Uncle Dynamite

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Uncle Fred, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott - although being told that the love of his life, Hermione, was engaged to none other than Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did make Bill feel like he'd been struck behind the ear.

©2012 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2012 AudioGO

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Hermione...Herold Potter...Hmmm.

Has anyone else thought that Jo Rowling was inspired for her Harry Potter series by Uncle Dynamite?

Characters named: Hermione...Herold Potter...Reginald (sounds so close to Ronald) Reading tea leaves----Owls----an irascible uncle and a horse-faced aunt. Fred the trickster. I could go on and on. Marauders. Billius. Okay. I'll stop now ---- but seriously!

I am positive with the muffins bit and the heavy use of Gorgon ---- that Wodehouse was much inspired by Wilde as well.

And let me be clear ---- I love Sir Pelham's books! He is My favorite humorist of all-time.

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Uncle Fred Fixes All!

If you could sum up Uncle Dynamite in three words, what would they be?

Wodehouse Willfully Rushed

What other book might you compare Uncle Dynamite to and why?

Blandings Castle stories, some including Uncle Fred, others Galahad

What three words best describe Jonathan Cecil’s voice?

Rich, flexible, hurried

Who was the most memorable character of Uncle Dynamite and why?

Mugsy, the aging tyrannical father and freeloader

Any additional comments?

Jonathan Cecil has the chops to carry Wodehouse off, but his delivery is oddly rushed in Uncle Dynamite. Part of the sublime charm of Wodehouse is the juxtaposition of the lazy, idling summer days of the feckless rich, with madcap, antic pratfalls and verbal parrying. At once dreamlike and lilting and screwball farce. But for some reason, the editors or Cecil rush one line of dialog after another, almost into an unbroken string, as if a rapid-fire delivery might add to the story. I don't think it does, and robs the tale of its momentum, which, if rendered at a human pace, would have built to a cacophonous crescendo by its culmination. Still, an immensely enjoyable listen, even if not quite reaching the heights.

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One of Jonathan Cecil’s Best Outings

Take the enjoyment of the book itself for granted. With very few exceptions, the Wodehouse bookshelf can be relied upon for unfailing entertainment. This is particularly true when Uncle Fred gets involved. When the book is served up as audio, it's the reading that makes or breaks that enjoyment. And in this case, our reader does not disappoint. Cecil’s performance here stands comparison to his Uncle Fred in the Springtime, Code of the Woosters, Big Money, A Few Quick Ones and Love Among the Chickens.

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Wodehouse at his best.

I have listened to this story at least 6 times over the years. An absolute magnificent performance by Jonathan Cecil in reading Wodehouse at his best.

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More fun with Uncle Fred

What made the experience of listening to Uncle Dynamite the most enjoyable?

Without question, Jonathan Cecil's reading is what makes listening to this story great. It's a fun story (though not quite as great as the Uncle Fred story Cocktail Time), with all of the loopiness and goofiness we expect of a classic Wodehouse story. And Jonathan Cecil's reading makes it shine.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Dynamite?

Without revealing one of the amusing plot twists...at the end of the story, I was delighted as Uncle Fred put Sir Aylmer Bostock in his place.

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

Jonathan Cecil is one of those rare readers who goes beyond being a good reader and becomes the embodiment of the author's work. Jonathan Cecil's reading of all the characters is excellent, but his portrayal of Uncle Fred is just perfect.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Uncle Dynamite makes me smile, laugh, and guffaw in many places. Uncle Fred is just a treasure as he goes about "spreading sweetness and light", cajoling, threatening, and blackmailing people all in the name of increasing happiness for everyone around him.

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Terrific! Wodehouse and Cecil are a great combo.

Follows the tried and true formula of other Wodehouse novels, especially the Blandings series, which has featured the beloved Uncle Dynamite once before. If you enjoyed other screwball comedies with the usual nearly ill-fated love matches of other Wodehouse novels (and you know you do!), you can't go wrong with this one.

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Brilliant narration

Jonathan Cecil at his best.
A wonderful gallery (if that's the word I want) of voices. Jonathan Cecil is a genius.