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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (34 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: 9781482982275
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At the house party at Chateau Blissac, Brittany features a rather odd array of guests this year.

Mr. J. Wellington Gedge is hoping for some peace and quiet while his wife takes herself off for a while. She, however, has invited numerous visitors to the chateau, to whom he will have to play reluctant host. Senator Opal and his daughter are expected, and so is the chateau’s handsome owner Vicomte de Blissac.

When a certain letter goes missing, landing the Senator in the proverbial hot water, it’s up to Packy Franklyn, a great pal of the Vicomte’s, to sort out the mess. Unfortunately, this involves a little light safe-cracking.                                          

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 2/16/2014

    " First off I loved the title of this one. It's one of his stand-alone cast of characters, the main fellow being a bit Psmith-like, which I loved. Very, very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MK Javaji | 1/25/2014

    " P.G. Wodehouse is one of my favorites, I have read most of his collections and I think this is one of his masterpieces. I love love love the book, every time I read it, I can't stop laughing. It's extremely funny, brilliantly written with lesser known but unforgettable characters, this never fails to uplift my mood, will remain my favorites of PGW. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/23/2014

    " Early Wodehouse is still the best. Characters from other Wodehouse books tend to cameo, adding to the hilarity and making the reader feel honored members of a special universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/21/2014

    " This is one of my favorite non-series Wodehouse novels. The plot is hilariously convoluted, and the end moves at a breakneck pace. A lot of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Asarnow | 1/18/2014

    " 10.03pm "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua | 1/14/2014

    " candyfloss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronak Banker | 1/12/2014

    " Great plot with lots of the typical Wodehouse goodies sprinkled viz. alias's, stealing plans, country house, fiancee bent on 'reforming', etc... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/25/2013

    " Delightful! I totally enjoyed this book on audio. Read by Jonathan Cecil. It was so funny and entertaining. Great for listening to in the car. Elaborate plot of twists and turns with a variety of interesting classic comical characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/6/2013

    " Again with some interchangeable characters - but still funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 10/29/2013

    " Best ok, maar zeker niet zijn beste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamizhmarai | 10/27/2013

    " The plot gets inextricably entangled towards the end and just when you begin to think that this time PG Wodehouse has overreached himself, he pulls off a fantastic climax and brings about a denouement that leaves everyone happy, satisfied and smiling. Brilliant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meltique | 9/10/2013

    " Classic Wodehouse wit & some wonderful lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Whiteland | 3/11/2013

    " The usual cast of wealthy young things, aristocrats and crooks mingle on the French coast to good effect. I love it that the height of passion in a Wodehouse novel usually results in a bout of hand-holding. Good stuff as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/9/2013

    " Fun read as Wodehouse always is! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asher Conrad | 1/6/2013

    " P.G. Wodehouse is such wonderful light reading. He is always the perfect choice for a pick-me-up, and "Hot Water" is one of his best. This book has the usual array of young bachelors and millionaires, and is a lovely comedy of errors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pankaj Thakur | 8/9/2012

    " My Favorite by P G Wodehouse "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshni | 7/11/2012

    " Franklyn is a fantastic character that brings a laugh with every antic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 6/24/2012

    " A very fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuckova | 6/3/2012

    " People who like this sort of thing will find this (very much) the sort of thing that they like. No Jeeves, no Psmith; closer to "A Damsel in Distress" which is still pure Wodehouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisyjess | 1/30/2012

    " Anything that can go wrong, will, but if it happens in Hot Water it will also get you laughing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjiv Raj | 11/6/2011

    " Another bumbling rich kid from the Wodehouse world and surprisingly lands the girl of his dreams as well. That's a rarity for PGW! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J B Mills | 8/30/2011

    " I adore P.G. Wodehouse. This book was hilarious. I think he does better with the longer format than the short story, though I wasn't expecting that. I can't wait to read everything he's written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stradonis | 3/27/2011

    " Typical. I wanna marry this writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 2/3/2011

    " Like Wodehouse's book "French Leave", this is a twist on the usual Wodehouse with a plot centred on Americans in France, no doubt to appeal to his growing American public at that time. The format doesn't work that well for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 9/2/2010

    " Rally wasn't in the mood for this. Another recycled plot involving improbable double identities, burgling a safe and the upper classes generally behaving badly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 7/22/2010

    " First off I loved the title of this one. It's one of his stand-alone cast of characters, the main fellow being a bit Psmith-like, which I loved. Very, very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 7/21/2010

    " This is one of my favorite non-series Wodehouse novels. The plot is hilariously convoluted, and the end moves at a breakneck pace. A lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjiv | 6/19/2010

    " Another bumbling rich kid from the Wodehouse world and surprisingly lands the girl of his dreams as well. That's a rarity for PGW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 3/19/2010

    " Fun read as Wodehouse always is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 9/8/2009

    " good outloud reading in a tent in the Sierras.
    soup slattery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stradonis | 3/28/2009

    " Typical. I wanna marry this writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 12/22/2008

    " Like Wodehouse's book "French Leave", this is a twist on the usual Wodehouse with a plot centred on Americans in France, no doubt to appeal to his growing American public at that time. The format doesn't work that well for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia in Jute | 9/19/2008

    " I adore P.G. Wodehouse. This book was hilarious. I think he does better with the longer format than the short story, though I wasn't expecting that. I can't wait to read everything he's written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 7/17/2007

    " Delightful! I totally enjoyed this book on audio. Read by Jonathan Cecil. It was so funny and entertaining. Great for listening to in the car. Elaborate plot of twists and turns with a variety of interesting classic comical characters. "

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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.