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The Luck of the Bodkins

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Monty Bodkin, Book 1, Drones Club, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Summary

Seize this wonderful chance to embark on a Wodehousian voyage on the luxurious liner S.S. Atlantic - in the company of Monty Bodkin, whose passion for Gertrude Butterwick knows no bounds (except those set by the wild-at-heart Hollywood starlet Lotus Blossom and her pet alligator). Also aboard are a movie mogul, the centre-forward for the All-England ladies hockey team and the two Tennyson brothers (one of whom has been mistaken for the late poet laureate and given a fat movie contract...). Also a chatty steward, and a mouse doll in which all manner of things can be hidden. This hilarious comic novel is Wodehouse at full sail - a voyage of pure delight.
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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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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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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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Wodehouse high jinks on the high seas.

Wonderful, unforgettable characters, plus a snappy alligator and Albert Peasmarsh. It's all inexplicable! ( listen to find out why)

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Outstanding reading

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

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  • 02-03-15

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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  • 18-07-14

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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Clunky practice for Jeeves and Wooster

Although I'm a fan of other PGW books, this one is so full of characters staggering around in shellshocked silence at the news of some contrived plot twist, and then making ridiculously unlikely plot-advancing decisions in response, I simply couldn't make it to the end.
It's read very well though, and the sound is clear which sets it apart from other PGW books from audible.

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Good

Once again the chapter numbers on the index don't match the audio. Why? Otherwise fine.

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  • 16-10-15

Truly entertaining

keeps one hanging on wondering what seemingly impossible thing is going to take place next.