down the cheeks total hilarity it makes up for with inventiveness and splendid characters. Most of the action takes place on an ocean liner, the RMS Atlantic, en route to New York from England which provides the perfect context for the usual misunderstandings which thwart the path of true love.

Needless to say it's another Wodehouse winner.

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  • PD
  • 03-02-15

Pure bliss

If you are a PG fan it really is worth jumping from Bertie and Blandings to Bodkins (and all the other less famous work). Wonderful, evocative, laugh out loud entertainment. God bless you PG.

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  • H
  • 07-18-14

Wonderful!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Bought this for a long car journey, and was chuckling all the way to Toulouse...!!!

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  • KT
  • 11-12-21

Hugely entertaining

Great narration by Jonathan Cecil who really can't be beaten for his renditions of Wodehouse.

The story itself isn't Wodehouse in his absolute prime, but he's well in his way. Some of descriptions and characterisations are classic PG and hugely entertaining. Above all there's a great sense of fun.

Highly recommended.

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  • swirley
  • 09-28-21

Sublime

Jonathan Cecil did Wodehouse to a T. Thoroughly enjoyable not least because of performance

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  • LMC
  • 09-10-21

Wodehouse at Sea

Monty Bodkin may not be as well-known as Jeeves or Lord Emsworth, but he is a worthy member of Wodehouse's cast of characters. This book takes place almost entirely on an ocean liner travelling from London to New York. Wodehouse is in his most farcical form, embroiling his characters in complex entaglments that become progressively more ridiculous. Ship steward Albert Peasemarch is a minor gem in the Wodehouse canon. The narration by Jonathan Cecil is lively and appropriate.