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Laughing Gas Audiobook

Laughing Gas

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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 in the ether.

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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    Clare Skelton horsham 27/09/2016
    Clare Skelton horsham 27/09/2016 Member Since 2013

    Wellbeing, food, environment and taking the dogs for a walk when and where I want.

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    "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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    E.M. 01/12/2015
    E.M. 01/12/2015
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    "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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    Nevermore 28/11/2015
    Nevermore 28/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "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 09/10/2015
    Angeles 09/10/2015
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    "Magnificent"

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

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    judith 05/10/2015
    judith 05/10/2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Narrator very well matched to the writing style! Made the journey to work so much more fun!!

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    Ron 15/09/2015
    Ron 15/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "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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    Mr. P. R. Lambert Leicester, UK 18/08/2015
    Mr. P. R. Lambert Leicester, UK 18/08/2015 Member Since 2014

    Pete Lambert

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    "Didn't finish"

    With no Bertie Wooster and with no Martin Jarvis, it just didn't fly for me.

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    kazza 15/08/2015
    kazza 15/08/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "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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    S. J. Woods 04/08/2015
    S. J. Woods 04/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Spiffing!"

    Really enjoyed the amusing farce. The reader was perfection. Language of the time used brilliantly to demonstrate how words and their meanings change over time

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    Andy Mac 24/07/2015
    Andy Mac 24/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "p.g. wodehouse"

    great book well read. i will buy more from this author and from this narrator.

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    02/08/15
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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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  • Mary
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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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