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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (438 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: August 2016 ISBN: 9781504796859
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These wonderfully funny short stories feature a cast of outrageous characters, all plotting to save themselves from wedlock, poverty, or ignominy—with various degrees of success. This recording includes the following stories: “All’s Well with Bingo,” “Bingo and the Peke Crisis,” “The Editor Regrets,” “Sonny Boy,” “Anselm Gets His Chance,” “Romance at Droitgate Spa,” “A Bit of Luck for Mabel,” “Buttercup Day,” and “Ukridge and the Old Stepper.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are several great Wodehouse narrators—Martin Jarvis and Edward Duke, for example—who can sound wry and silly and imperious and pompous as the characters biff on and off the stage. Jonathan Cecil is one of them. He has a twinkle in his voice as the characters blunder about.”

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  • “Jonathan Cecil, equally adept at the silly and the pompous, matches Alexander Spencer and Martin Jarvis as a great Wodehouse interpreter.”

    Library Journal

  • “P. G. Wodehouse is still the funniest writer ever to have put words on paper.”

    Hugh Laurie, praise for the author

  • “Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever.”

    Douglas Adams, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/11/2014

    " Don't get me wrong; I love PG Wodehouse. However, in short story form and without Jeeves, it develops a feeling of sameness that makes it hard to keep plowing through. I chuckled a decent bit, so I'm happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J B Mills | 2/2/2014

    " Funny. A little predictable after a bit. The stories with "Bingo" are definitely the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeeha Maqbool | 1/8/2014

    " Bingo Little has become one of my favourite Wodehouse characters. I tried to read the first story aloud to my sister but I was laughing too hard. She had to read it herself and was as enamoured of him as I am. He's turned out to be one of the best things we share. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 12/30/2013

    " One of his best. Really, really lose-your-breath funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/18/2013

    " All PG Wodehouse books are more or less the same, but they are all wonderful. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud while reading, especially in fiction, but I laughed often during this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 9/20/2013

    " While Wodehouse is a brilliant satirist, the stories became quite tedious and repetitive. It's much more fun to read them one at a time, with long lapses in between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Hill | 8/25/2013

    " Worth slogging through the first three stories to get to the Mulliner and Ukridge tales. The last few are great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Roden | 8/22/2013

    " Bingo Little, Mr Mulliner, and Ukridge all in one volume! A delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tashfeen | 8/16/2013

    " A light read, the book is a classic from the house of PG Wodehouse. Comprises of the dry british humour and is a great fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rickeclectic | 12/7/2012

    " Short stories about the kind of folks that hung about the clubs in London. Some funny stories involving friends of Bertie Worcester. A good choice for folks who already like Wodehouse and not a bad choice for newbies (though there are better first choices). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin Powell | 10/26/2012

    " Archibald Mulliner, Bingo Little - these little yarns are gut holding funny. If you like a good laugh; read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Nadolny | 3/24/2012

    " Another classic by old PG. You can't go wrong with his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Nenadov | 2/11/2012

    " Masterful, masterful. You could tell from the title alone that this one would be smashing. This is part of the Ukridge series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Ann | 12/12/2011

    " This was fun, but got a little old at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Zaffini | 11/14/2011

    " Witty and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 10/11/2011

    " A collection of his short stories, always fun. There are a few Ukridge stories here, which I think is my least favorite Wodehouse character, but still worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 9/6/2011

    " It's not the fruitiest or fizziest of the Wodehouse books, but it's always a blast to spend time with Bingo Little and the family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/1/2011

    " Worth slogging through the first three stories to get to the Mulliner and Ukridge tales. The last few are great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 1/16/2011

    " A collection of his short stories, always fun. There are a few Ukridge stories here, which I think is my least favorite Wodehouse character, but still worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 12/28/2010

    " Bingo Little, Mr Mulliner, and Ukridge all in one volume! A delight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/7/2010

    " Another classic by old PG. You can't go wrong with his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tashfeen | 8/13/2009

    " A light read, the book is a classic from the house of PG Wodehouse. Comprises of the dry british humour and is a great fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rickeclectic | 12/8/2008

    " Short stories about the kind of folks that hung about the clubs in London. Some funny stories involving friends of Bertie Worcester. A good choice for folks who already like Wodehouse and not a bad choice for newbies (though there are better first choices). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/30/2008

    " All PG Wodehouse books are more or less the same, but they are all wonderful. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud while reading, especially in fiction, but I laughed often during this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/26/2008

    " Listened to this recorded. Jonathan Cecil is my favorite reader...so funny!! I am always amused by Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia in Jute | 6/4/2008

    " Funny. A little predictable after a bit. The stories with "Bingo" are definitely the best. "

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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.