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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781482982244
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Most of the big money belongs to Torquil Paterson Frisby, the dyspeptic American millionaire—but that doesn’t stop him wanting more out of it. His niece, the beautiful Ann Moon, is engaged to “Biscuit,” Lord Biskerton, who doesn’t have very much of the stuff and so he has to escape to Valley Fields to hide from his creditors. Meanwhile, his old school friend Berry Conway, who is working for Frisby, himself falls for Ann—just as Biscuit falls for her friend Kitchie Valentine. Life in the world of Wodehouse can sometimes become a little complicated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Light as a feather, but fabulous.”

    Ben Elton, praise for the author’s works

  • “You don’t analyze such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendor.”

    Stephen Fry, praise for the author

  • “Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists.”

    Susan Hill, praise for the author

  • “It’s dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I’ll risk it with him.”

    John Humphrys, English author and journalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 2/2/2014

    " A very pleasant, essentially romantic, novel about some toffs, their money and love worries written in Wodehouse's gentlemanly whimsy manner. Lot's of 'golly!'s and 'bally-good old boy' and that sort of stuff. Charming, a nice read if not a literary masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Graff | 1/6/2014

    " Not Wodehouse's best, but certainly has moments. I felt that the characters were less interesting then in many other Wodehouse novels, the the plot seemed a bit meandering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 12/21/2013

    " A great anecdote to Wolf Hall! I always love the joy of immersing myself in Wodehouse's world now and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 12/6/2013

    " There are some choice passages, but for me, this wasn't an outstanding Wodehouse. The plot doesn't really come together until the end, and the characters are more type-like and less individual than in his best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shriya | 11/29/2013

    " Extremely Witty! Wodehouse is truly the master of comedy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg M | 11/28/2013

    " A fun book. No literary masterpiece but it's a good, fun story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/26/2013

    " Much the same themes as many others but different set of characters. Mildly amusing here and there but a bit "ordinary" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zechy | 11/25/2013

    " Hilarious. Not his best, but still funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esonja | 11/17/2013

    " Completely charming, this is modern chic-lit in its earliest beginnings (80 yrs ago), and written by a man. I attempted another Wodehouse on audio, and that didn't take at all; I definitely prefer the printed word for his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karky | 8/17/2013

    " I adore Plum and the silly little antics he plays with the English language. And his plots are such that I know everything will end up working itself out for the best, but with just enough complications that I still find much pleasure in following the progression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Adair | 8/8/2013

    " Fantastic. Wodehouse tells the story like only he can - so many twists and turns. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harith | 4/1/2013

    " More like a telugu movie. Action packed comedy. entertaining through out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ursula | 3/17/2013

    " My 1st PG Wodehouse, delightful humour and a thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen Short | 2/20/2013

    " Wodehouse once described these books as a sort of "musical comedy without the music". None of his recurring characters showed up in this one, but it's still delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 1/11/2013

    " Wodehouse never gets less than four stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richa | 11/30/2012

    " Hilarious, as always. You can't NOT enjoy a book whose lead character is called 'the Biscuit'. The wonderful world of Wodehouse never fails to bring cheer... :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 11/22/2012

    " Amusing as ever. The 'Biscuit' is a wonderful portrayal of a shambling upper class gent - the persona Boris Johnson would like to be perceived as - with no money and even less prospects of marrying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thaths | 9/28/2012

    " Though I'm partial to the Jeeves and Wooster and the Blandings Castle books, I occasionally venture out into the other realms of the Master's ouvre. And my venture into Big Money was fruitful. What a wonderful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Saliba | 9/5/2012

    " An entertaining read that was good for a few laughs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Dawson | 8/19/2012

    " This seemed to plod rather, compared to other Wodehousian stories: rather tame, I thought. Usually any new Wodehouse will charm me, even if all or most of the themes have been encountered in others of his books, but this one didn't quite gel with me. Good enough, but not outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 4/19/2012

    " Big Money is a stand alone novel and not part of a series. As the title suggests, the story is about money and a couple of fellows who are old school chums. There are also girls, romance, engagements, copper mines. Oh, and a gun. A good plot to follow with a sprinkling of humour that is Wodehouse. "

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About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre– and post–World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cecil (1939–2011) was a vastly experienced actor, appearing at Shakespeare’s Globe as well as in such West End productions as The Importance of Being Earnest, The Seagull, and The Bed before Yesterday. He toured in The Incomparable Max, Twelfth Night, and An Ideal Husband, while among his considerable television and film appearances were The Rector’s Wife, Just William, Murder Most Horrid, and As You Like It.